Warm potato salad with red onion, dill and wholegrain mustard

by Jeanne on February 15, 2009

in Recipes - vegetarian, Salads, Vegetable side dishes, Weekend Herb Blogging


Some things are just better warm.

The weather.




And, umm, salads.

Well, that's what my brother used to tell my mom when she made potato salad. 

I think it started as an accident – one day my mom had left the boiling of the potatoes for the salad rather too late, and after hurriedly chopping and mixing, she brought the salad to the table still warm.  It was love at first bite for my brother, and from that day on potato salad in our house always had to be served warm.  If it had been made well in advance, it had to microwaved so that it could be served warm.  It was just better that way :)

With the chilly weather we've been having here, the idea of a cold potato salad sounds tremendously unappealing, so when I served some peppered smoked mackerel fillets for lunch the other day, my thoughts turned naturally to my brother's beloved warm potato salad.  To add some colour and to cut through the richness of the mackerel, I tossed in some finely diced red onions, a good dollop of wholegrain mustard, and some dried dill.

Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a herb that's been cultivated since Roman times and probably originated in Eastern Europe.  It's a member of the carrot family and is closely related to fennel  Both the seeds and leaves are eaten.  Here are some bits and pieces for the herb trivia buffs:

  • In the northeastern U.S. and adjoining parts of Canada, dill seed is sometimes known as "meeting-seed". This is because the Puritans and Quakers would give their children dill seeds to chew during long church meetings, due to dill's mild hunger-suppressant qualities.

  • In medieval Europe it was believed that dill protected against curses and witchcraft. It was also thought to make one drowsy.

  • One tablespoon of dill seed contains more calcium than a cup of milk. 

I'm submitting this to Cheryl of Gluten-Free Goddess who is hosting this week's edition of Weekend Herb Blogging, the event conceived by my friend Kalyn and now administered by the lovely Haalo. 




2 large waxy potatoes
2 Tbsp finely diced red onion
2 Tbsp good mayonnaise
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1/2 tsp dried dill
salt and pepper


Boil the potatoes, then place them in cold water to cool down.  When cool enough to touch, peel and chop into large cubes.

Add all the other ingredients and mix well.  Check seasonin and add salt and black pepper to taste.  Serve while the potatoes are still warm, with smoked pepper mackerel fillets and a green salad.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Blushing Hostess February 16, 2009 at 12:14 am

I agree with your assessment of things that should be warm – including potato salad! Beautiful photo, as always. Be well, The Hostess


Bellini Valli February 16, 2009 at 12:45 am

Everything is perfect and as I would like to have it in this salad Jeanne:D


deeba February 16, 2009 at 1:09 am

Yes, you are quite right Jeanne. Some things are just great warm! Heart-warming salad!!


Andrew February 16, 2009 at 5:28 am
Gourmet Chick February 16, 2009 at 10:07 am

This sounds delicious Jeanne. I have previously posted on a similar combination of ingredients but for pasta with smoked salmon – includes the same elements of whole grain mustard, red onion and dill – they seem to really complement each other.


Nicisme February 16, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I know what you mean, looks delicious!


grace February 16, 2009 at 5:10 pm

well, what do i love in my potato salad but minimal mayo, lots of mustard, and a dash of dill? very nice. :)


Scott at Realepicurean February 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm

A great looking salad. I already know I’d overdo the mustard (I always seem to!)


courtney February 16, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I did not know that about dill. And your right, potato salad is better warm. The flavors really come through.


Po February 16, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Hhhmm, that sounds like a great winter alternative to potato salad. I love potato salad, but you are right it is too cold at the moment for the usual kind!
P.S. I am hosting an expat blog carnival on my blog this weekend. I don’t know if this is your thing but if you have any interesting or funny stories about life as an expat, you can give me the links in the comments section of my blog tommorrow.


Johanna February 16, 2009 at 11:25 pm

My partner prefers potato salad warm too which is quite good when I make it at the last moment and don’t need to cool it down – and with the weather you are having I am sure it is much nicer warm than cold!


Antonia February 17, 2009 at 9:42 am

I love the way a dressing ‘clings’ better to warm potatoes. I know I would love this – perfect for the cold weather!


Rosemary February 17, 2009 at 9:46 am

I agree with your brother, potato salad is best warm. This will be on my winter salad list.


Sophie February 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm

This looks as a really appetizing salad, made with simple but good ingredients!


Olga February 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Such pretty photos!
Totally agree with you on the greatness of warm potato salad. I usually like to make mine w/mayo and bacon :)


Marie February 17, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Jeanne, Your photo and your potato salad looks so good. I really haven’t had good potato salad since last summer, thanks for giving me the itch! Thanks for all your nice comments today on my blog.
xox, Marie


Kevin February 20, 2009 at 3:28 am

This potato salad sounds good. I have been meaning to try a potato salad.


Elizabeth February 20, 2009 at 7:18 pm

At first when I saw the title of this, I was sad and forlorn. It sounds like the most wonderful salad but fresh dill here is just a little blah at this time of year.
But clever you! You use dried dillweed. I always think that dry and fresh dill are basically two different herbs but I love both of them. (I just forget about dried dill….)
Remind me to buy some waxy potatoes (I’m thinking red skinned would be nice.)


Ashley August 4, 2009 at 4:24 am

I love potato salad and this one has so many of my favorite things in it. YUM!! Can’t wait to try it out!


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