Sunday, October 4, 2020

Light and Healthy Mediterranean Style Potato Salad

 A lighter and healthier potato salad filled with red onion and fresh herbs doused in a mustard vinaigrette.  Delish!!!

Who doesn't love a good potato salad?  We all do, but sometime we need that wonderful side dish to be a little healthier.  Am I right?

Growing up, Mom use to make the typical Mustard Potato Salad that loaded with mayo, eggs and all the good stuff.  But let me tell you it's also loaded with calories.  Plus, if you want to take it to a potluck or a picnic then you had better eat it quick.  I don't want to see what happens to mayo when it's been in the hot sun for hours on end!

So Suzy over at the Mediterranean Dish has solved that problem for us.  A lighter and healthier potato salad filled with red onion and fresh herbs all doused with a mustard vinaigrette.  Totally delish!!!

Perfect with any main dish and also a great travel companion to those potlucks, picnics, and at any BBQ.  It withstands the heat, not to mention that is tastes fabulous as well.  

Here's some tips on making the perfect potato salad:

  • The potato - small baby gold potatoes, red potatoes, or small white potatoes are best.  You want something with a thin skin that you don't have to peel.  Russet potatoes are too starchy and don't hold their shape very well so I would not suggest this type.
  • Cut before you cook - It's easier to cut the potatoes first and then cook them.  If you cut them after you run the risk of them falling apart.  Another plus is that cut potatoes will cook faster that whole ones.  Makes sure to salt your water as well to give the potatoes some flavor.
  • Dress the potatoes while they are hot - This will help the potatoes absorb all the flavors from the dressing.
  • Serve the salad at room temperature - After you bring this dish all together all the salad to sit for a bit while  you finish up your other dishes to allow the flavors to blend.  Serve it a room temperature for the best flavors. 

Make sure to make this one soon.  It's comes together in under 30 minutes.


Light and Healthy Mediterranean Style Potato Salad

serves 4-6

1 1/2 lb small potatoes such as new potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, or red potatoes
1/4 cup chopped red onions
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped dill

Dijon Vinaigrette
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp ground sumac
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp ground coriander

Wash and dry the potatoes. Slice potatoes thinly with a knife or mandoline. 

Place potatoes in a pot and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Add salt. Turn the heat down to low and allow the potatoes to simmer for about 6 minutes or so until they're tender when poked with a fork.

Add vinaigrette ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until well-combined. 

Drain the potatoes in a colander and then place them in a bowl.  Add the mustard vinaigrette and gently toss to coat.

Add onions and fresh herbs. Toss gently to combine.

Transfer the potatoes to a serving platter. Allow the salad to rest for 20 minutes.  Serve at room temperature.

adapted from:  Mediterranean Dish

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