If you are looking for a great dinner salad, this Warm Potato Salad with Dill & Smoked Salmon is full of flavour and easy to make.
Do you like fish and potatoes? Do you like fish and chips? Well think of this potato salad as an upscale version. Combining a family recipe, and a bit of inspiration from one cool guy, potatoes and smoked salmon are in a league of their own.
I am a potato lover and always will be. There are never too many ways to enjoy them. Mashed to baked, potato pancakes to fries, they are all delicious. When I was a kid, each summer we would have a huge family BBQ. The highlight of the meal (in my opinion) were the Potatoes with Green Onion & Dill.
My mom and aunts had huge gardens. Potatoes, dill, and everything else you can think of grew in them. The ladies would just trade baskets of this for baskets of that. It was like our own little farmer’s market.
Maybe it’s a Ukrainian thing, but the aroma of fresh dill is so enticing. Mom would always grow it in the garden because you cannot make dill pickles without it. I love it in borscht, and that reminds me, I really need to post that recipe.
With all those gardens, you would think that I would grow my own vegetables right? WRONG!! I am a shopper inside and out. I love visiting the farmer’s markets during growing season. When that is not possible, the grocery stores are where you will find me. In my cart, you will often see a bag of Little Potato Company potatoes. These little gems are the perfect size for so many delicious recipes.
ARE YOU A SALMON LOVER?
Salmon is the seafood of choice in our family. Now that grilling season is here, cedar planked salmon will be happening throughout the summer. Homemade salmon burgers are always a hit too. Maybe I should at least grow some dill?
This salad is so easy. Wrap some potatoes in foil and bake. Heck, you can even do this on the grill. When they are done, keep them wrapped until ready to use. In a frying pan heat some olive oil and butter. Add some chopped green onion and LOTS of fresh dill.
The dressing literally takes minutes to make. Open the foil pack, put the potatoes in a bowl and pour the aromatic warm dill sauce over the potatoes. Top with thin slices of smoked salmon and some fresh ground pepper. Dinner is ready.
Do you like smoked salmon? It can be used in so many ways. Great for breakfast on bagels, or as a topping on crackers or crostini. Have you tried Smoked Salmon Cucumber Appetizer with Cream Cheese? These are perfect for entertaining.
HOW MANY COOKBOOKS DO YO HAVE?
I don’t even want to count, but I will say I have LOTS. You can never have too many right? We all need some inspiration now and again. You can often find me sitting on the floor, surrounded by open cookbooks. Just looking at the pictures is so enjoyable.
If you are lucky, once in awhile you get to meet some interesting people. In October 2016, while attending the Food Bloggers of Canada conference, I had the chance to meet Dennis Prescott, or better known as “Dennis The Prescott”.
Unfortunately I was unable to take the photography workshop he taught, but I did get to listen to him speak, and talk to him in person. Dennis is a remarkably talented, down to earth guy. He told so many interesting stories, I could have listened to him for hours. Not to mention looking at his beautiful pictures.
Just recently he published his first cookbook Eat Delicious (affiliate link). Yes of course I bought it, how could I not? If you don’t have a copy, you should. On the cover it says, 125 awesome recipes, and this is TRUE! I didn’t even know where to start. In fact I had a hard time reading the recipes because I could not take my eyes off the mouthwatering pictures.
Finally coming back to reality, I knew I wanted to try something. The inspiration for this salad came from his Lemon-Dill Potato Salad with Smoked Salmon. Taking our traditional family recipe and adding some smoked salmon, my little creation turned out pretty tasty. Now, if I could take pictures half as good as Dennis I would be thrilled. Maybe he can teach at the conference this year?
Warm Potato Salad with Dill & Smoked Salmon is great as an appetizer, or side dish. Our favourite way to enjoy the star of the show, is dinner salad. Perfect with a glass of wine, in the backyard enjoying the sun. Hope you give it a try. Happy Summer!!
Do you have a favourite potato salad?
Warm Potato Salad with Dill & Smoked Salmon
- 2 pounds mini potatoes
- 150 grams smoked salmon
- 1/2 ounce fresh dill (more for garnish)
- 1 ounce green onion
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- salt & pepper (to taste)
Wash potatoes, cut in half and wrap in foil.
Bake in 400º F oven till done, about 40 minutes.
You can also cook the foil packet on the BBQ grill if you wish.
Once done, remove and keep wrapped until ready to use.
Wash and chop for dill and green onion.
Slice your salmon into thin strips.
In a frying pan on med-high heat, heat the olive oil.
Add the green onion and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the dill, butter, salt & pepper. Cook for about a minute.
Open the foil packet, and place the potatoes in a serving bowl.
Pour the warm dill dressing over the potatoes, and toss to coat.
Place potatoes onto serving plates, top with slices of smoked salmon.
Garnish with fresh ground pepper, and additional fresh dill.