Potato Salad with Nettle Pesto or Forest Salsa

picture of potato salad with nettle pesto and forest salsa

April 23, 2018

May Day, vappu, is the first festival of the spring that we can celebrate outdoors in southern Finland. On the 1st of May, the citizens of Helsinki gather to Kaivopuisto, Helsinki to enjoy a lovely picnic or brunch with friends and family. Potato salad is a traditional Finnish vappu dish and this year we’ll be serving you two sauce options for it: a creamy version spiced with spruce and sea buckthorn and a clear nettle pesto alternative.

Potato salad (4 servings)

  • 5 potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • ½ apple
  • 3tl capers*
  • 1 garlic clove
  • splash of apple cider vinegar

Cook the potatoes and slice the other ingredients. Let the potatoes cool for a moment before cutting them into cubes. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.

*You can replace the capers with wild dandelion buds! 

Sauce option 1: Creamy spruce and sea buckthorn sauce 

Mix the ingredients and add the sauce gently to the potato salad. Let it sit in the fridge for a moment before serving. Sprinkle fresh spruce buds or Forest Salsa powder on top. Remember that you always need the permission from the landowner to collect leaves or buds.

Sauce option 2: Bright nettle pesto sauce

Mix the ingredients and add the sauce gently into the potato salad. Add olive oil if needed. Let it sit in the fridge for a moment before serving. Sprinkle well-chopped nettle and ground elder leaves or Nettle Pesto crush on top. Chopping the nettle leaves destroys the nettles stinging parts of the plant.

Two bowls of potato salad using Forest Salsa or Nettle Pesto

Enjoy with friends! Hauskaa vappua, klara vappen!

Read more about the benefits of Finnish wild herbs from our Wild Plants section or book a wild herb workshop and dive deeper into the Nordic taiga forest!

Photos: Aino Huotari

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