I finally cracked and made my own potato salad and "meatball" bento - looks Scandianvian, doesn't it? Homemade potato salad though, and the "meatballs" are falafels. I can't stand storebought potato salad, so it's made from scratch. I got lazy with the falafels instead - they come pre-fried and just need microwaving. Very handy! Then there's some gardengrown salad and some cherry tomatoes, a skewered pickle and some red beets (which were the last of my freezer stash).
Pretty simple bento, but I came home late from training and STILL made the potato salad from scratch then. (I make my own mayonaise - I can't stand salad with storebought mayo.) So - simple-looking, but not that simple.
About 600g potatoes, boiled, peeled and still warm! Boil while you make the mayo and chop the rest of the ingredients.
Mayonaise: 1 room-temperature egg unflavoured oil (I use corn or sunflower) Salt 1 Tsp. mustard
Beat the egg, then beat in the oil in a thin stream until emulsion forms. Add salt and mustard. I did the whole thing in a food processor and added 4-5 small pickles in the end, which got chopped up in the mayonaise. Saves time.
Salad 2-3 Tsp. Sourcream (I don't like sourcream all that much, so I use thick yoghurt. It gives a different taste though, which is somewhat rougher than sourcream.) 1/2 red onion, chopped 2-3 Tsp. vinegar (preferable apple, if you have it) Mix with the mayonaise. Add salt and pepper to taste (and don't be afraid to file on the recipe a little until it matches your taste!)
Peel the potatoes and chop them into slices. Toss with the salad while still warm. Cool at room temperature and enjoy!
It's not the most spectacular or complicated recipe, actually. I like simple and tasty things - even when eating vegetarian!
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