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Warm New Potato Salad With Parsley

Warm New Potato Salad With Parsley 6.000

Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Mindful Makeover Apr 10, 2013

All-American potato salad -- loaded with mayonnaise, sour cream and diced, hard-cooked egg -- used be my standard. I took it to potlucks, served it on the Fourth of July and would make a batch just to have it on hand.

After my husband dropped a few hints about liking German-style potato salads, I got the message and started experimenting. What I learned is that you don't need many ingredients: just good potatoes, fresh herbs, a little seasoning, a flavorful vinegar and olive oil.

This rendition includes sauteed onions, a trick I learned from an Austrian chef at cooking school that complements the natural sugars in the potatoes.

New-crop potatoes are starting to show up in markets. They are not technically "new" potatoes, but they're fresh and perfect for this salad. If you can’t find any, choose a thin-skinned red potato.

Make Ahead: The salad tastes best warm, but it can be refrigerated for a day or two. Bring it to room temperature before serving.

Servings: 6 - 8

Yield: Makes about 6 1/2 cups

  • 2 pounds new, new-crop or thin-skinned potatoes
  • 5 tablespoons mild olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice (1 cup)
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Place the potatoes in a large pot; add enough cool water to cover by several inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook for 15 minutes (small potatoes) to 30 or 45 minutes (larger ones). Test for doneness by inserting a thin skewer, which should meet with little resistance.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers. Add the diced onion and a light sprinkle of salt; stir to coat. Reduce the heat to medium, further adjusting as needed to keep the onion from browning. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the onion is tender.

Whisk together the parsley, vinegar and mustard in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Slowly whisk in the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed.

When the onions are done, stir them into the parsley dressing.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the potatoes to a cutting board. Let them cool for 5 minutes, then cut them into 1/2-inch cubes. Immediately add them to the onion-parsley dressing mixture, tossing to combine. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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From columnist Stephanie Witt Sedgwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 8): 160

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 55mg 2%

Total Carbohydrates: 22g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 3g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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