Roasted Fingerling Potato and Herb Salad
Potato salad with mayo is for suckers (unless you’re using Empire Mayo which is a million kinds of awesome). All you did was boil some boring potatoes and slathered them with mayo. It’s more like mayo salad with a potato as a condiment. And German Potato Salad is no better. The name sounds like a dodgy sex act (Cleveland Steamer, Dirty Sanchez, German Potato Salad etc.) and all you did was put bacon bits and sugar on those boring boiled potatoes.
You can do better than that. And even if you couldn’t before; now you can.
1 ½ lb. Fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
3 t Olive oil
5 cloves garlic, pressed or crushed or smashed
Salt and pepper
½ C Watercress leaves. (You can keep a little stem on, but don’t make it all stemmy._
2 T sliced black olives
1 T capers, chopped
1 C Chives (approx. 1 oz.), not-so-finely chopped
2 T chopped mint
1 C Basil, roughly chopped
3 Scallions, whites and light green parts only, chopped
2 T Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 t Date syrup (You can sub brown sugar or honey if you don’t have date syrup, but if you knew what was good, you’d have date syrup around)
Preheat oven to 425F
In a medium bowl, toss sliced potatoes and garlic with a pinch of salt and 1 T of olive oil until evenly coated.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Pour the potatoes and garlic on the baking sheet, turn the potatoes cut side up.
Roast until fork tender and slightly crispy (20-30 mins. I don’t know what kind of oven you’re working with, so check often after 15 mins.)
Combine the scallions, 2 T olive oil, vinegar and date syrup in a food processor. Process until it looks and tastes like a vinaigrette.
As the potatoes are roasting, combine watercress, olives, capers, basil, mint and chives in a large mixing bowl.
When the potatoes are done, add to the mixing bowl while still warm.
Pour the dressing into the mixing bowl and toss that salad.
Taste, then adjust salt and pepper.
* If you’re not vegan, throw some crumbled feta in there.
* Any herb that you like works here. Use whatever you have at home or get creative. Tarragon, cilantro and dill all work.