new potato salad with creme fraiche, spring onions & smoked red pepper

new potatoes with creme fraiche, spring onions and smoked red pepper

I love potato salad but often find it can be a little stodgy. I prefer it made with new potatoes (especially these mediterranean new potatoes from Woolies) as they are lower in Gi and generally have a much nicer flavour. I often oven roast them first with a bit of olive oil and then toss them through a dressing.

I like new potato salad warm or cold, and I find creme fraiche lightens it up.

This is what I did to make this salad:

  • Smoked red pepper, creme fraiche and spring onion dressing or dip:

First make the dressing.  Add 2 generous Tablespoons of ‘The Smoking Shed’, smoked red bell pepper sprinkle and stir it into a 250gm tub of creme fraiche. Put this back in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to an hour. This allows the dried red peppers to rehydrate in the creme fraiche and soften.  When you stir it, it turns a lovely pink colour with all the delicious smokey flavours infused into the cream.  I then emptied this into a bowl and stirred in 2 heaped tablespoons of a good quality mayonnaise, a sprinkle of sea salt (I used our smoked salt), and a small bunch of finely chopped spring onions.  I added a very generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.  A little bit of chilli would also be lovely in this dressing to add a bit of a kick.

I boiled a bag of Woolies mediterranean new potatoes (700g) until just done.  I then rinsed under cold water and allowed them to cool. if you wanted to serve this salad warm, allow the spuds to cool slightly before tossing through the dressing. Decorate with freshly chopped chives.

If you don’t have the smoked red pepper, you could use smoked paprika (much smaller quantities though), or you could leave it out.  This dressing also make a stunning dip for chips.

delicious as a side with any fish, chicken or meat

sprinkle over a few more delicious smokey bits

Other recipes that include smoked red bell pepper:

Smoked red bell pepper salad dressing

pork meatballs with mustard, sage and smoked red pepper

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18 Responses to new potato salad with creme fraiche, spring onions & smoked red pepper

  1. polkadotcupcake January 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    this is almost exactly like my favourite potato salad! have shunned thick, mayo-y salads, in favour of new potatoes, sour cream, parsley and spring onion… YUM!! This looks absolutely delicious, can’t wait to try your smoked spices!

  2. nina January 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Double Yummo. I would easily have that entire bowl all to myself!!! Love smokiness idea!!!

  3. Jane-Anne January 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    Oh, Sam, this is just stunning. Gorgeous photograph, truly gorgeous, and the styling is… well… the work of a professional. I demand that you come over to my house and bring this along. A big bowl. This is so my kind of food. xx

  4. Lori January 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Fabulous! What about some at Bookclub?

  5. drizzleanddip January 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Thanks so much Jane-Anne *blush*!

  6. Laeni Gittins January 25, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Sounds super YUMMY! I am definately trying this over the weekend! X

  7. Adele January 27, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I love the sound of that smokey spice. I’m a massive potato salad fan, and I’ve come across quite a few the last few days. Do you think the universe is telling me to make some?

  8. Robyn January 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Hmmm, yummy…. Don’t you just wanna shove your face in it? No? just me? oh. ok. *silently backs out of conversation* …But seriously, looks amazing!

  9. drizzleanddip January 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Yip Adele, its most definitely time for you to make some 🙂

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  15. Gavin April 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

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