Smokey Potato Salad


One of the most important ingredients in the world… and yet so often overlooked or taken for granted . Centuries ago, long boats laden with salt from the mines on the border to Austria would travel up the Danube and past our nearest town… fighting against the strong currents in the narrow gorges of the river, struggling through floodwaters and bad weather. It was a tough business, but a lucrative one. After all, who can imagine life without salt? And hundreds of years ago, in order to preserve food it was mostly salted…

or smoked…

or both!

So smoked salt just seems right. Don’t you think?

(But without meat?)

When I ordered this jar of Danish smoked salt, I had NO idea what I would do with it. I was thinking – Tofu? Soba? Then I saw a picture of potato salad, and I immediately knew it! The creamy mayonnaise, with the garlic, really complements the smokey flavour.

Smokey Potato Salad

  • 500g (1 lb) new potatoes
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red onion, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsps chopped fresh parsley

Cut up the potatoes into bite-sized chunks and boil in unsalted water until tender. Drain and leave to cool. Mix together all the other ingredients except the parsley, then add to the cooled potatoes. Stir well and finally add the chopped parsley. I prefer this at room temperature, but you could try it chilled too.

Delicious with grilled cheese and tomato salad!

(And I’m sure it would taste just as good with normal salt if you can’t get smoked!)

Any other ideas what I could do with my smoked salt?