28 June 2009

Potato Salad with Gremolata Dressing

Potato Salad with Gremolata Dressing
On Friday when we launched the very first Cooking Light magazine Virtual Supper Club I enjoyed preparing the Maple Grilled Salmon to share with the ladies. Since the meal was a virtual one, then here at home I needed to prepare something simple and tasty to accompany my salmon dish. What I came up with is the best potato salad I have had in some time. So refreshing and light tasting I don't know why I haven't thought of it before!!! Since the dressing uses no mayonnaise it would be perfect for picnic lunches as well!!!

The gremolata-inspired dressing (with parsley, lemon, and garlic) adds a twist to this salad that appealed to me. Gremolata, which can also be spelled “gremolada,” is a condiment that is traditionally served with Ossobucco alla Milanese ( an Italian dish of braised veal shanks). Gremolata is a chopped herb condiment made of garlic, parsley, and lemon peel. Although it is a common accompaniment to veal, the citrus element in gremolata makes it a wonderful addition to seafood dishes so serving it alongside the salmon was the perfect choice!!!

Some chefs add finely chopped mint to their gremolata, or completely replace the parsley with mint. This would be perfect for this potato salad as well. With the addition of mint in the gremolata dressing, consider adding a dash of white sugar to bring out the sweetness of the mint.

Steaming your potatoes is a good alternative to boiling and allows you to retain a lot of their nutrients. Ideally you need a steamer, but it is possible to improvise by using a big steel cooking sieve across the top of a saucepan and the correct lid to seal it. Steaming is a bit slower than boiling because the heat conduction isn't quite as good but the advantage is that if the potato is floury it won't fall apart quite so quickly as if you boiled it. Also, if it's a coloured potato like Salad Blue, Congo or in this case Red Bliss, it will keep its colour much better on cooking.

** Potato Salad with Gremolata Dressing**
Printable Recipe

1/2 pound small white potatoes
1/2 pound small red potatoes
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 garlic clove, crushed and minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon capers, drained

Steam potatoes, covered, 12 minutes or until tender. Cover and set aside.

Combine the lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. To this slowly add the olive oil, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in lemon rind and garlic; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in parsley and capers.

Cut potatoes into bite size pieces and add to gremolata mixture, tossing well to coat.

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  1. We made osso bucco the other day. Used Mario Batali's recipe for gremolata with pinenuts. That was a first, and really good.
    Love your potato salad recipe.

  2. A fabulous salad! Perfect with salmon!



  3. I love the idea of this recipe, Val. I like the "traditional" mayo-based potato salad, but I like something like this so much more. It seems it would be a perfect counterpoint to the salmon, too.

  4. Yum, the gremolata sounds like a perfect pairing with the potatoes! I love how you've used a mix of potatoes, too.

  5. I like steamed vegs, but sometime too lazy to get around doing it. The salad is nice one, I'll try for sure!

  6. Mmm, what a gorgeous summer meal. I am a huge fan of gremolata.

  7. Nice potatoes Vall, look so tasty really,xxGloria

  8. Your potato salad looks delicious! The whole meal just comes together so nicely! Well done!

  9. This sure is one very lip smacking fabulous salad Val!!

  10. Definitely a new way to use gremolata. Love that for taters.

  11. Your potato salad looks so tasty, capers, parsley...yummie!

  12. I love potato salad, and the citrus flavors in the gremolata dressing you made, must have really made this one stand out! Looks beautiful too!

  13. Your potato salad looks awesome (the salmon too)! I've been experimenting with different summer salads and I will be sure to try this one. Love your virtual club.

  14. I love how fresh this salad sounds and looks yummy!

  15. Your potato salad looks delicious! I love the idea of adding capers. I bet that was so yummy. :)

  16. I love the flavors, the lightness, and the contrast of potato colors in this salad. The gremolata is a great idea, particularly for those of us who aren't into mayo.

  17. This looks so simple and delicious. I'll have to try it this week.

  18. I really like potato salad and this one definitely has some *ZING* to it!

  19. I love Potato Salad perfect ingredients! Happy Holiday!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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