A nice alternative to a regular potato salad, this classic French Potato Salad is light and filled with herbs!
Though long a fan of a potato salad I’ve made for many years with sour cream and bacon; this recipe for a French Potato Salad is probably my favorite for a barbecue. Not just because it is filled with fresh herbs and simply dressed with an olive oil and vinegar mixture but because it doesn’t come attendant with a requirement to keep it cool…how perfect is that for summer outings?
This is yet again another recipe that I’ve updated that was too good to languish in the archives of many years ago and just one of hundreds of recipes from my original food website that I am STILL bringing over to this blog. I may never get all of them done but this gem is simply too good to be lost in that transition. I was thinking the other day about the hundreds and hundreds of recipes I have with no attribution though. No one claiming ownership, no links to another blog.
Years ago, before the Internet and the business of food blogging, people loved to share what they had made; readily giving their friends, neighbors and guests a recipe to use with no regard as to whether someone else would claim it; no small print advising that they had better tell everyone who enjoyed it who had actually come up with the dish.
It was expected that we would all put our own spin on it and if someone came to my home and I served a dish as a result of them sharing a recipe…they did not stand up in the room and announce to everyone present that it was really their recipe. They might be tickled pink that I had been serious about enjoying something they had made but that was about it. It was that history of sharing that saw recipes traverse this country, get revised by thousands and end up on kitchen tables from NYC to LA; all becoming a part of a thousand different family traditions.
So I might get a bit disjointed when I see the laments about ‘stealing’ recipes and how people start wringing their hands at the injustice. In my original post I talked about some bad experiences I had heard of from bloggers that attended a food blogging conference and it seems like in any other realm; there is the good, the bad and yes, sometimes the downright ugly. I try to focus on what I LOVE and avoid that drama so from me to you?
I hope you take this recipe, make it my way or your way and enjoy it with your friends and family. Letting me know is fun; showing attribution is considerate if you blog about it but in the long run? I have no idea where this recipe came from but will give thanks today to whoever shared it with me and really hope you enjoy it too…it’s simple and delicious and a family favorite!
French Potato Salad
A light potato salad made with olive oil, lemon juice, champagne vinegar and herbs.
- 4 lbs small red potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed, and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
- 4 Tbsp salt
- 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled
- 3 Tbsp Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 4 tsp whole grain mustard (My favorite is from Trader Joe's)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 small shallot, minced (about 4 Tbsp)
- 2 Tbsp minced fresh chives
- 2 tbsp minced fresh tarragon leaves
- 2Tbsp minced fresh thyme
- Place potatoes and salt in large pan, cover with water andbring to boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium.
- Put peeled garlic into simmering water and partially blanch, about 45 seconds.
- Immediately run garlic under cold tap water to stop cooking and set aside.
- Continue to simmer potatoes, uncovered, until tender but still firm (thin-bladed paring knife can be slipped into and out of center of potato slice with no resistance), about 5 minutes.
- Drain potatoes, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Put hot potatoes back into the pot they were cooked in.
- Press garlic through garlic press or mince by hand.
- Whisk garlic, reserved potato cooking water, vinegar, mustard, oil, lemon juice and pepper in small bowl until combined. Drizzle dressing evenly over warm potatoes and gently mix; let stand 10 minutes.
- Toss shallots and herbs in small bowl. Transfer potatoes to large serving bowl; add shallot/herb mixture and mix gently with rubber spatula to combine. Taste and correct seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately.
- For best flavor, serve the salad warm or at room temperature. To make ahead, follow the recipe through step 7 and then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Before serving, bring the salad to room temperature, then add the shallots and herbs and toss gently to combine.