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Japanese Potato Salad

Japanese Potato Salad

  • serves 2
  • 30 minutes
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A potato salad is always a tasty and popular dish to prepare for your family or to bring along to a picnic. You can use many different ingredients but have you ever thought about making a Japanese version?

With this recipe we will use common Japanese seasonings such as rice or sushi vinegar, dashi and QP mayonnaise for our all time favourite potato salad mark II, the Japanese Potato Salad! Try it and you’ll see that Japanese flavours can turn a simple, well-known dish into a one of a kind dish with a completely different, yet delicious taste!


• 4 Potatoes
• 2 Boiled Eggs
• 2 Slices of Cooked Ham
• 1/4 Cucumber
• 1/2 Carrot
• 1/2 Onion

Mayonnaise Dressing
• 3 tsp Rice Vinegar or Sushi Vinegar
• 1 tsp Dashi
• 6 tbsp Mayonnaise
• 1 tsp White Sesame Seeds
• A pinch of Shichimi Togarashi (optional, only for those who like spices)

Drink recommendation: Sapporo Beer.

How To Prepare

  1. Begin by peeling your potatoes before cutting them into smaller chunks and rinsing with water. Place them in a pan with enough water to just cover the potatoes and boil until they become soft.

  2. Now drain your potatoes and cover them with the dashi making sure it is well spread. Once done, mash the potatoes roughly with a fork, we want the mixture to retain lumps. Put them back to cook on the hob and add the rice or sushi vinegar. This method is better for the potato to absorb the vinegar’s flavour. Just let them cook for one or two minutes while mixing before removing them from the heat and putting in the fridge to cool off.

  3. Let’s take care of the other ingredients now. Peel and cut your carrot and onion before cutting them along with the cucumber into small slices. Chop the boiled eggs roughly and the ham into small pieces; then mix all of your ingredients along with the potato in a bowl with a bit of salt, yummy QP Mayonnaise and optional spicy shichimi togarashi. Garnish with sesame seeds and you’re done!

    Now that your Japanese Potato Salad is ready, just serve and enjoy with a Sapporo Beer. A Japan Centre recommendation!

Tips and Information

• Spoon your potato salad between two slices of bread for a nice potato salad sarnie, big in Japan!