Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tahini!


When I was little, I loved my Grandma's potato salad. Now, when I eat it I think that it is a little bit bland (shhh), but i still love potatoes. I recently encountered this much lighter, fresher and healthier potato salad that uses no mayonnaise or mustard and instead uses tahini plus lots of vegetables.

It is delicious! I recommend that everyone make it immediately.

It is also very simple and I'm sure could be modified with whatever you have on hand. It allowed us to use up the rest of our weekly produce.

Potato salad with watercress, radish and cucumber
adapted from La tartine gourmande

1 lb. yukon gold potatoes
sea salt and pepper
5 pink radishes, sliced very thin
1 cup cucumber, sliced very thin
8 asparagus tips, chopped roughly
1 T. rice wine vinegar
1/2 T. sugar
handful of watercress leaves

Dressing:
3 T. olive oil
1 T. tahini
1/2 t. Dijon mustard
juice of one lemon
salt and pepper

-boil potatoes. when cool, peel and slice in thick slices.
-put cucumbers into a colander with a pinch of salt. Let them sit for about 30 minutes to release excess water. Put them in a large bowl with the radishes. 
-Mix the rice vinegar and sugar in a small bowl and stir with the radishes and cucumbers.
-In a frying pan, heat 1 T. olive oil. Add the asparagus and sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes.
-In a small bowl, add a pinch of salt and pepper, then whisk together lemon juice and mustard. Add the 3 T. olive oil and the tahini and whisk well. 
-Toss the potatoes into the large bowl of cucumbers and radishes, add the asparagus and coat with the dressing. Add the watercress and serve.


In other news, the weather has been really nice here lately and this weekend we took Joe to a nearby park where he could run around without his leash. We were walking around near a lake and all of a sudden Joe, who was walking in front of us, just kept walking right into the lake. It was like he didn't know there was a difference between land and water, but once he was in the water he was perfectly happy until we started yelling at him to get out, which he did and shook his wet fur all over. Good to know he can swim if necessary.

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