Warm Potato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

A summer potato salad couldn’t be easier. Warm baby red potatoes are drizzled with a basil-packed dressing made with garlic, vinegar, and mustard.

Though this dressing can be whisked by hand, a food processor renders it a wonderful shade of green.–Fine Cooking

Warm Potato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Warm Potato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
A summer potato salad couldn’t be easier. Warm baby red potatoes are drizzled with a basil-packed dressing made with garlic, vinegar, and mustard.
Fine Cooking

Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 30 mins
Salad
American
4 servings
475 kcal
5 from 1 vote
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Ingredients 

  • 1 3/4 pounds small red potatoes scrubbed
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup canola oil

Directions
 

  • Steam the potatoes over boiling water until tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 15 minutes. (Alternatively, boil them in well-salted water until tender. Drain them and return them to the pot in which they were cooked and set over low heat for a few seconds to dry them.)
  • In a food processor, combine the basil, garlic, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. With the motor running, gradually add the oil until completely incorporated.
  • When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, halve or quarter them, depending on their size. Put them in a serving bowl and drizzle with about 1/2 cup of the vinaigrette. Serve warm with extra vinaigrette on the side, if you like.
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Show Nutrition

Serving: 1portionCalories: 475kcal (24%)Carbohydrates: 32g (11%)Protein: 4g (8%)Fat: 38g (58%)Saturated Fat: 3g (19%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 515mg (22%)Potassium: 924mg (26%)Fiber: 4g (17%)Sugar: 3g (3%)Vitamin A: 175IU (4%)Vitamin C: 18mg (22%)Calcium: 30mg (3%)Iron: 2mg (11%)

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

This was a really simple recipe to make, but oh-so delicious. Steam the potatoes and process the basil vinaigrette. The vinaigrette adds so much flavor, and is delicious on the still-warm potatoes. I’ll make this again exactly as written. It’s a wonderful side dish for almost any meal.

Originally published July 13, 2009

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I returned home this morning from the Farmer’s Market with not just one but two bags of red baby potatoes. Jumping online to Leite’s Culinaria, I found this recipe for potato salad with basil vinaigrette (basil being another item in my Farmer’s Market tote). I’m giving this recipe 5 stars plus a thumbs-up for being super easy, more interesting than a mayo-based salad and just plain tasty good! (It’s good at any temperature, too)

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