Sometimes you just have to shake things up a little.
Growing up, my mother had only one recipe for potato salad: russet potatoes, celery, hard boiled eggs, and mayonnaise. We loved it.
But, as an adult, I’ve since learnt there are other types of potato salads AND other types of potatoes other than russets. This last part is more important than the first – russets tend to crumble and don’t hold firm. Yukon gold or red potatoes are firmer and will hold their shape. While I may return to my mother’s recipe, I will NOT use russet potatoes in potato salad ever again.
Roasted Potato Salad has a bit of a tang due to the vinegar and Dijon. I wouldn’t say it was better nor worse than my mother’s blander potato salad – just different. And, sometimes, different is nice.
Note: If you can find them, use the tiny Yukon potatoes. This way you only have to cut them in half and can let them roast without stirring.
ROASTED POTATO SALAD
- 2 lbs of 1″ Yukon Gold (or red potatoes)
- 1 shallot, cut in half lengthwise
- 4 cloves of garlic, whole
- 2 T olive oil
- 1/2 tsp + 3/4 tsp salt, divided
- 1/2 tsp + 3/4 tsp ground black pepper, divided
- 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped into 3/4″ pieces
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 T white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 stalks celery, chopped fine
- 1/4 cup chives, chopped
Preheat oven to 425º Fahrenheit.
Wash potatoes, leaving skin intact. If using 1″-ish sized potatoes, cut in half. If using larger sized, cut into bite-sized pieces.
Place cut potatoes in a bowl and mix in the shallot, garlic, olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, and the red pepper. Pour onto a rimmed sheet with the potatoes laying cut side down. Roast undisturbed in the preheated 425º F oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool a little while you mix the dressing. In the same bowl you used to mix the potatoes (you don’t have to wash it), mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, Dijon, 3/4 tsp salt, 3/4 tsp ground pepper, and celery. When cool enough to handle, chop the roasted shallot and garlic, and add to the dressing. Mix in the potatoes. You can serve it as a warm salad or chilled – it’s up to you. Just before serving, mix in the chopped chives.