Please give me a dressing that would go superbly with these ingredients.
September 27, 2019 5:37 AM   Subscribe

I have diced cooked potato, avocado, boiled eggs, sauted mushrooms (potentially), spring onions, mayonnaise, sour cream, greek yoghurt, feta cheese, celery, lemons and lime. What would be the most amazing dressing to bring all these things together, plus I need to bulk it out plus also please tell me what to leave out. I have other standard seasonings and herbs and spices and so on. Leaving things to the last minute, as always!
posted by h00py to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Wait, I'm confused. Are some of these ingredients the salad that you're trying to dress? Are all of them potential dressing ingredients going on something else? Do you have greens you're going to mix these things into, or are we ending up with an extra-quirky potato salad?
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:48 AM on September 27, 2019 [1 favorite]

Yes, all potential ingredients in a cold, creamy salad.
posted by h00py at 5:56 AM on September 27, 2019

It's the dressing that will tie it all together, I feel.
posted by h00py at 6:00 AM on September 27, 2019

Looking at that list I would do the potato, eggs, mushrooms, onions, celery, and mayo, then add salt, pepper, dill, and celery seed if you have it. Maybe also some paprika or cayenne? Then I would taste and potentially add some of the sour cream or yogurt if it isn't tangy enough.
posted by brilliantine at 6:06 AM on September 27, 2019 [2 favorites]

Lime-avacado dressing: 1 C Mayo or plain yogurt, 2T Rice Wine Vinegar, 1 t dill, 1 t dried parsely, 1/2 T Lime juice, 1 mashed avocado, 1 t celery seed if you have it, salt & pepper to taste. Mix until creamy. if you want it a little sweeter, add a teaspoon of sugar or honey.

Potatoes, Chopped Eggs, chopped onions, chopped celery, mushrooms (if they are sauteed, pat dry with paper towel, just to remove moisture) and for bulk, any cooked beans (Garbanzo, black beans, etc. ) Toss gently with dressing, let chill. Top with feta and/or chopped green onion tips and/or fresh parsely.
posted by allandsome at 6:20 AM on September 27, 2019 [2 favorites]

Can you get a cucumber? I saw the Greek yogurt and feta cheese, and I started thinking about a tzatziki-flavored potato salad.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:55 AM on September 27, 2019

I would do the salad with just the potatoes, chopped eggs, celery, spring onions. Can you add dill? Then dress with a combination of half mayo, half greek yogurt, with lemon. That will be very good. Similar to a Salad Olivier, but even better and fresher with the greek yogurt. If you have a bag of frozen peas around, cook them real quick and use them for the bulking up. If you have some pickles in the fridge definitely dice some up and add them. Don't forget black pepper.

I would leave out the mushrooms and the feta. Do something else with them. Do you have some spinach in the house? You can make a very nice frittata with spinach, mushrooms, feta, eggs and (optionally) herbs like parsley, basil, mint, dill. Or just make yourself an omelet with mushrooms & feta.
posted by fingersandtoes at 6:59 AM on September 27, 2019 [10 favorites]

By the way if you have a Trader Joe's nearby, their cilantro & avocado refrigerated bottled dressing would be wonderful on your egg/potato/celery/pickle/spring onion salad.
posted by fingersandtoes at 7:04 AM on September 27, 2019 [1 favorite]

There will be answers in Silverton's A Twist of the Wrist, which I'm guessing you may find generally useful given the pattern of having lots of things in the cupboard but little idea what to do with them on short notice. It's about cooking with what's in the pantry.

With what you have, sounds like you're close to a ni├žoise salad, without the tuna.

You can roast the mushrooms and eat them with the feta as a snack or side.
posted by snuffleupagus at 7:32 AM on September 27, 2019 [1 favorite]

i make my grandmothers potato salad all the time and it is a great hit. the salad is potatoes, cucumbers, boiled egg, celery and a small amount of minced onion, but i am guessing many of your ingredients would also work.

the dressing is 1/2 cup mayo, 2 T white vinegar, 2 T sugar salt and pepper to taste. double or triple as needed.
posted by domino at 8:04 AM on September 27, 2019 [1 favorite]


I would include the potato, avocado, boiled eggs, mushrooms, onions, and celery in the bowl. Things you could add to "bulk it out": quinoa/couscous, cucumber, red pepper, kalamata olives, greens like spinach or arugula or kale.

Dressing: olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dijon mustard and lemon juice, mixed in a little bowl/jar to taste. Toss with this dressing, a gigantic glob of greek yogurt, and lots of fresh dill if you have it. Garnish liberally with feta.

Leave out the mayo, sour cream, and lime entirely.
posted by amaire at 8:58 AM on September 27, 2019 [1 favorite]

If you've got the other ingredients, you could do a gribiche dressing. It's absurdly good, especially on potatoes. If you do this, I'd drop all the dairy and citrus on your list, as well as the mushrooms. Chop the celery and spring onions quite fine.
posted by dizziest at 9:18 AM on September 27, 2019 [2 favorites]

Do you have a can of black beans? If you feel up to making your own caesar salad dressing (and have the ingredients) add some chipotles in adobo for spicy mexican caesar dressing. (don,t resist any urges to top with crumbled tortilla chips!)
posted by supermedusa at 9:51 AM on September 27, 2019 [1 favorite]

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