It is the season for lots of things in my garden. Early Nicola potatoes, late broad beans, and asparagus at its peak.
Most potato salads are traditionally dressed with mayonnaise, but I like to make mine with a vinaigrette.
I made this riff on my basic potato salad with some extra ingredients. Steamed asparagus, double peeled broad beans, and dill in the mustardy vinaigrette.
I also threw in some quartered cherry tomatoes for colour and some roasted almonds for crunch. This fancied up salad varies according to the season.
This is one of the springtime versions, and a meal in itself.
springtime potato salad
recipe type: salad
- 1 kg waxy potatoes washed and cut into 5 cm chunks
- 2 tbs chopped dry roasted almonds
- 6 spears steamed asparagus cut into 1 cm pieces
- ½ cup double podded broad beans
- 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 2 tsp smooth dijon mustard
- 3 tbs red wine vinegar
- 6 tbs olive oil
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 tbs of finely chopped dill
- 2 tbs of finely chopped parsley
- Steam the potatoes until they are tender when pierced with a sharp knife point.
DO NOT overcook or undercook. If you are unsure, taste a piece.
- When the potatoes are cool enough to handle but still warm, peel the skin off and cut into slices into a large serving bowl.
- Add the almonds, asparagus, broad beans, and cherry tomatoes.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a jar, put on the lid and shake vigorously to emulsify.
- Add as much of the dressing as you need to coat the potatoes and fold in gently so as not to break the potatoes. You will probably need about ¾ of the dressing.
- Chill the salad and serve.
You can save the remainder of the dressing to use to refresh any leftover salad before serving.
The Glass Den is another find in the increasingly hip Coburg. It is a light, airy and bustling cafe that is set in the gatehouse of the old Pentridge prison. It is open for breakfast and lunch. They also did their first Friday night drinks and tapas session recently. I had been planning to go, but a number of events conspired against that. That’s OK as it will be a regular feature.
I was also keen to go after two favourable reviews by Where’s the Beef and Veganopoulous. Both of these reviews focussed on breakfast, so I decided to go for lunch for a bit of variety.
This is a very vegan friendly cafe. There are lots of vegan or vegan option dishes that are clearly labeled, I counted at least sixteen, so I was spoilt for choice. Coeliacs are well catered for with lots of gluten free choices as well.
I opted for the Portobello burger, a large roasted mushroom on excellent multigrain bread, with rocket, caramelised onions, capsicum relish and coconut bacon. Large, juicy, messy, and delicious. I also had a side order of chips.
Many of the other plates I saw coming by looked good too.
I’m keen to go back, both to try other lunch options and also for breakfast.
The Glass Den
15 Urquart St,
(03) 9354 5032
I’ve been to Half Moon Cafe a few times but never blogged about it. Perhaps everyone in Melbourne has already been there, but if not, you should go. They have been voted the best falafel in Melbourne. I agree.
They serve Egyptian style falafel, made with broad beans rather than the usual general middle eastern kind made with chickpeas. I love their beautiful green interior.
There are several options up on the board for sandwiches or you can pick your own. I went for the Colibaba and subbed out the yoghurt for a tahini dressing.
The Colibaba is made up of falafel cooked to order, lettuce, rocket, babaganouj, beautifully fried eggplant slices, fried cauliflower, chilli and tahini sauces wrapped up in flat bread. It is a sensational combination of textures and flavours and I loved it. I don’t think snack food gets any better, and it is a bargain at $8.
There are plenty of other vegan or veganisable options available. The shop is tiny, with only a few tables inside, and it is low on ambience, but outside in the mall there are many tables available. It was packed at lunchtime on a public holiday.
The worst thing I can say about Half Moon is that they are only open daily until 5!
Half Moon Cafe
13 Victoria St (in the Coburg Mall)
(03) 9350 2949