Monday, March 5, 2012

Springtime New Potato, Asparagus, Mint and Pea Salad.


New potatoes, freshly dug from the earth are a treat.  Growing up in England we had a vegetable garden where potatoes played a staring role.  We would boil them up for dinner with a large sprig of fresh mint from the garden and add a pat or two of butter to melt over the top.  I've taken it a little bit further with the addition of a lemony mint dressing, asparagus and peas which almost makes it a meal in itself.  It's so cheerful and springlike it makes you smile :)

1 lb small new potatoes
1 bunch asparagus
1 cup peas (frozen or fresh)
Fresh mint

For the dressing.

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Zest of a lemon
Juice of half a lemon
6-8 tablespoons of olive oil
Fresh mint

Boil the potatoes with a large sprig of fresh mint for about 10 minutes or until tender.

While the potatoes are boiling, make the dressing and cook the asparagus and peas.

For the dressing, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper, lemon zest and juice.  Add the olive oil one tablespoon at a time whisking thoroughly after each addition.

To cook the asparagus heat a cup of water in a pan which will fit the asparagus lying flat.  When  the water is just boiling add the asparagus and cook until bright green.  Add the peas and cook for a further minute.  Drain and set aside.

Drain the potatoes.  Pour them back into the hot empty saucepan, pour over the dressing.  Place a tea towel over the top and let them steam for 5 minutes of so.

Pour them into a serving bowl and toss with the asparagus, peas and plenty of fresh mint.

44 comments:

  1. We're thinking along the same lines today...must be a hint of spring in the air. I can't wait for fresh peas...

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  2. Give me a bowl full of this salad and I won't ask for lunch! I love all the elements of this salad. Yummy!

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  3. After reading this I immediately added new potatoes to my shopping list.

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  4. Its very spring here, sunny with clear blue sky and 0 degrees. I need this salad to complement the weather:) Have a nice day

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  5. Oh, that sounds lovely! While I don't think I can grow potatoes here, I've always got some in supply for those moments when I stumble on a delicious spud dish :) Looks great!

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  6. A beautiful,healthy and tasteful spring salad!Love it!
    xxx

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  7. Mary,
    Your salad is gorgeous, and speaks of the Spring coming. Here in Illinois we now have snow, ugh! I won't be here long. I can eat your salad and think of Spring:)

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  8. My potatoes are not in the ground yet and my mint is not sprouting. Not long though and we will join you with this salad :) Diane

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  9. What a delicious and filling salad! Yum!

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  10. I really enjoy potatoes and peas...two of my favorite vegetables. This sounds so good. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for your compliment. I was very pleased to find a quick and easy way to use over-ripe bananas.

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  11. What a lovely dish. I like the sharp taste of Dijon.

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  12. look delicious! really spring food! (lol)

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  13. Great looking salad. Filling and healthy, it's perfect!

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  14. What a beautiful combination of flavors you used for this potato salad! It looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing! I'm glad to have found your blog.

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  15. This looks so very British and so very delicious! And you're giving us hopes that Spring is around the corner, yeh!

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  16. Yum! Good to see homegrown vegetables getting some publicity. I was raised on them, and my own children too. Nothing beats them for freshness and taste!

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  17. What a great side dish! Actually...it's so beautiful, it should be a main dish!

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  18. Looks lovely. You might like this poem about mothers. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2011/12/random-quotation-spot.html

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  19. I love this side dish... great flavors and textures!!!

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  20. Yum! I am not usually a big fan of potatoes, but all this and the dressing with it sounds deicious!

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  21. Asparagus does remind me a lot of Spring time and this salad is beautiful.

    Knowing Spring time is arriving in the Northern hemisphere...means that we are getting my winter soon...so sad.

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  22. What a wonderful combo. Perfect spring meal.

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  23. I love the looks of this dish and it would definitely qualify as a dinner in my book :)

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  24. Love this salad! Great combination of flavors and just in time for Spring!

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  25. This is a great blend. I really should start mixing my veggies more instead of just serving them solitary. Mixing it up does make for a well rounded meal, so your post does inspire. Thanks for sharing this one!

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  26. Love this. So glad it's spring because asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. You've done an excellent job of showcasing what spring will bring.
    Sam

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  27. Oh, yeah...this screams spring! And I love it!!!

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  28. This looks absolutely springy! :)

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  29. This is a wonderful salad. It has all the ingredients I love plus it's easy to put together. Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Thanks for your lovely comment, and for following :) Let me know what you think of the fajitas if you make the seitan. It's actually fun to do, and you can be doing other things while it cooks in the broth. Seitan is a good low-fat and cheap alternative protein food which I have just learnt about; you can expect my blog to feature it more in the future. Check out my seitan a l'orange recipe too.

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  31. Oh yum, this is just screaming spring time. Our weather should improve in March but we got a good dusting of snow this morning. Adding mint is a delicious way to perk up those wonderful flavors.

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  32. Looks lovely, refreshing and healthy. Yum x

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  33. it's tropical all year round here but i will enjoy this salad of yours anytime!

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  34. Won't it be so fun to see all of the spring arrivals? I just planted about 15 pots of herbs for my back patio. Love potatoes and how you flavored yours sounds delicious.

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  35. This post just tells me that spring is on it's way :) it's already feeling like summer in India, though! :) Love the flavors and ingredients you've put together so beautifully, Mary! Great post :)

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  36. I love the use of mint in this salad. It just brings a whole new level of flavor to any dish!

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  37. What an amazing food!!
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    xoxoxo from Spain :D
    http://janakitchen.blogspot.com

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  38. I am SO ready for fresh garden vegetables!! This is a great burst of spring this morning. Those potatoes sound delicious!

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  39. These sound so good and your beautiful photo has made them even more appealing. I love the recipes you share with us.Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  40. I would love a dinner invite;)...your home must smell lovely with food...and well the taste...everything looks to die for...I adore good food!

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  41. Such a gorgeous salad! The dressing sounds absolutely delicious! I bet it would be good on all kinds of things.

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