by Brittany Avila
Spring is in the air! And with summer just around the corner, I thought a light, fresh, and healthy recipe would be appropriate. This recipe for ensalada de papas is simply an earlier version of our modern day potato salad, in which globs of mayo is not necessary for culinary success. It’s quick, easy, and of course delicious, so please join me on this salad quest! I found this recipe in the Early California and Mexico Cookbook by Don Ricardo.
Disclaimer: I multiplied the original recipe by 1 ½ times since the product would be my contribution to our monthly staff potluck. Therefore, it should serve about 6 people.
9 medium sized Russet potatoes, boiled
4 ½ hard boiled eggs, sliced
3 slices of ham, chopped
(This is very vague on how big a slice of ham is, so I picked up a slab of ham at the store to use because I like ham. It’s up to your discretion how much you’ll add.)
3 celery branches, diced
1 ½ tbs. chopped green chili (I used a pasilla chili)
6 radishes, sliced
2 ¼ tbs. minced parsley
½ cup cooked lima beans (pre-soaked overnight)
¾ cup olive oil
4 ½ tbs wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbs. paprika
¾ tsp. salt
Begin by scrubbing down your potatoes to remove any excess dirt. Rubbing two potatoes together usually proves to be the easiest and quickest method. Then boil for approximately 20 minutes to soften them, or you can use the old fashioned fork method to test when they are soft enough. Allow these to cool.
Next, begin boiling your lima beans.
While you have your lima beans boiling, you can begin chopping up the rest of your salad ingredients and mix these ingredients together.
Once the potatoes and lima beans are cool you can slice these up and add them to the mix.
Now you may begin preparing your dressing. First mash your garlic into the olive oil. I believe crushing the garlic helps to release more of its flavor. Next add your salt until emulsified, or in simpler terms, the olive and salt are mixed together well.
Lastly add the paprika and wine vinegar; beat well.
Now you are ready to complete your salad! Simply mix the salad ingredients together, and fold the dressing in.
Based on the unanimous reactions of our staff, this recipe is a MUST TRY!
Dunmire, William W. Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America. Austin: University of Texas, 2004. 280.
Garriga, Andrew, and Francis J. Weber. Andrew Garriga’s Compilation of Herbs & Remedies Used by the Indians & Spanish Californians: Together with Some Remedies of His Own Experience. S.l.: S.n., 1978. 20-33.
Hardwick, Michael R. Changes in Landscape: The Beginnings of Horticulture in the California Missions. Orange, CA: Paragon Agency, 2005. 8-64.
Ricardo, Don. Early California and Mexico Cookbook. California: Borden Publishing, 1968. 27.
Brittany Avila is SBTHP’s Office Manager and is enjoying pursuing her dream to be a maestro de la cocina