Pear and Potato Salad with Pickled Mustard Seeds and Sausage

This potato salad recipe is a little different than what you might be used to—it's not as creamy as traditional potato salad, and it includes sausage, pears, and kale! Still, this homemade potato salad is a great potluck dish, because you know no one will bring the exact same thing.

Pear Potato Salad Pickled Mustard Seed Sausage
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Roast Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 cups


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 8 ounce cooked chicken and apple sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick or your favorite brown-and-serve sausage

  • 1 pound gold potatoes, coarsely chopped

  • 3 firm Anjou pears, cored and cut in thin wedges

  • 1 Recipe Pickled Mustard Seeds, drained

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh mint

  • 1 small onion, cut in thin wedges (1/3 cup)*

  • 4 cup torn kale or baby kale

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a 12-inch oven-going skillet heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir until browned. Add potatoes and pears; cook until browned on edges. Transfer to oven. Roast, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until just tender.

  2. Meanwhile, for vinaigrette, in a medium bowl whisk together the Pickled Mustard Seeds, lemon juice, cider vinegar, olive oil, mustard, soy sauce, and maple syrup. Stir in mint.

  3. In a very large bowl combine potato mixture, onion, and kale. Add vinaigrette; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at once.


To remove the hot raw flavor from the onion, place wedges in a colander and rinse under cold running water; drain.

Pickled Mustard Seed

In a small saucepan combine 1/3 cup champagne vinegar, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, 1 tablespoon sugar; bring to a boil. Place1/4 cup mustard seeds in a small glass bowl; pour on boiling vinegar mixture. Cover and cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

339 Calories
17g Fat
37g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 339
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 1047mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 67.9mg 340%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 661mg 14%
Folate, total 48.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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