Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pretty Purple Potato Salad w/ Herbs


I do love my classic mayonnaise potato salad dearly, but some nights I just don't want all that mayo and egg (I really want it every night, but my thighs don't).

If you can find pretty purple potatoes in your market, pick them up.

I mix new red potatoes, with small fingerling and purple potatoes to make a beautiful light potato salad.

Potato Salad w/ Herbs:

1 lb multi colored small potatoes, (purple a must)
handful of fresh mint
handful of fresh basil
handful of fresh chives
handful of fresh parsley
1 small shallot
1 Tbsp of grainy mustard
1/8 cup of white balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup of good olive oil
sea salt

In a big bowl, put a tablespoon of grainy French mustard, the white balsamic vinegar and 1/8 cup of olive oil and whisk to emulsify (I never really measure, so you might like a little more or less dressing).

Add 1 small chopped shallot to the dressing in the bowl and set aside.

Boil your potatoes until tender (mine take 22 minutes, usually).
While the potatoes are still warm, slice them lengthwise into ovals and add them to the dressing.

Chop your fresh herbs together and sprinkle over warm potatoes. Lightly toss all ingredients together and season w/ sea salt.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!


Recipe for Delicious said...

Gorgeous salad! Purple potatoes can really jazz up a dish, can't they. Back when I used to waitress, they were in our seasonal vegetable medley, and so many people would eat around them because they had never seen such a thing. Too bad, they're delicious!

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The Japanese Redneck said...

Very pretty! I really like the color that the purple potatoes give it!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

That is a pretty potato salad and delicious tasting too. just the right thing for these hot days if you can figure out how to boil water without heating the house.

We Are Not Martha said...

I absolutely love purple potatoes! I also love the idea of making this potato salad with grainy mustard. I might miss the egg just a little bit, but I'm pretty sure I'd get over it :)


T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Remember when potatoes were just white? I do love all these new varieties - especially the blues and purple which look so dramatic on the plate.

lisa said...

All the herbs in this sound great! I love a vinaigrette in potato salad.

Jen_from_NJ said...

I bet my family will love this potato salad! It meets all of the requirements of the perfect salad. I like egg in potato salad but hard boiled eggs are my daughter Ashley's kryptonite - like bananas to you!

momgateway said...

I made a similar salad with cilantro and parsley but adding mint is so creative...I'd love to find some of your purple potatoes...

Dana said...

I LOVE purple potatoes. They are so pretty and tasty. I think if you offered me a mayo and egg based potato salad and a olive oil one and allowed me to choose without a sacrifice to my waistline, I would choose the mayo one. BUT there is a time and place for a more streamlined one and this looks terrific.

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love those purple potatoes and your grainy mustard!

elra said...

I'm loving your version Stacey. love the purple potatoes.

kat said...

We are the same way & often switch out our heavier potato salads for a lighter version. I love your mix of herbs