Spicy Thai Idaho Potato Salad Recipe

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Spicy Thai Idaho Potato Salad
Spicy Thai Idaho Potato Salad isn’t your grandmother’s potato salad! Roasted Fingerling potatoes, fresh vegetables and a spicy peanut dressing make for a show stealing side dish, or hardy vegetarian entree. The original recipe is courtesy of the Idaho Potato Commission. My alterations are in the notes. For added instruction and entertainment, watch the video.

Ingredients for Spicy Peanut Dressing:
3/4 cup natural style, creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp chili oil
1 tsp sesame oil

Ingredients for the Salad:
1 cup green beans, cut into 1/4-inch long pieces (about 4 ounce of beans)
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips about 1-inch long (1/2 cup)
2 1/2 – 3 lbs. Idaho potatoes (5 large or 8-9 medium)
shredded napa cabbage for serving (optional)
chopped peanuts and cilantro for garnish (optional)

Makes about 8 cups of potato salad and 1-1/4 cups dressing. For the dressing I add an additional 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, 1 teaspoon grated ginger root and 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice. I also use 3 teaspoons of Sriracha in place of the chili oil.

For the salad, I use 3 pounds assorted Idaho Fingerling Potatoes, cut and roasted at 400(F) for 30-40 minutes. I replace the green beans with 1/2 cup boiled and shelled edamame and add 1/4 cup chopped green onion, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and 1/2 cup blistered peanuts. I use 2 cups shredded green cabbage and 1-1/2 cups chopped spinach. I toss the entire salad and dressing together and enjoy warm.

Spicy Thai Idaho Potato Salad

1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the dressing ingredients; set aside.
2. Over high heat, bring a large pot of water (salted with 1 tablespoon coarse salt, if desired) to a boil. Place the beans and carrots in a metal strainer that will fit into the pot of boiling water. Lower the strainer (with the vegetables) into the water and let them cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat. Using a towel to hold the handle, remove the strainer, rinse the vegetables thoroughly with very cold water, then drain well. Leave the pot of water on the stove.
3. Transfer the vegetables to a large mixing bowl. Add the peanut dressing and the red pepper pieces; stir to combine.
4. Add a little more hot water to the pot on the stove and turn the heat to high. While waiting for the water to boil, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/2-inch thick slices lengthwise, then cut them in 1/4-inch thick slices lengthwise from the other side. Finally, cut potatoes crosswise into thirds, making little sticks, Add the potatoes to the boiling water, cover loosely and cook for 8-9 minutes, until a knife can pierce the potatoes easily, but are still firm. Drain potatoes and add them to the bowl with the other ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir to coat all ingredients with the dressing.
5. Serve warm or at room temperature. For a nice presentation, place the potato salad on top of shredded napa cabbage and garnish with chopped peanuts and cilantro, if desired.

Spicy Thai Idaho Potato Salad
More Notes:
For added instruction and entertainment, watch the video. If you can, make the dressing one day in advance, so the flavors can blend together. For extra crunch, try adding some fried won ton strips or rice noodles. Also consider topping with chopped, hard boiled egg. Share and enjoy!

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15 Responses to “Spicy Thai Idaho Potato Salad Recipe”

  1. Stunt Tater
    6/28/2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Wow this really looks good. I bet it tastes great too and would make a nice light dinner meal with some marinated grilled chicken breasts sut into chunks or strips…

  2. Average Betty
    6/28/2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Thank you Stunt Tater! And yes! This dish has got chicken written all over it — the peanut dressing turns grilled chicken into satay. Let me know if you give it a try :)

  3. susan from food blogga
    6/29/2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I just love modern takes on potato salad like this! Coincidentally, Jeff and I just returned from a trip to Idaho, WY, and Montana, and we ate Idaho spuds every day — hash brown, mashed taters, stuffed taters, fries, and even mashed potato pancakes that made me sing. No, really, they did.

  4. Average Betty
    6/29/2011 at 6:15 pm #

    Hi Susan! I have been known to sing at the mere sight of mashed potato pancakes too. How fun!

  5. Kee- Pain
    7/6/2011 at 9:32 am #

    yummy! This looks and sounds awesome ( i bet it taste amazing like all your food! )
    I really want to make it and find out!!
    <3 :)

  6. Average Betty
    7/6/2011 at 4:07 pm #

    Hey Kee-Pain! Thanks for dropping in on me :) I bet you would love this salad… maybe we can make it together soon! xoxo

  7. tracy
    9/22/2011 at 7:11 pm #

    wow, the pictures look sooo great.
    Nutrition, health, delicious, weekends at home, will try.
    I think my family will love it.

  8. Average Betty
    9/25/2011 at 9:00 am #

    Thanks, Tracy! Let me know what you think!

  9. susan
    3/10/2012 at 11:21 pm #

    This salad was off the charts – so good. I am going to make it for my family this week – and include all of their favorite veggies! So great seeing you again (we shared a lunch truck meal at IFBC!).

  10. Average Betty
    3/11/2012 at 9:12 am #

    Susan, So great to see you :) Thank you so much about the salad… everything was so delicious. I thought the potato-pb pinwheels Dorothy made were incredible too!
    Just so you know, the night of the Potato Party, I used my peanut sauce recipe for the dressing: http://www.averagebetty.com/videos/how-to-make-peanut-sauce/ and I also used some “broccoli slaw” for some extra crunch :)
    Hope to see you soon… Thanks for dropping by!!

  11. Vina Holms
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