Finnish Potato Salad with Diced Pickles and Apples


Finnish potato salad is an ingredient-rich salad made with firm potatoes.


Fluffy or Firm

I think the difference between potato salad in Japan and Finland is the type of potatoes they prefer.

In Japan, people prefer potatoes with a fluffy and chewy texture, such as danshaku potatoes. I remember the Kita-akari and Inca-no-Mezame, names of potatoes, which were sold for their fluffy and sticky texture.

In Finland, we prefer varieties that are long and slim, still firm after cooking, such as Siikli. Finnish potatoes can be distinguished by the color of their bags, which are red, yellow, or green. The green bags are said to be preferred by Finnish people.
How to Use Potato in Finland
Green, yellow, red bag of potatoes are KIINTEÄMALTOISET, YLEIS and JAUHOISET PERUNAT. Here's a table to classify each spices and type.

Different Places, Different Potato Salads

Let’s look at potato salad with each country’s preference for potatoes in mind. I think each of these recipes is designed to enjoy a different texture.

Japanese potato salad has a sticky texture. It is accented with the texture of ham, carrots, cucumber and onions.
Finnish potato salad, on the other hand, ingredients are just diced. You can enjoy the texture of the potatoes with apples and pickles.

If you ask me which is tastier, I would say both. It is very interesting to see how different potato salad is from country to country, even though it is called potato salad.


Finnish Potato Salad with Diced Potatoes, Pickles and Apples

In Finland, hard potatoes with a firm texture are popular. The potato salad is also chopped into cubes to enjoy the texture of the ingredients.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Servings4 people
  • potatoes (green bag) 400 g
  • onion 100 g
  • pickles (or cucumbers) 100 g
  • apples 100 g
  • sour cream 100 g
  • mayonnaise 50 g
  • lemon juice 1 tsp
  • mustard 1 tsp
  • white sugar 1 tsp
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Electronic scales
  • Measuring spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • bowl
  • silicone spatula
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