warm new potato salad with mint, lemon and creme fraiche

new potato salad with mint, lemon and creme fraiche

I stumbled accross these limited edition Pink Fir new potatoes in Woolies last week and was suddenly intrigued.  As a person longing to live in a country with multiple potato cultivars, anything new tends to excite me.  These are a little irregular in shape thus very appealing to me, and the descriptor on the pack said ‘a traditional potato variety with pink skin, creamy yellow and firm waxy flesh with a delicious nutty flavour’.


limited edition pink fir potatoes

As I tend to develop recipes based on what ingredients I have on hand, I wanted to try a minty, lemony creme fraiche dressing because I had all of these things in my fridge.  I ate this warm with a grilled piece of salmon flaked over the top and it was ridiculously delicious to me.

I love my potato salad with spring onions and creme fraiche, to which I sometimes add smoked red bell pepper, but this recipe with the freshness of the mint and the lemon is definitely going to become part of a regular repetoir.

Its nice either either warm or cold and its the perfect accompaniment for freshly grilled fish or slow roasted lamb.


  • 700gms new potatoes
  • 250gm tub of creme fresh
  • 1/4 cup or 4 Tbs of good quality mayonnaise (I love the taste of Miracle Whip Lite)
  • zest from 1 lemon – about 1 Tbs
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2 Tbs of finely chopped fresh mint
  • salt and a generous grinding of black pepper

Boil the potatoes until just done and drain. Mix all the other ingredients together and toss through the potatoes. Serve this either warm (allow the potatoes to cool slightly after boiling) or cold.

zesty, minty and little lighter potato salad



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9 Responses to warm new potato salad with mint, lemon and creme fraiche

  1. Christine November 28, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    Hey Sam, your Warm Salad is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? http://knapkins.com/guess_games/818?source=blog

  2. Kimberley Barber November 28, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Lovely! Looks Devine! 🙂

  3. Jo December 1, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    This looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at foodepix.com.

  4. michelle in wellington, nz December 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Perfect timing – each year when I visit my Folks’ for Xmas I take over their kitchen for the duration. This will be excellent to feed to my 1/2 Irish potato loving Mum. A little creme fraiche goes a long way when feeding only 3. The new spuds will be from Dad’s garden and the mint plant is out there, growing in a very large clay pot.

    Dad and I will enjoy the recipe too!

  5. michelle in wellington, nz December 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    P.S. – we are having lamb on Xmas day – this will be a great match!

  6. Sam December 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Awesome Michelle. The mint and the lemon will go wonderfully with lamb. Have a happy xmas!

  7. Silybilly July 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    You talk like the salmon you cook.


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