Recipe Flash: Warm Blue Potato & Green Onion Salad

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When the weather starts getting warm, and we begin breaking out our best bright pink sundresses and laying our best bright blue picnic blankets on the Great Lawn, I start craving potato salad. It’s no secret that my mother has a bit of an obsession with mayonnaise, so it should be no surprise that the version I grew up with contained plenty of it. It also contained plenty of gourmet twists though–lots of fresh chives and parsley, really good hot French mustard, and a sprinkle of capers to give the bland, creamy potatoes an extra briney bite.

But it isn’t quite summer yet, and perhaps not quite time for my mother’s creamy classic potato salad either. The Farmer’s Market is finally starting to show some color, so a few weeks ago I decided to make a potato salad based on the vibrant ingredients I saw there. The dish was intended for a picnic, and the weather was supposed to be warm. But Mother Nature turned on us. So I made the salad for myself in my apartment, and since there was no sun to bask in, I decided to compensate by adding a little warmth to my potato salad instead.

From my kitchen, albeit small, to yours,



Warm Blue Potato and Green Onion Salad
Makes 2-3 servings

1 pound small blue potatoes, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 green onions (scallions), white parts thinly sliced, green parts cut into 2 inch pieces
2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons chicken stock
1/4 tsp salt

Bring a medium pot of salted water to boil. Cook the potatoes until al dente–nearly cooked through, but still slightly firm. This will take about 5-10 minutes, but test with the point of a knife as you go. Drain the potatoes.

In the same pot, over medium heat, add the olive oil, garlic, and white part of the scallions. Saute until the garlic is beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Add the vinegar, stock, and salt and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute. Add the potatoes back to the pot and cook for another minute or so. Off the heat, add the green part of the scallions and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

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  • Kate

    I love potatoes, and hate mayo–this sounds like a wonderful recipe to use fresh ingredients, even when the weather isn’t perfect yet. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Rebecca

    Mmmm I love the look of this – exactly my kind of food. I’ve never seen blue potatoes before, just blue potato crisps sold in some health food shops. I’d love to try some!

  • Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes

    The blue potatoes make it so much more glam. Love. xxSAS

  • SeattleDee

    I love the vibrant colors and can almost taste Spring in this dish. Was there a puckery bite to the dressing, or was the sherry vinegar pretty mellow?

  • big cooking pots

    I’ll post the same information to my blog, thanks for ideas and great article.

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