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Daring Cooks June 2011: Healthy potato salads from around the world!

Posted by Jeanne on June 14, 2011

I read this challenge and was excited, and I told Curt about this challenge and he groaned.  Curt hates potato salad.  Curt has this terrible affliction wherein he dislikes both mayonnaise and vinegar in any application where they are the dominant flavor, which eliminates pretty damn much all picnic-salad-type dishes.

Anyway, so not only was I supposed to make a healthy potato salad, I wanted to make something that my lovely but picky husband would enjoy.  A challenge indeed.  I was inspired by all the herbs in our garden that are coming up, so I decided to make a warm potato salad with a Dijon-herb vinaigrette.

Blog-checking lines:  Jami Sorrento was our June Daring Cooks hostess and she chose to challenge us to celebrate the humble spud by making a delicious and healthy potato salad. The Daring Cooks Potato Salad Challenge was sponsored by the nice people at the United States Potato Board, who awarded prizes to the top 3 most creative and healthy potato salads. A medium-size (5.3 ounce) potato has 110 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium and includes nearly half your daily value of vitamin C and has more potassium than a banana!

Warm potato salad with Dijon-herb vinaigrette

Serves 3 or 4

6 medium potatoes, about 2 or 3 lbs., cut into uniform chunks

1 TB Dijon mustard

1 lemon, juiced (about 1 TB juice)

Herbs – I used chives, thyme, and tarragon

Salt & pepper

0.25 C olive oil

Boil potatoes in salted water (I used about 3 quarts of water  and 2 TB salt) until tender, about 20 – 25 minutes depending on how big you’ve cut them.

While potatoes cook, combine mustard, lemon juice, herbs, and salt & pepper to taste.  Slowly whisk in the olive oil to finish the dressing.

The magic of emulsion.

Drain the potatoes, and immediately add to the dressing while they’re still hot.  Stir gently to coat all of the potatoes without breaking them.  Let rest for a few minutes so the potatoes can absorb the dressing and toss again.  Serve warm.

And even Curt liked it.


2 Responses to “Daring Cooks June 2011: Healthy potato salads from around the world!”

  1. daphnedel said

    this looks great! i love mayo AND vinegar. but this seems like a really nice version. i’m gonna try it.

  2. I love potato salad in all ways, shapes, and forms… looks great!

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