Pantry Potato Salad with Tomatillo Sauce

A couple of months ago, not long after this blog began, I posted a series on tomatillos. See November. I wish I knew how to link to those stories like other blogs that say “here” and “here,” sending visitors back in time to their own musings or into somebody else’s world. No, here you’ll have to figure it out yourself, if you care. (Can I get some help here?)

Stung by the (still-mourned) dearth of tomatoes last summer, I put my energies into canning their plentiful cousins, which I harvested myself from our CSA farm.  The canned version is tangy, beautiful and great served on its own as dip for tortilla chips or as a sauce for other ingredients. I made lots and everyone who received a jar for Christmas raved.

Here, now, in the dead of winter, I made a spunky potato salad sauced with canned tomatillos and crisped with the addition of celery, cucumbers, scallions and cilantro. It was amazing. And it felt as fine in winter as it does during the season, before the tomatillos hit the pantry.

Potato Salad Dressed with Tomatillo Sauce (2-4 servings)

4 potatoes (I used red waxy ones)

½ cucumber

1 small stalk celery

¼ cup more or less of tomatillo sauce

1 scallion, minced

1 tbsp cilantro leaves

Peel the potatoes, slice them, and steam until tender. Set aside, sprinkle with a little tomatillo sauce (or white wine vinegar and salt) and let cool. Meanwhile, peel the cucumber in stripes, leaving some of the green skin intact, for texture and flavor. String the celery and slice thinly, on the diagonal.  When the potatoes are cool, toss with the tomatillo sauce, cucumber and celery. Garnish with minced scallion and cilantro.

Categories: Gluten-free dairy-free, Pantry, Potatoes, Salad, TomatilloTags: , , ,


  1. That looks DELICIOUS.

    WordPress should give you a little button at the top of the posting box that says “link” – it will let you paste in the URL to the past post (which you can get by going to that post and copying it out of the address bar) and the word “here” or whatever you want the link text to say.

    Alternatively you could just paste the HTML but the above is probably the easiest route.

  2. I see someone else has already solved your link problem! I’m curious to know how you did the tomatillo sauce. I found much conflicting advice about whether it was OK to water-bath can tomatillos without adding acid, which I dislike. I ended up pressure canning mine instead, just to be on the safe side, and have been very pleased with the results. My thought process is here, if you’re curious.

  3. Thanks for the comment on canning tomatillo sauce. I had been holding off canning them for years until I read Erica Bone’s new book Well-Preserved, which contains a recipe for canning tomatillo sauce using a water bath process. She seems very careful about achieving the right pH. She claims that tomatillos have a pH of less than 4.0, making them safe for water bath canning. Because she adds onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro, she offsets their lack of acidity by adding some bottled lemon juice. I agree with you about disliking too much vinegar, but I scarcely notice the lemon juice in this recipe.

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