Thursday, June 4, 2009

Recipe: Potato Salad a La Nicoise

You know those potato salads you see in almost every grocery store deli? Covered in a vat of mayonnaise? Do you like? Well, apparently someone does because they always seem to be readily available at any time of the year, no matter where you are. If this has kept you away from potato salad I hope to get your love for this "French" take on the salad. If you are not a fan of eggs or olives, no worries. It is pretty damn tasty with or without. And you can always substitute with green beans or corn off the cob.

2 pounds of baby nugget potatoes
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
3/4 to 1 cup mixed olives
4 poached eggs (optional) See poached eggs recipe
2 shallots, minced
2 tablespoons chopped chives

1 tablespoon dijon mustard, grainy or smooth
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves
5 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste

Servings: 4

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add potatoes and cook 10-15 minutes or until done.
Remove and drain in a colander. Put in a large salad bowl with tomatoes.
Add all dressing ingredients into a food processor. Blend well.
Pour dressing over warm potatoes and tomatoes. Plate and top with olives, chives and shallots.

Optional: Place poached egg on top so yolk acts like a gooey warm sauce on top of potatoes.

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