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?

26 thoughts on “Smokey Potato Salad

  1. oh I make some of the BEST German Potato Salad here in NH lol looking at yours with this smokey Salt look awesome like adding ham or bacon like we do here at times. I will be down another 3 or 5 lbs this week 🙂 tonight I am hungry all I wanted after Beaver Dam Busting all day was a whole cucumber half in a sandwich on Pumpernickel bread and the other half sliced with Low Fat Italian dressing 🙂

    It is still early if I get hungry air popped ff popcorn and water should fill me 🙂

    This is another great one from you can’t wait to surf the web for places in US that may carry different types of SALT here in US lots of people suffer with High Blood Pressure luckly I am not one of them


    • The Bavarian potato salad is quite different – no mayonnaise and lots of sour vinegar! (I don’t like it much). But in the north of Germany they use mayonnaise too sometimes.

      • I love Malt Vinegar on my French Fries 🙂

        I love warm potato salad but next day out of the frig. is soooo good been awhile since I had some I have been eating mostly sweet potato 🙂

        • I like malt vinegar on fries (chips) too! But not in potato salad… Strangely enough the Germans love it in salad but not on fries! 😉 Must be a cultural thing! LOL!

          • 🙂 no wonder I am always MESSED UP ::)

            I was down 3 and got another charm for key chain

            I am so tired from pulling dam apart yesterday
            Came home to a egg scrambled and toast maybe I just need to let it kick in 🙂

            Do you like 3 Bean Salad? I LOVE IT

            At the meeting today someone said to try this :

            some canned Tuna, some canned green beans drained, and FF Cottage Cheese sound gross but I will give it a shot! Lots of Protein for muscles 🙂


              • I know right I usually have my FF Cottage Cheese alone or with Fruit but they swear this combo is to die for lol I shall be brave I big container, 1 can of tuna and a caan of green beans is CHEAP for several meals or snacks HEALTHY is what I want to be 🙂

  2. Very interesting. I live in an area with many saltmines. In former times the “white gold” brought wealth. Smoked salt was nwe to me. We do potato slices over night in a liquid of vinegar, sugar, onions. The next day, let them dry and finish with self made or bought mayonnaise.

  3. I haven’t come across smoked salt before – how strong is the smoked flavour? I will look for some smoked salt, in the meantime I’m planning to try your potato salad with ‘normal’ salt, it looks delicious!

    • It is not too strong, as you can’t add too much to anything without it getting too salty. There are a few on the UK amazon site, including the German brand I have: “Zauber der Gewürze”. Enjoy the salad! 😀

  4. I’ve heard about smoked salt before but never tried it. I’m imagining it tasted great with the potato salad, but like you would love to hear other ideas (veggie ones) too !! A lovely post cathy with the touch of hstory and centred on your area too.

  5. Very interesting! I´ve never heard about smoked salt and probably loads of other spices. I think the salt could be good in sauerkraut. I always use a stockcube but for you as a vegetarian this could be an alternative. Could also be good for cooked vegetables or scrambled eggs?
    And again the Germans can´t live without English. “Danish smoked salz??” …..

  6. My hubby and I love potato salad and I make it several different ways…I have to try out this version! I was just at the organic grocery today and they had a whole bunch of different types of salt. I don’t recall if they had smoked, but I’m sure I can track some down somewhere. This looks delicious!

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