Patates Salatası (Turkish Potato Salad) Recipe

Patates Salatası
Turkish Potato Salad
Submitted By: Taz

Ingredients:

2 lbs Baby -OR- Yukon Gold Potatoes - quartered OR cut into 1 inch cubes (peeled or not)
1 Medium Red Onion - quartered and sliced thin
½ Bunch (apx 1 Cup) Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley - small chopped
¾ oz (amount to taste) Fresh Dill - chopped
¼ - ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp - 1 Tbs Sumac - amount to taste
Juice of 1 Lemon
Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
-OPTIONAL-
6-12 Grape Tomatoes - halved
1 Red Bell Pepper - small chopped
1-2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes - amount to taste
2 Tbs Fresh Mint - chopped fine
1-2 cloves Fresh Garlic - grated into a paste
SUBSTITUTE FOR ONION: 1 Bunch Green Onions - small chopped
SUBSTITUTE FOR PARSLEY: ½ Bunch (apx 1 Cup) Fresh Basil - small chopped
-FOR 'CREAMY' TURKISH POTATO SALAD-
Whisk together ¾ cup plain yogurt (as substitute for the olive oil) along with the lemon juice and 2 cloves of fresh garlic grated into a paste (optional for regular salad, NOT optional here) until smooth - Add as step 6

Preparation:
  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover potatoes by 1 inch - Season the water generously with salt
  2. Place over high heat and bring to a boil - Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and allow to simmer until potatoes are just tender (apx 10-15 minutes)
  3. Drain potatoes and transfer to a large bowl
  4. Add onion, parsley, and dill to the potatoes (IF USING: add the tomatoes, bell pepper, mint, and garlic as well) and fold until thoroughly combined (you want to 'fold' everything together as not to break up the potatoes)
  5. Sprinkle the sumac, black pepper (apx ¼ tsp), and crushed red pepper flakes (if using) over the top of the mixture
  6. Squeeze the lemon over the top and drizzle the olive oil over the entire mixture (amount of olive oil depends on how much the potatoes soak up - you want everything well coated but NOT 'running' with oil)
  7. Fold again until everything is well coated - Allow to sit for 30 minutes for flavors to meld (you may have to fold one more time right before serving) - Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed
  8. Serve at room temperature -OR- chilled along with quartered hard boiled eggs on the side

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