In her biweekly column, A Shared Tradition, CIA grad and amateur food historian Molly Siegler cruises around the world (and into the depths of her pantry) to explore the versatility of a single food item.
This week: Molly offers up four potato salads to support the current fleet of carb-loading Olympians.
With the world abuzz with Olympic fervor and the sports nut in me on high alert, I’m finding myself a little preoccupied with the food it takes to fuel these athletic performances. Might I suggest a classic known the world over for the carb-loading athletes among us? Potato salads are traditionally packed with fresh herbs and veggies, shots of protein, and sometimes bits of fruit. As long as dressings are applied with restraint, I believe I’ve hit upon a new addition to the Olympic training routine.
The birthplace of the potato ought to have a lovely version of the summer staple.
More of a light meal than a side dish, huzarensalade covers all the food groups. If you’re feeling spunky, toss in a cubed, roasted beet and let the salad have a magenta moment.
The name "salata orientala" refers to ingredients that were once exotic in Romania.
These are just a few of the ways I like to travel by way of potato salad. What other regionally inspired flavors would you use to make this starchy side your own? Share your ideas in the comments section below.
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All photos by Sarah Shatz.
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Molly is a chef and food educator living and cooking in northern Wisconsin. When she's not dreaming up themed menus, she's dishing out other delicious content as the editorial assistant for the Whole Foods Market Cooking program.