Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More Summer Salads

Mike tried a new beet salad recipe. It's for pickled beets, although there is no canning involved. Mason jars were used for refrigerator storage only. 

There was one too many gold beets for the brine, but that evening's meal took care of that. 
We tossed the beets in a nice fresh green salad sprinkled with feta cheese.

Mike also made our favorite potato salad (yes, he is still doing the majority  all of our cooking). This is a recipe I found years ago from a farm fresh regional cookbook that his sister Mary sent us from Wisconsin. 

It's delicious. 

Madison Potato Salad

1/2 teaspoon salt
clove of garlic, minced
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
1 cup plain yogurt
6 green onions, finely diced
6 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
3 pounds red potatoes
1/2 cup celery, chopped
pepper to taste

Quarter red potatoes and boil, set aside to cool.
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. 
Add to red potatoes.  

Pickled Beets 

5 medium red beets 
5 medium yellow beets
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
1 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
3/4 teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 or 5 dried basil leaves
1 1/4 cups white wine vinegar
1 1/4 cups dry white wine
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar 
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon coarse salt 

Stem and boil beets in separate saucepans (to prevent color staining). Simmer for about 30 minutes or until tender. 
Drain and cool, keeping beets separate. 
Peel beets. 

Combine coriander seeds through bay leaves. Sprinkle over beets, dividing evenly. 
In a saucepan, combine vinegar through salt and bring to boil.  
Immediately pour over beets, dividing evenly. 

Let cool and refrigerate. 
Will last in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. 


  1. Who wouldn't want to do this just for the pure beauty/decorative aspect!
    Seriously tho'.......I love beets and am encouraged to can some!...Thanks for the reminder!............Colleen.

  2. Do you realize that renting out your husband could bring in a tidy sum each year?!

  3. Beautiful images- just love pickled beets. Thanks for the recipes.

  4. looks delicious! love summersalads all year long. lovely greetings


  5. Those golden beets are gorgeous. How beautiful!

  6. The recipes sound wonderful! That potato salad looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks you so much for sharing these wonderful recipes with us I love beet any way you do them.. and the potato salad looks yummy....


  8. Wow, your food photography is lovely! I would love to taste the potato salad, right now, even though it's morning! Andrea @ townandprairie

  9. I am currently living a very hectic life in an urban community and each time i get one of your posts it makes me dream of a better quality vs. quantity way to live... Is what i see really as great as it is. I hope so and i hope someday i have the courage to make a move to a place a wonderful as yours. It all looks very yummy!

  10. You have a wonderful eye for beauty and balance. Your home, inside and out, is a work of art.

    I made your pasta salad and it went quickly, leaving a desire for more. My mouth fills with saliva when I look at your potato salad... I'll give it a try next.

    Trina, your blog offers gorgeous and satisfying inspiration. Thanks for sharing.


  11. thanks for the recipe. i love anything with beets!

  12. You've had some yummy recipes on your blog lately. I will certainly have to try them. Hope the babies are doing well! Carla

  13. I love that it's Mary from Wisconsin and it's Madison(my home) potato salad ...... and I love the look of your blog - it's like crisp white linens. Keep that man in the kitchen - we all benefit.

  14. The pickled beets sounds wonderful. I like to make a beet salad by roasting beets in your favorite vinaigrette and letting them cool. Then mix goat cheese walnuts and the beets and toss to coat. Delicious! But I think you could substitute the pickled beets for an interesting taste bud experience! Thanks

  15. Only your lovely photos could tempt me to try pickled beets! ;-)

    Kat :)

  16. You better hold on to that cooking man of yours! (I have a cooking man, too.) Those photos are almost good enough to taste!
    xo, Cheryl

  17. This potato salad looks devine! I made up your pasta salad and it was wonderful. I even took the leftovers to work for lunch. Such quick easy beautiful salads. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. If you ever need some help around the place, I'll gladly lend a hand in exchange for a few minutes on your porch where I can enjoy the scenic view and a taste of your summer salads.

  19. This looks delish... I am trying the potato salad with fresh dill, onions, and potatoes from my garden today:). Thanks for the recipe!!


  20. Mmmmm I love potato salad....beets not so much.

  21. I just made your madison potato salad...yum!! Thanks for sharing!

  22. These are so pretty...just to look at...I can imagine how delicious they taste too!

  23. These look like such great summertime recipes! Can't wait to make that Madison potato salad!! Hope you're having a wonderful summer!
    xo E + J

  24. Thanks so much for the yummy recipes ... two of my favorite treats!

  25. Thanks so much! I've been getting so many tomatoes from friends these days. Even though we are eating them on everything, we still can't keep up. You've inspired me to do some canning. I know we'll appreciate it in December when the only tomatoes are from the grocery.

  26. Potato salead! My favorite, and from Wisconsin, even better, I just came from a visit there. I cannot wait to try this!

  27. How (where) on earth did you find a husband who does all the cooking? Not to mention renovating? I'm expecting twins in about 8 weeks, already have 2 boys and 2 girls, but hmmm...I think I may need to invest in a live-in cook! Lovely recipes - we are eating our golden beets these days too. Scrumptious. :)


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