Monday, July 1, 2013

Herbie Potato Salad

Just in time for 4th of July..............

You know how much I love a potato salad in the summer, and my Classic Potato Salad with eggs and pickle relish (real mayo please) is still the winner.

However, not everyone loves mayonnaise (really?), and it doesn't do too well at summer parties without refrigeration.

In this recipe, I take the opportunity to dead head my herbs from the garden and add them with some purchased basil pesto and cider vinegar to warm potatoes. Throw in some defrosted frozen peas and this is a fantastic alternative to mayo haters potato salad.

In fact, I like this just as much, if not better.

My herbs of choice are basil and mint, and this time I also added in some cilantro.
Scallions and chives too. (I would not use rosemary or thyme here).

I never measure, so just use the quantities you like and taste for seasoning.

Herbie Potato Salad:

1 lb. of small red or mixed potatoes, skins left on

Cook potatoes about 23 minutes, while potatoes are still warm, cut into quarters and mix with the following ingredients:

a generous handful of chopped scallions
1 cup of defrosted frozen peas
3 generous tablespoons of store bought basil pesto
1/4 cup of cider vinegar
1/4 cup of olive or canola oil
big handful of chopped fresh mint
big handful of chopped fresh basil

Delicious served warm or room temperature.

If you are making this the day before, make sure you adjust seasonings and bring to room temp before serving.



Oui Chef said...

I for one think that mayo is one of the culinary world's greatest creations. That said, handfuls of fresh herbs make everything taste better. Might just add a dollop of mayo for old time's sake!

Natalia said...

That looks amazing Stacey - so fresh and green and I'm sure yummy! Can't wait to try it. I've been using my garden herbs much more these days & really like how they enhance the taste of food in recipes.

Anonymous said...

I am a mayo hater, so this solves my July 4 potato salad contribution!
Thank you!

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

I like mayo, but purchased has soy and the shelf-life for homemade is pretty short. I think this is such a more sophisticated recipe.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I love your classic potato salad but my favorites are these types with oil and vinegar and lots of herbs. Happy 4th to you and Henry.