Seamans Salad

I discovered this Seamans salad at least a decade ago and its so long I've forgotten where the recipe came from. I've made it many times and its one of my favorite salads. 

Its so simple and the result is so tasty. In addition to this it is also very satisfying. The balance of nutrients does not leave me hungry or craving sugar and fat. It contains starch, sugar, vitamins in the herbs, fruit, oil and fish skin, protein and omega 3, probiotics in the hand made vinegar as well as plant oils, which also help still hunger. The oil and protein release energy slowly and lessen the impact of the starch in the potatoes and the strong sugar in the apple. It has to be be a little dominated by potato rather than fruit or it tastes to much like a fruit salad. I was intrigued when I first encountered the recipe because it combines potato and fruit. I found that they marry very well actually.

I remember the name Alter Hamburger Seeman's Salat, or old fashioned Hamburger Sailor's salad. Its probably just a bit of romanticizing, It may help add some flavor by watching Kapitän Jürgen Schmandt talking about the sailor's need to have tattoos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIWwqMydMdE. Potatoes, cucumbers, apples and dill certainly have been in Europe for a very long time, and the recipe may be very old. Traditional German food is more creative with potatoes than the English for some reason.


Preparation time: 15 minutes 
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Cooking time: 0 minutes
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Resting time: 30 minutes
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Total time needed: at least 45 minutes
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Grade of Difficulty: standard

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Serves 4




Ingredients
for
Seamans Salad

For the Salad

  • 7 medium potatoes boiled and chopped into blocks
  • 2 tart apples chopped
  • 1 large cucumber chopped
  • 6 pieces of herring chopped
  • a small bunch of dill, chopped


For the Vinaigrette

  • ½ onion grated
  • 2 T home made vinegar
  • 3 T olive oil
  • ½ salt
  • a few turns of pepper grinder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Alternative ingredients

  • garlic instead of onion in the vinaigrette
  • honey instead of sugar
  • a cup of deboned snoek can replace the herring. If it is smoked the whole will be a lot more savoury.



Directions
for
Seamans Salad

  • Boil the potatoes
  • Mix the vinaigrette
  • Chop up all the salad ingredients and mix together
  • Drizzle vinaigrette over the salad and mix all ingredients a little
  • Let the salad rest for 30 minutes







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