Herby Picnic Potato Salad

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A couple of weeks ago we had a little picnic for our baby boy with family and a few close friends. It was kind of a combined (very delayed) Welcome-to-the-World-Isac and Happy-First-Birthday celebration and it turned out to be a real gem of a day. It has basically been raining in Sweden all summer, but this day was filled with sunshine, good food, laughter and lots of chubby babies. Despite having written two cookbooks, we actually rarely cook for our friends. Instead we prefer going the picnic route, having everyone bringing something to share. It just makes it a lot easier to plan these kind of things instead of having to do everything yourself. It also makes for a more fun and spontaneous event.

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We did actually end up cooking quite a lot anyway for this picnic. We made a few picnic pies, two monster versions of our Blueberry Cake (not shattered this time) and an adapted version of the potato salad from Sara Forte’s latest book Bowl+Spoon.

We got to read her book manuscript before it was published as we were asked to write a little quote for the back. Here is what we wrote: “We love that Sara’s recipes are always focused on ‘real’ ingredients, simple to prepare, and undoubtedly delicious. The bowl theme is brilliant and exactly how we prefer to eat our everyday meals.”

Apart from a few other favourites in the book, we have been making different versions of Sara’s potato salad at least five times this summer. It’s incredibly flavourful with lots of fresh herbs and capers, and also has a tangy zing from white wine vinegar. The original recipe calls for hard-boiled eggs and it’s an excellent combo, but we have also been playing with other (vegan) sources of protein. One time we tried beluga lentils and here we are using chickpeas. We added kale and apple to make it less of a side dish and more of a complete meal. As the name implies, this is great to pack on a picnic but it is also a good indoor meal. And when your kids are tired of having potato salad for the fifth time, you can fry the leftovers in a pan into a quick and flavourful hash.

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Herby Picnic Potato Salad with Kale, Apple & Chickpeas
Serves 6
Recipe adapted from Bowl+Spoon by Sara & Hugh Forte. We usually make an extra large (almost double) batch of the vinaigrette because it’s so good. If your white wine vinegar is very sweet, you can add some lemon juice for extra zing.

2 pounds/1 kg small new potatoes

Coarse Herb Vinaigrette
3 tbsp pickled capers
2 spring onions or green onions
2 cups loosely packed herbs (a mix of chives, parsley, basil and top greens from the celery)
2 tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup cold pressed oil
sea salt and black pepper, to taste

2 apples, diced
3 celery stalks (save the top greens for the vinaigrette), finely diced
2 leaves kale, chard or spinach, chopped
1 can (14 oz/400 g) cooked chickpeas, rinsed

Put the potatoes in a large pot, cover them with water and bring the water to a boil. Boil for 12-15 minutes until they are cooked through but not falling apart – just until you can easily pierce a sharp knife through the center. Drain and set aside to cool.

In a food processor, blitz capers and their brine, onions, basil, parsley, chives, celery greens, vinegar, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper until you get a coarse vinaigrette. Quarter the potatoes and collect them in a larger mixing bowl. Pour the vinaigrette over the just-cooled potatoes and gently toss to coat. It will look like a lot of dressing, but the potatoes soak it up as they sit. Stir celery, apples, kale and chickpeas into the potatoes. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.

49 Comments

  • Beautiful photos and the perfect picnic dish! Sara must have inspired Bon Appetit's last issue b/c I've been making a very similar one from the magazine all summer! So yum!
  • Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! Looks like it was a wonderful gathering. So much deliciousness in one picnic! Amazing. This potato salad sounds beyond delicious! I really need to get my hands on this beautiful cookbook!
  • This looks amazing! I love picnics and it seems to be the only thing we can do lately with the little babe ;) I love that the dressing has capers, and that the potato salad has more substance with the kale and chickpeas. I'm not one for the apples in it but it still sounds divine!
  • I love the name of this recipe!
  • Lovely recipe! We have a lot of potatoes here, so this is going to be such a good way to prepare them! And I too love your dress Luise! You look stunning! Hope to see you both soon in Amsterdam! x
  • This all looks so delicious! I can't wait to make this for an upcoming get together. Thanks for sharing!
  • Fabulous! So inspiring to see yummy, nourishing, satisfying AND healthy recipes for entertaining. I think I'll make this recipe for my sons' 2nd birthday this month! Thank you!
  • Brittany Smith
    I love a good potato salad recipe that is still fresh! I'm with Lizzie and Marie, where is Luise's dress from?
    • Hi Marie, Lizzie and Brittany. Thank you for your comments about the dress. It's one of my favourite dresses! It is from Danish brand Designers Remix, but I've had it for a couple of years so I suspect that it might be hard to find. /Luise
  • Such a beautiful picnic and the potato salad sounds wonderful. I love the addition of apple in it! In Scotland we haven't had good weather this summer either! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe. H x
  • Oh wow, this is a gorgeously loaded potato salad. Love the capers and the herbs and especially like that you've made it a full meal with the chickpeas (or lentils) and kale.
  • What an amazing potato salad recipe. So much more exciting than my usual version. I'm definitely going to try it. Thank you. And gorgeous pictures.
  • Lizzie
    This looks delicious! Any chance you could share where that gorgeous purple dress is from? I love it.
  • marie
    Looks delicious! Silly question- where is Luise's dress from? It seems great for nursing.
  • What a gorgeous picnic. I'm loving all the fresh herbs in this potato salad, I need to check that book out immediately!
  • The textures must be amazing with the apple and kale included! Such a stunning color too! And any salad with capers is delicious in my opinion :) x
  • What a gorgeous spread for a picnic! Everything looks so tasty! This potato salad looks so fresh and delicious. I can't wait to try this out (especially the vinaigrette with capers: yum!) xx Sydney
  • Picnics are the best, aren't they? I love seeing what everyone brought, and there always seems to be an idea worth stealing. That spread looks glorious. I never would have thought of adding capers to a vinaigrette, and I am now beyond intrigued.
  • These photos and what they evoke is so beautiful. I love when experiences are captured in photos. From your photos I experience family, togetherness, community, love, and plenty. What a wonderful celebration for Isac.
  • The potato salad sounds delicious - I wouldn't have thought of adding apple to it but sounds so good so I'm going to have to give it a try! And can't believe your little boy is one - it seems like only yesterday you welcomed him into the world! Wendy @ Moral Fibres Where sustainable living is hip, not hippie
  • oh it looks so yum! i love the recipe it's simple enough. Thank you

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