Monday, 29 April 2013

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps - vegan.

Potato salad you can eat with your hands.....cleanly!!

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps - vegan.

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps - vegan.

....or not! It's up to you :-)

Creamy Curried Potato Salad - vegan.

This is such a good potato salad. I was after a creamy curry type potato salad and liked the looks of this one on BBC Good Food as it was so easy and sounded taste wise like my kind of thing. It is delicious! Creamy with only a mild taste of curry - nothing overpowering here, and crunchy celery together make a perfect potato salad.

I first had it in a bowl lined with a large leaf of romaine, mostly as I was too lazy at the time to make another leaf salad to go on the side! They went well together but it was a little hard to eat as you had to cut the leaf as you ate it. 

Creamy Curried Potato Salad - vegan.
A perfect lunch with a tall refreshing glass of Peach Moon!

The answer was obvious - roll the salad up into the leaf! I'm sure I'm not the first to do this but it really only now dawned on me that this could be done (!)

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps - vegan.

Recipe makes a large bowl of potato salad, would serve 4 as a main dish. Depending on the size of your leaves it could make about 8 lettuce rolls. I found 2 lettuce rolls made a satisfying lunch.

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps - vegan.

• around 625g new potatoes, halved if large
• 5 spring onions
• ½ Tbsp peanut oil
• ½ tsp brown mustard seeds
• ½ Tbsp madras curry paste
• 100g plain soy yogurt
• 2 Tbsp vegan mayo
• 1 large stick of celery, sliced thin
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 5 grinds of black pepper
• ¼ tsp black onion seeds
 a few large leaves of romaine lettuce - for the wraps.

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and add the potatoes. Boil for 15 - 20 minutes or until just tender. Drain, run cold water over them then plunge them into a large bowl filled with ice. Leave for about 10 minutes or until cool, they don't have to be cold now, just cooler than they were.

While the potatoes are cooking, slice the white part of the spring onion saving the green part. Heat the peanut oil in a small frying pan and add the white spring onions, mustard seeds and curry paste. Fry gently for about 3 minutes until the onions are softer and the curry is fragrant. 

Scrape all of this into a bowl then whisk in the mayo until smooth, then whisk in the yogurt until smooth. Transfer to a rubber spatula and fold in the celery and the sliced green parts of the spring onions.

Drain the potatoes then peel them and dice them. (Note - I usually always peel but if I have a particularly stubborn peel on the potato that doesn't want to easily slide off then I'll just leave it on.) Add all the potato to the bowl and fold gently with the spatula until well coated in dressing. Fold in the onion seeds then cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or until chilled.

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps - vegan.

To make the wraps, take a large leaf of romaine and slice the pointed end off so you have a more rounded leaf. If the spine is too thick to roll then pare it down with a knife. Spoon some of the potato salad onto the centre, fold the left and right ends over then roll it up away from you.

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps - vegan.

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps - vegan.

Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps - vegan.

 As you can eat these with your hands - they are not messy either, they would make a great item to take on a picnic or a packed lunch. Simply wrap up the rolls into cling film and pack with some fresh fruit or whatever you like! Those 2 there were wrapped in cling film overnight in the fridge and the lettuce was still nice and crisp the next day - nothing went soggy. 

Packed Lunch with Creamy Curried Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps

Nutritional Information: this is for the whole recipe, divide as you need. For a main dish serving, assuming you get 4 servings out of it then it would be 200 calories. If you get 8 lettuce wraps from it then they would be about 105 calories each, but that will depend on the size of your leaves and how much you can stuff them :-)

Calories: 800
Protein: 18.5g
Fat: 30.5g
Sat Fat: 4.0g
Carbs: 116.8g
Sugar: 8.0g
Fibre: 15.3g
Sodium: 1654mg

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  1. Why have I never thought of curried potato salad before? Genius.

  2. Yum! thanks for posting about how to roll the lettuce. I know it's easy to do but for some reason mine never looked quite right, and it's because I never cut off the end. This sounds like an awesome lunch :)

  3. Thanks for the comments! Maggie, also remember to pare down the stem if it's too thick to roll, makes a huge difference :-)

  4. I really like the idea of adding yoghurt to a potato salad. It sounds so refreshing!

  5. How many calories are in these? Would you know?

    1. Oh, I didn't realise I hadn't put the nutritional information up for these! I'll update it shortly - thanks for the heads up!! :-)


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