Garlic Potato Salad

Leslie H

While I know my kids have never been big potato salad fans, I found this one in my new cookbook Herbavoracious by Michael Natkin, changed it a smidge, and think it will be a delicious side dish for Father’s Day today. It is not your basic potato, hard boiled egg, mayo salad; it has really been updated with wonderful tangy flavors. Give it a try! It is gluten and dairy free and certainly can be made vegan by substituting the small amount of mayo for Vegannaise.

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds small, waxy potatoes
  • 8 stems green garlic – I couldn’t find these but used spring red onions (look like large red scallions)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • big pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • fresh chives and the purple buds (right now they are in abundance in my yard!)
  1. Wash the potatoes and put them in a large pot full of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and continue to cook until they are fully tender but not falling apart (time greatly depends on size and variety). Drain, rinse, cool, and cut into bite sized pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, remove the fuzzy end of the red onion including the outermost leaves, just like you would with a scallion. Slice thinly. Heat a small saute pan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil and saute the green garlic/red onion for about 5 minutes, until it is tender.
  3. Scrape the green garlic/red onion and olive oil into a small bowl. Add the remaining olive oil, minced garlic, vinegar, mayonnaise, black pepper, salt, rosemary, cayenne and black pepper. Stir well. Dip a piece of potato in and taste. Does it have enough salt? Is the garlic flavor present enough? Could it use a bit more cayenne? When you are satisfied, toss the dressing with the potatoes. This is easiest to do with your hands.
  4. Just before serving, thinly slice the chives and buds and  mix it into the potatoes.
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