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Vidar Bergum is a food writer and cookbook author based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Who doesn’t love potato salad? It’s one of life’s great pleasures. Potato salad with grapes adds a lightness of touch and a fresh flavour to the classic recipe. Since starting to make it this way, I simply cannot go back to the ways of old.

I’m not quite sure when or how or why. But at some point I started adding grapes to my potato salad. The classic northern European kind, with potatoes in a creamy dressing.

And now, grapes. Go figure.

But you know what? It works. It really, really works.

Perfectly balanced potato salad

The grapes add a sweetness and acidity to counterbalance the creamy dressing. They add contrast to the potatoes too, both in texture and in flavour.

Potato salad in golden edged bowl seen from eye level

Indeed, they make the whole thing an altogether lighter affair.

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How to make potato salad with grapes

I use mostly creme fraiche rather than mayo in this recipe. That’s how I like it.

Using only mayo, which some do, makes it too greasy for my liking. I therefore prefer to use mostly creme fraiche, with a little mayo added in. Feel free to adapt the quantities to your own taste.

Potato salad in golden edged bowl seen up-close

Otherwise, the recipe is fairly classic. Simple and mild, without any strong flavours or spices.

Even the onion part is mild. I use chives. If you don’t have chives to hand, shallots, spring onions or even red onion will work.

Or you can just use another herb. Parsley or dill, or a combination of the two, would both work wonderfully.

The recipe yields a large bowl, serving 6-8 depending on what else is on offer.

Potato salad in golden edged bowl seen from eye level

Potato salad with grapes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 200 g stoneless grapes, halved
  • 100 g crème fraîche
  • 40 g mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 30 g chives, finely chopped, plus extra to garnish
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes in plenty of well salted water until tender. Drain and leave to cool.
  2. Whisk together crème fraîche, mayonnaise and lemon juice in a bowl. Add chives. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. When the potatoes have cooled down, peel them (if desired) and cut into bitesize chunks.
  4. Gently mix the potatoes and grapes into the dressing until well mixed. Taste again and add more salt, pepper or lemon juice if needed. Garnish with some extra chives, if you like.

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