Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mom’s potato salad

June 2009 061

This is the potato salad I ate growing up.  No mayonnaise here, just oil and vinegar, Italian-style potato salad. Don’t get me wrong. I like the mayonnaise-based dressing as well as the next person, but this version is my kind of comfort food. I’ve made one change to the way my mom made it – and that’s to add a touch of Dijon mustard. It’s also good with cooked green beans tossed in too, a recipe my mother-in-law used to make. Now that summer is approaching, I’ll be making this often. Once you try it, I’ll bet you will too. Make sure you use those Red Bliss potatoes. They keep their waxy texture well and don’t fall apart during the boiling. A lot of other potatoes are just too starchy and absorbent and you end up having to add more and more oil. You don’t even have to peel these either. Scrub them well before boiling. And make sure you wait until they’re cool before you add the dressing.

Mom’s Potato Salad

6 Red Bliss potatoes

Place potatoes in a pot. Cover with water and put the lid on. Boil for about 30- 45 minutes or until tender. Test with a fork or knife to see if it pierces easily. Pour off the hot water and replace with cold water. Let the potatoes cool before cutting into chunks and proceeding with the dressing.

Dressing:

Use your own judgment to decide if this is enough dressing for your potato salad. Naturally, a lot will depend on the size of your potatoes. I usually use a ratio of about 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, or sometimes 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. You decide what floats your boat.

1/4 cup olive oil

1/8 cup red wine vinegar

salt, freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup red onion, minced

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

handful of minced parsley

Blend all of the above together with a fork or a whisk and mix into the potatoes. Toss in the parsley and mix well.

22 comments:

Stacey Snacks said...

I love potato salad any way you make it.
Vinegar and mustard or mayo and chopped eggs. LOVE IT!

Anncoo said...

This is nice!

Lucia said...

My mama makes them the same way minus dijon mustard!

Spryte said...

I grew up with the mayo potato salad... but yours looks so light and fresh!

I'm definitely going to try it!

Michele said...

Me too! I just started eating potato salad with mayo a few years ago and it can't have a lot of mayo or I don't like it. I love that you put dijon mustard in it. My mom didn't do that.

Peter M said...

I usually make a spud salad like this with some variances, depending on my mood. Dijon is the main player here - luv it.

joe@italyville said...

Is there any other kind of dressing in an Italian family? oil & vinegar... period. I didn't know another dressing existed until I was 18!!

LaDue & Crew said...

Fabulous! This is how my mom made it too... with the green beans. Memories... love it! ;-)

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

This looks so great to me. I sure wish I had this instead of the sandwich I had for lunch. Maybe dinner?

lisaiscooking said...

Your potato salad looks great! Love the green bean suggestion too. I've been wanting potato salad every weekend now that it's warm.

Susan @ SGCC said...

I grew up on this potato salad too! My mother still makes it for every picnic and barbecue. My husband is a mayo man, so I have to switch back and forth. Yours looks great! I'll have to try adding mustard next time.

The Food Hunter said...

Growing up my mom always made potato salad this way.

The Duo Dishes said...

Sans mayo is the new preferred way to eat this. Don't tell our Southern kin. They won't understand.

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Bridgett said...

This version sounds delicious! While I grew up on some of the mayo based potato salads and still find them comforting, I find now that I enjoy the lighter versions. Yours sounds fantastic!

Gil said...

Sounds like my Mom's. Beautiful picture!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I grew up with this too Linda, we always tossed in fresh green beans and I still do, but next time I'll try your mustard addition, sounds like it would make it even better!
Yumm!

"Tramie" said...

Oh yummy!!! Especially there's no mayo in it!
Thanx for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!!! :D

Elra said...

YUMMY!
Love the dijon mustard in there.

Marta said...

You know, this is the way potato salad should be made. With good olive oil, some vinegar and a hint of Dijon, a herby touch and some seasonings! Brilliant job! I think the mayo-drenched variety should be illegal because it's awful! This looks fantastic!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mmmhhh, a deliciously garlicky and mustardy potato salad! Just what I love!

Cheers,

Rosa

Christelle said...

Lol, you gave me a great idea, I'll post about my mum's potato salad, different as well (I'll put a link back to your post!) great idea, our mum's favs :))