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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

french potato salad

Now, I like mayonnaise as much as anyone else, but I prefer the French Potato Salad sans mayo. You dress it with olive oil and herb vinegar while the potatoes are still warm, so they soak up that tasty, tangy marinade. And to celebrate the first patch of garden that is finally free of snowcover, I thought I'd make this springtime favorite for lunch ( and save the mayo for the first ripe tomato from the garden - on white bread, please).
To make:
3 medium large red skinned and/or California White potatoes, whole, scrubbed
Bring the potatoes to a low boil in a saucepan and let cook til just tender - about 25 minutes.
Remove potatoes when done and let cool for five minutes.
While the potatoes are boiling, you can make the dressing:
4 T. olive oil
1 pressed garlic clove
1/2 t. Dijon mustard
2 T. good herb vinegar ( I used dill)
1/4 t. salt, or to taste
several grindings of pepper
1 T. fresh minced dill
1T. fresh scallions, sliced thinly
Mix the dressing very well. Slice the potatoes lengthwise, then into even slices vertically. Don't make them too thin.
Gently toss the warm potatoes in the dressing and serve on top of a handful of arugula, or other greens.
I was thinking how nice a chunk of cheese would have been with this, like a soft brie.
Happy Spring!


Maria said...

I am glad you posted this recipe! I have potatoes to use up and I am NOT a mayo fan at all. This potato salad looks great though!

Anonymous said...

I think you'll like it, Maria - and you can add other herbs if you prefer. I often make it with tarragon, chives, and/or basil, which are so abundant in summertime. Another plus: you don't have to worry about mayo going bad on a picnic or at a party!

Martha said...

I like French potato salad -- it tastes so much fresher -- perhaps too many pot lucks with too many bad potato salads have jaded my taste buds for mayo ones!

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, Martha - it must be tough to suffer through potluck potato salad! The few times I've ended up with a too-mayoed potato salad, I always ended up pushing it around on my plate. This one sings with herbs and flavor, as you well know!

Anonymous said...

It's is so pretty too! It really does look like the perfect spring dish! I gotta give it a try!

Anonymous said...

Hey Barb - I'm glad you agree this is a great Spring potato salad! ( and summer, and fall - but for some reason, not winter)....thanks!

chua said...

I'm making this tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

katrina said...

Great, chua! I bet your photo will be gorgeous - those herbs and potatoes can't help looking pretty!

accordioncarol said...

We made this all the time when I was a youngster but added just a little bacon and onionand called it German potato salad. Strange it would be called French as out was the French who invented mayo.