The Potato Salads I’ve had in the US are just plain potatoes with mayo, mustard, onions and dill pickles….pretty boring I thought. Filipinos do potato salad a bit differently.
I only realized this when I brought a huge bowl to an outdoor, going-away barbecue for my husband’s former officemate. Everyone looked at my salad and said, “Oh this is different, I have to try this.” Sitting close to my salad was another bowl of the plain potato salad. Right there and then, my eyes were opened to the Filipino flair for drama and color…even in our potato salad.
Filipino Potato Salad
4 medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes
1 c. diced carrots
1/2 c. green beans, cut half-inch pieces (you can also use peas)
1 small white onion, finely chopped (shallots are nice here too)
1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
1/4 c. chopped dill pickles (sweet pickles if you want, I prefer dill)
2-3 tbsps. brown mustard
1 c. Hellman’s mayonnaise
about 1/2 tsp. table salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
Place potatoes and eggs in a medium-sized saucepan and cover with cold, salted water, an inch or two above the potatoes. Bring to a rolling boil and simmer. After 10 minutes, take out the eggs and cool. Peel and chop the eggs when they’re cool.
Add the carrots and cook about 5 minutes. Take out the carrots and allow to cool. Add the green beans into the pot of boiling potaoes and cook until crisp tender, about 2-3 minutes. The potatoes should be cooked by this time too. If not, leave to continue cooking until a knife easily goes through them.
Take off the heat and allow to cool. Peel the potatoes when they are cool enough to handle and dice to the desired size. Mix in with other vegetables.
In a big bowl, mix the mayo, mustard, celery, onions, pickles, eggs, salt and pepper. Then add the cooked vegetables and mix well. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours before serving.
TIP: The photo I took was freshly mixed and looks like it had more mayo than was needed. Potatoes will absorb the mayo and salt pretty well.? In most instances, you will have to add more salt, so be liberal the first time you season.