This potato salad is mayo-less and best eaten warm or at room temperature. The hot potatoes soak up the garlicky dressing, and the blanched green beans add a crunchy, fresh note. Perfect for summer BBQs and pot lucks!
Potato salad is a classic dish that everyone loves. There are a million different versions of it, and every household has the one they grew up on. Mom’s famous potato salad. When I was growing up, we always had potato salad for Easter dinner. It was a very simple mayo/vinegar mixture with salt and pepper. The potatoes were coated and the salad was chilled, and then it was sprinkled with dried parsley. To this day I still crave that potato salad, but it doesn’t taste the same if it’s not Easter and I’m not at home.
I’m not a big fan of mayo these days. I never put it on my sandwiches, and I decided that it doesn’t need to be on my potato salad, either. Unless it’s Easter, that is. This mayo-less potato salad is best served warm. You combine all of the ingredients when they are still hot so the potatoes soak up the delicious Dijon vinaigrette, and the raw garlic and shallots become so fragrant your mouth starts watering. The green beans are just blanched so that they become brilliantly green but they are still crunchy and fresh.
I don’t see fingerling potatoes used very often. They are tiny and, like their name implies, look a little bit like pudgy fingers. Leave the skins on, as they are very thin and delicate like a red potato’s skin. You could definitely use red potatoes in this recipe, as well. I do love red potatoes and use them often, but I think the fingerlings are perfect for potato salad, and the presentation of a half a tiny little potato is just so cute.
This side dish is loaded with flavor, so it would be beautiful with a simple steak or grilled chicken. Of course, it doesn’t get more summery than a BBQ burger with a side of potato salad. I’ve added roasted red peppers before and loved that version. What do you think could improve this flavorful, mayo-free potato salad for your dinner table? Or are you going to try it as is?
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