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Sterling-Style Herbed Potato Salad

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


by in Jul 2012
Sterling-Style Herbed Potato Salad
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Total Time: 25

In a "German-style" potato salad like this recipe, you use vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise for the dressing. You may change this recipe to suit your own taste, substituting white onion for red or using a different kind of mustard. Trust your own ideas and get creative, or clean out the fridge! This salad is excellent the next day and up to three days later.

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  • 3 pounds small red new potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt, divided
  • 1 medium-size red onion, finely diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup apple-cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 small (or 1/2 large) fennel bulb, diced
  • 1/4cup chopped celery (or 2 tablespoons minced fresh lovage leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme (or common thyme), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped


Scrub potatoes; leave whole and place in a large pot. Cover with cold water so that there's at least an inch of water above the potatoes. Add 2 tablespoons salt and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Put diced onion and minced garlic in a large bowl with vinegar, remaining salt, and black pepper. Stir to dissolve salt; then whisk in olive oil. Set aside.
When potatoes are done, drain and cut into 1-inch cubes. While potatoes are still warm, toss with onion mixture, mustard, and capers. Add bell pepper, fennel, celery (or lovage), and herbs and toss once more. Serve.
Updated Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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