Sunday, September 13, 2009

French Potato Salad with Green Beans

I think I find a new potato salad recipe everyday, but two that stood out for me this summer were potato salad recipes with green beans, and classic french potato salad recipes. I decided to combine the two recipes to make a French Potato Salad with Green Beans. This salad is bursting with flavours and textures! The vinaigrette is tangy, and because there is no dairy or mayonnaise, it is great for a picnic or packed lunch. The tender potatoes go great with the sweet and zesty shallots and crispy green beans, with hints of saltiness from the capers that are scattered throughout the dish.
Tip: If you don't have shallots on hand, you may use fresh chives or very finely minced red onion.

1.5 Il. mini red potatoes
1/2 pound green beans
about 5 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 shallot, minced
2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
2 tbsp capers, drained
1 tbsp grainy mustard
about 5 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to season

1. Place potatoes in water and allow to boil. Once water has boiled, reduce heat to low and cook for about 20-25 minutes, until tender when inserted with a fork. In the last 5-7 minutes of cooking, add the green beans. Remove potatoes and beans, let sit for about 5 minutes, and cut into quarters.

2. In a bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar, shallot, parsley, capers, and grainy mustard.

3. While continuing to whisk, slowly add in the olive oil in a small stream.

4. Pour over the potatoes and green beans and season with salt and pepper.


Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

This sounds/looks delish! I'm seriously trying this recipe this week....getting run to the grocery store first :)

Thanks for posting it!

girlichef said...

Oh yum, new potatoes and green beans make one of my alltime favorite salads! This sounds delicious :D

Finsmom said...

I love the beans in this recipe :)

redkathy said...

Capers and grainy mustard... Hubby says the only way to eat green beans is in a salad, which I introduced him to, of course. The capers and mustard sound wonderful. Copied this to my list of must try recipes. I'm definitely gonna try this one on him, thanks for sharing!

Mini Baker said...

I just found your blog and I love it! You've got so many yummy recipes :)
-Mini Baker

charmaine said...

wow! this looks delicious! i'll have to try this recipe. lovely blog! thank you for your nice comment. have a lovely evening.

God Bless,

figtree said...

Everything you make looks sooooooooooooooooooo good.Figtreeapps

The imPerfect Houswife said...

Uh yeah, I would make that in a heartbeat!! I love cold green beans in salads - that looks AWESOME. GREAT job ~ ♥

The imPerfect Houswife said...

One question - on the potatoes, it says 1.5 Il.? Is that pounds?

Alessia said...

this looks delicious!

Thanks for sharing!