Hot Potato Salad (with chive, curry dressing)

May 26, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: This recipe is derived from two main truths: the first being that I love nothing more than a crispy spud and the second being that I love my mother-in-law's delicious curried chicken salad. Put those two facts together and you have a dish that has spice, crunch, and a few other unexpected surprises (like quinoa, fennel, and apple). I'm still eating leftovers, three days later. - Sodium GirlSodium Girl

Food52 Review: There is never a dish that starts with potatoes and leeks that ends badly, so I was dying to try this recipe. The vegetables smell so good while you're roasting them that the dressing seems unnecessary, but it's so worth it -- I ended up doubling it because I had more potatoes than called for. The final product with the crunchy apples, the nutty quinoa, and the soft veggies is fantastic -- and Sodium Girl is right, it's still good a day (or two) later! - emmanation
The Editors

Serves: 8


  • 6 red russet potatoes
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 medium sized bulb of fennel, stem removed
  • 1 fuji apple
  • 1 leek, white part only
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon champagne vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
In This Recipe


  1. Begin boiling a large pot over water over medium-high heat and set oven to 420 degrees.
  2. Wash the potatoes and place them in the pot of water (once it has a rolling boil) for ten minutes (or until softened, not mushy). Remove the potatoes and rinse under cool water. Let them sit while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Cut garlic into thin slices along the width of the clove. Cut the white part of the leek (save the greens for another dish) into thin slices as well. Dice apple and fennel into equal sized cubes.
  4. Once the potatoes have cooled to the touch, dice them into larger cubes (about a 1/2 inch long).
  5. In a high-sided oven pan, mix the fennel, garlic, and potatoes with a little bit of olive oil. Spread on the pan so that the potatoes all have contact with the metal sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. But check every ten minutes to stir the ingredients so that none of them stick to the sheet or burn.
  6. While the potatoes are baking, place quinoa and 1 cup of water in a small pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Cook quinoa until all the water has been absorbed.
  7. While quinoa is cooking, mix your dressing: olive oil, mustard, white pepper, curry, and champagne vinegar.
  8. When the potatoes are nice and crisp, mix with apples, dressing, quinoa, and freshly cut chives. Serve immediately while it is warm!

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