Monday, June 19, 2017

French Potato Salad

It's stupid hot lately. Not by the numbers, really - high 80s, low 90s is hot, but not stupid hot. It's the humidity. With readings like 83% at times, it makes going outside a scary proposition. It also makes wanting to eat nearly impossible. That's why I love this recipe so much.

This type of weather is the perfect time for this delicate salad. Unlike its American counterpart, which is generally smothered in mayonnaise, this potato salad, made with new potatoes, spring onions and an oil and vinegar dressing, is lighter and bright in flavor.

French Potato Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


1 1/2 pounds new potatoes (small red-skinned potatoes)
1 Tbs shallots - minced
1/4 cup spring (or green) onion - sliced thickly
1 clove garlic - minced
1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon - finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Kosher salt - divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground


  1. Pour 2 quarts cold water into a medium saucepan. Add 1 teaspoon salt and set aside.
  2. Wash potatoes well and slice thickly -- about 1/4-inch per slice.
  3. Add sliced potatoes to water and heat to a simmer. Simmer until potatoes are tender but not mushy -- 4 to 5 minutes. Check doneness with a fork.
  4. While potatoes are cooking, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until well blended.
  5. Drain potatoes and rinse briefly in cold water until no longer steaming hot. Add to dressing and toss gently but thoroughly. Refrigerate if desired or serve at room temperature.

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