Oct 22, 2015

Potato Salad - One Good Way to Utilize Leftover Ingredients

Japanese style potato salad is one of the good ways to utilize leftover ingredients. The basic ingredients are potatoes and Japanese mayonnaise. I added whole grain mustard for an extra kick. You can mix and match the remaining ingredients ranging from hard boiled egg, peas, celery, ham, cucumber, and more. 

Potato salad -


  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 cup Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Some coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (optional)


Peel the potatoes and carrot, cut into large size pieces then steam for 45 to 55 minutes depending on how soft and fluffy you want the potatoes to be. 

If using fresh corn kernels, add them to the steamer towards the end and cook for about 8 minutes. If using canned corn, drain well and set aside for later use.

Once ready, cool down and let the steamy moisture evaporates before handling. Cut the potatoes and carrot into smaller pieces. I intentionally keep the potatoes in larger chunks for a heartier bite. Transfer the potatoes, carrot, corn, and perhaps other ingredients of your liking to a big bowl. 

Mix together Japanese mayonnaise and mustard in a smaller container first then pour onto the prepared ingredients. Fold and mix well. If using hard boiled eggs, chop them into smaller pieces and mix in towards the end. 

Sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper before serving. 

This salad can be an afternoon snack, a simple side dish, or even as a sandwich filling. The best part? Easy cleaning since only steaming, chopping, and mixing are involved. 

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