Warm potato salad with the freshness of wild garlic and lemon. A quick salad to prepare and served warm as a great side dish for any meal.
Our warm potato salad is a simple side dish that makes the very best of this freely foraged Spring green. Between the months of March to June, the floors of our woodlands are carpeted with this delicious, if somewhat pungent leafy green. Free to be enjoyed by those, who, like us, love to pick and cook with it. So much so, that over the years I’ve found many uses for it.
There are certain combinations of flavours that I love to eat, with garlic, lemon and parsley being one such combination. These 3 ingredients work so well together in any dish. However, with it’s milder taste, I think wild garlic is a great substitute as it doesn’t overpower the lemon in quite the same way as raw garlic can.
I’ll often chop some wild garlic and throw it into a bowl of pasta alongside these same ingredients, add a splash of the pasta cooking water and a good crack of black pepper for a deliciously fresh and simple dish. With this in mind, I wondered how these flavours would work in a warm potato salad.
What does wild garlic taste like?
As the name would suggest, this green leaf tastes of garlic, but not as strong, somewhere between garlic and a chive. However, it is not as overpowering when eaten raw as a clove of garlic. There is a real freshness of taste to the leaf. I find wild garlic doesn’t overpower the flavours of the other ingredients in your dish.
With anything foraged just make sure that you know what you are picking. Don’t go picking leaves if you are unsure what you are looking for! The giveaway for wild garlic is the smell, it’s quite pungent and a giveaway that you are picking the right leaf!
Where can I find wild garlic?
Wild garlic can be found growing in woodlands around the UK from March to June. You won’t find it growing out in the open, it likes to grow under the shade of trees, often in damp ground, so look beside shaded riverbanks.
The broad leaves are vibrant green, and best picked young when they are most flavoursome, before they start to flower. That’s not to say you can’t eat the leaves once they are in flower, you can! In fact I eat these delicious leaves the entire growing season to make the very best of wild garlic while it is here!
Please take care when picking wild garlic to only remove the leaves, don’t pull too hard or you’ll remove the bulb as well and you don’t want to spoil next years crop.
As with all foraging take only what you need and treat the site with care so you can enjoy it again next year.
What to serve with warm potato salad?
This delicious potato salad is a versatile side dish and can be served with other salad sides. It would also work well with roasted vegetables, or stuffed peppers or aubergine, for anyone wishing to enjoy and entirely vegetarian or vegan meal.
For those of you who eat meat, enjoy it alongside grilled or roasted meat. It would be a tasty addition to a Sunday roast, served alongside chicken or lamb, the sharpness of the lemon would cut through the rich meat.
I’m looking forward to enjoying this dish the next time I barbecue, I think the freshness of the dish will work beautifully with smoky, grilled steak.
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For other recipes using wild garlic try our Wild Garlic Soup or Comte & Wild Garlic Tart. A great way of saving some for later is to make them into a Wild Garlic Butter or Wild Garlic Chimichurri, both of which can be frozen.
Warm Potato Salad with Wild Garlic
- 600 g new potatoes – leave the skin on
- 1 large handful wild garlic – washed and cut into fine shreds
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley – chopped
- 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 1/2 lemon zest and juice
- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Place the potatoes into a large pan of salted water and boil for 10-15 minutes until cooked. The length of cooking time will vary depending on the size of potatoes you use. Once soft remove from the heat and drain into a sieve. Set aside to steam dry.
- Meanwhile, prepare the wild garlic and the parsley,
- Place all the ingredients for the salad dressing into a jam jar, add a little seasoning to taste. Replace the lid on the jar and secure tightly before giving the jar a good shake to mix together all the ingredients. Check the seasoning and add more if necessary.
- Put the potatoes into a large bowl, pour over the salad dressing and add the wild garlic and chopped parsley. Give everything a really good mix to thoroughly combine everything. Serve this warm salad immediately.