Cooking from Cookbook Challenge is an event I like to participate when ever possible. For this challenge we need to cook and post a recipe from a cookbook, from a TV show, paper clippings or recipes taken from friends and relatives. This challenge is a nice way to try out new recipes. Today’s recipe is from past Wednesday’s New York Times Food section.
Lemon potato salad with mint is a great summer salad that can be packed for picnics or barbeque parties. This is such an easy recipe that it can be put together in 30 – 40 minutes. The only time consuming part of the preparation is boiling potatoes. Once the potatoes are boiled, these are tossed with the dressing.
The dressing used for the potatoes is a simple dressing with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and salt. Potatoes are tossed with lemon vinaigrette, scallions and mint. Recipe called for Turkish Pepper and I used chili powder instead. Also, I was short of mint and used what I had on hand and used olive oil instead of extra virgin olive oil as I ran out of it. The salad was flavorful and goes well with grilled food. If you are still looking for a salad to go with all the barbequed meats for this long weekend barbeque party, try this salad and it is very easy to put together.
Source: New York Times
Preparation: 30 – 40 minutes
Serves: 2 – 3
- 1 lb. Small Waxy White or Yellow Potatoes (I used red potatoes)
- ¾ teaspoon Kosher Salt (adjust to taste, I used common table salt)
- ½ Lemon, juiced which is a about 2 tablespoon
- ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I left I could have used less oil)
- ¼ cup Scallions thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoon torn Mint Leaves and more for serving
- ⅛ teaspoon Turkish Pepper, more for serving (I used chili powder)
- Wash potatoes and place in a sauce pan and fill with water, 1 inch above the potatoes. Add about 2-3 tablespoon salt and boil until potatoes are cooked, about 20 – 25 minutes. Do not overcook the potatoes.
- Drain the potatoes and fill with cold water. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1 ½ inch cubes when the potatoes are still hot or at least warm enough to handle.
- Prepare the dressing by whisking together lemon juice, oil and salt.
- Pour the dressing over the potatoes, add scallions & mint, chili powder and toss.
- Let the potatoes cool or refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Top with additional lemon juice, scallions and mint before serving. Taste the salad and add salt and chili powder, if required.
- I left the oil was too much and could reduce it a bit.
- I never taste or used Turkish pepper. I felt I could have used more chili powder but the salad tasted fine with quantity I used.