This vegan salad has Jersey royal potatoes covered in a quick herb tahini dressing with avocado and radishes. It’s fresh and fragrant.
This summery salad brings together delicious Jersey royal potatoes, chunks of creamy avocado and peppery radishes, that are then covered in a fragrant herb tahini dressing.
Whether it’s raining outside and you’re yearning for the summer sun to return, or you’re making a special salad for a barbecue or picnic, this salad makes the most of the season’s best offerings: Jersey royal potatoes, herbs and radishes.
Creamy, nutty Jersey Royal potatoes, with their delicate papery skins, herald the peak of the season as spring makes way for summer.
As the days grow longer, suddenly spring brings my favourite seasonal produce. We all have signifiers that alert us to the rapid approach of longer evenings, eating al fresco and warmer days. Maybe it’s buds on trees or delicate birds seeking worms in the garden. But for me it’s the seasonal food: radishes, asparagus and my beloved Jersey Royals.
Tesco asked me to create a recipe using their Jersey Royals, so I wanted to make something that lets the beautiful texture and sweet flavour of the seasonal potatoes shine through. A potato salad is always a winner and is the perfect make-ahead side dish for picnics. It’s easy to transport and the flavour only gets better after a day in the fridge.
Tahini is having a bit of a trendy moment right now, so I’ve used it as a base for the dressing then packed it with handfuls of fresh herbs that are bursting into season right now and a zing of lemon juice.
What makes Jersey Royals special?
For over 130 years, Jersey Royals have been grown on the island of Jersey, where the soil is light and well drained. At the moment there are 20 island farmers who grow the crop and many of them still use the ancient technique of harvesting seaweed from local beaches to use as a natural fertilizer (this is known locally as Vraic). They’re planted and dug by hand on steep hills, so a lot of love and care goes into these little spuds.
Like stilton, champagne and the Cornish pasty, Jersey Royals hold the EU’s Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) recognition. So look out for the mark to be sure that your potatoes really are Royals. All of Tesco’s Jersey Royals have the PDO mark.
Jersey Royals are harvested from the end of March through to July. We’re at the peak of the season right now in May and an impressive 1,500 tonnes of the potatoes are exported from Jersey daily. We obviously have insatiable appetites for these flavourful tubers!
Keep an eye out for ideas using Jersey Royals with the hashtag #JewelsofJersey
- 500g Jersey Royal potatoes
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon roughly chopped basil
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
- 1 spring onion, roughly chopped
- ½ clove garlic
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- pinch sea salt
- pinch freshly ground black pepper
- Parsley and basil
- 5 radishes, thinly sliced
- Wash the Jersey Royal potatoes and slice any large ones in half. Gently boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain, run under cold water and leave to cool.
- To make the dressing, add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth.
- Pour the dressing over the cooled potatoes and toss to coat. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Just before serving, cut the avocado flesh into chunks and pile onto the dressed salad then sprinkle with the sliced radishes, parsley and basil.
- Serves 4 as a side dish.
We can’t count on the British weather to allow us to dine al fresco as much as we’d like, but just because the sun might be hiding at the moment, it doesn’t mean that we can’t eat our favourite picnic and barbecue foods. I love having indoor picnics with the kids almost as much as I love having them outside, but one thing’s for certain: as soon as the sun peaks out again, we’ll be back to having dinner in the garden. This salad is perfect indoors or out as the flavours are busting with springtime.
Looking for more inspiration for recipe using Jersey Royals? Watch the hashtag #JewelsofJersey or try these!
Thinly Spread’s Spring Vegetable Pizza with Asparagus and Jersey Royals
Foodie Quine’s Shakshuka
The Veg Space’s Spanish Tortilla with Jersey Royals and Spring Greens
Disclosure: This post was commissioned by Tesco. All opinions are my own.