Make potato salad Turkish style with simple ingredients. It’s a healthy and vegan salad recipe. The dressing doesn’t have any mayonnaise or yogurt and the fresh herbs and seasonings make the difference.
Ingredients For Potato Salad:
6-7 medium-size potato cooked skin on
a handful of fresh parsley
a handful of dill (optional)
4-6 spring onion
juice of a half lemon or more
4-5 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp red pepper flakes,
1 tsp sumac (optional)
salt to taste
How To Make Turkish Style Potato Salad
Boil the potatoes with skin until soft. Make sure not to over cook so it keeps its shape. Drain the water , let it cool to handle and peel. Cut them into big chunks and put them in a large bowl.
Finely chop parsley and dill if using and thinly slice the scallions and add them to the bowl. You can also add pickled cucumbers, fresh lettuce thinly sliced, or grilled red peppers too…
For the seasonings, I added red pepper flakes, sumac, and dried mint. Sumac gives a sour deeper taste and mint gives an extra fresh kick but they are optional.
Finally for the salad dressing simply add olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. You can also add pomegranate molasses as an option. Serve warm or cold. We usually make it in ladies tea parties serving with different kinds of boreks and of course Turkish tea. Make sure to check my other salad recipes as well.
I made 30 minutes meal in this episode. Beginning with a traditional tarhana soup, leek dish with ground beef, and whole wheat spaghetti with tomato paste sauce. As a side dish I take out pickled cabbage that I made before and as a dessert 2 ingredient fig pudding which is a traditional dessert we call “incir uyutması” in Turkish.
3-4 tbsp olive oil
200gr. Ground beef or more
1 onion (optional – I didn’t add this time as someone suggested but I usually do:)
400 – 500gr. Leeks (most of the green part left out after scaled)
1 carrot (optional would suggest adding)
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tbsp pepper paste
2 tbsp rice
Salt, ground black pepper, and hot red pepper flakes to taste
Enough hot water
For the whole wheat spaghetti
500gr. Whole wheat spaghetti
2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
Salt to taste
The recipe for making tarhana from scratch is here: https://youtu.be/SkD09xJplBo. (it is in Turkish I will translate the ingredients first and the video as soon as I can) you can also buy ready ground tarhana from stores in Turkey and if they sell in Turkish shops in other countries. The recipe for 2 ingredient fig pudding is here: https://youtu.be/k6_wvjUwpus
How To Make Ground Meat Leek Dish
First, clean the top and bottom parts of the leeks and peel off one layer. Cut the leeks in 1 cm thickness.
Meantime in a wide big pan heat olive oil and brown the ground beef. You can skip adding the meat and make it vegan too. Also to make it extra tasty you can cut one onion and add it over the ground beef before the leeks.
After the meat is totally browned add tomato and red pepper pastes and continue to saute for about 2 minutes.
Add leeks and washed and drained rice, saute for 3-4 minutes. Season it with red pepper flakes, salt, and black peppers. Pour over about half a cup of hot water and close the lid. Cook with its steam for about 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes add more water until about halfway of the dish and continue to cook on low heat, lid close until veggies are soft. Let the dish rest for 20 minutes at least and enjoy!
Turn the dish into a complete menu in 30 minutes:
I made a complete menu with the meat leek dish in the video in 30 minutes by making:
To make the whole wheat pasta with tomato paste simply boil the pasta in hot salty water according to package and drain keeping 1/2 cup from the pasta water. Cook tomato paste in butter and olive oil for 2 minutes and add the drained pasta and about 1/3 cup from the pasta sauce. Stir until well coated. Turn off the heat, serve warm after 10 minutes rest.