Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Green Beans

June 14, 2016 By Cathy — 7 Comments
Roasted fingerlings and crunchy green beans get tossed with a zingy dressing in this scrumptious summer side.

Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Green Beans

The one recipe question I get asked all the time is “what should I make for a side dish?”. Especially in the summer. It seems the burgers, dogs and steaks are the easy part, but what to serve alongside presents the challenge. The easy answer is a big green salad, grilled veggies or potato salad. These immediately come to mind for quick summer sides. But it can also become boring if you get stuck in a rut.

I have a special place in my heart for a classic potato salad…boiled potatoes, celery, hard-cooked eggs and a mayonnaise-y dressing. But it’s not something I want to eat everyday. To make a lighter, updated version I add in crunchy veggies, omit the mayo and toss in a handful of herbs. I also love to try out different potatoes and cooking methods. My current favorite is fingerling potatoes, roasted in the oven with shallots and garlic until they are lightly browned with crispy edges. Roasting the potatoes and shallots not only adds depth of flavor, but prevents the potatoes from becoming soft and mushy.

Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Green Beans

Another great thing about this recipe is how easy it is to put your own spin on it. Don’t have green beans and dill? How about trying a southwest version with diced peppers, fresh corn and cilantro?  Mix a couple of spoonfuls of salsa into the dressing and serve it with a juicy steak for a hearty meal for a crowd. Love Mediterranean flavors? Add crumbled feta, kalamata olives, diced tomatoes and a squeeze of lemon to the dressing for the perfect pairing with grilled lamb chops. Or maybe you have a ton of herbs to use up in the frig. Try sprinkling some over the potatoes as they roast and add another handful into the dressing for an extra punch of flavor.

Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Green Beans

If you’re usually a stickler for recipes, I think this is a great time to push the boundaries a bit. You can start small by simply adding another herb or a little more onion. Hey it’s summer. It’s time to relax, not worry about following the recipe to the letter and experimenting a little bit in the kitchen. Not that you’re not going to love this recipe as is. Because trust me, you will. Either way, I know you’ll enjoy this updated, delicious twist on the classic summer side.

Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Green Beans

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Roasted fingerlings and crunchy green beans get tossed with a zingy dressing in this scrumptious summer side.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs fingerling potatoes, halved
  • 8 oz shallots (about 3 medium), thinly sliced
  • 3 whole garlic cloves, ends trimmed, peels left intact
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 12 oz green beans, ends trimmed
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 2 Tbsp chives, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • ½ cup creme fraiche
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss the potatoes, shallots and garlic with olive oil and spread evenly on a sheet tray lined with nonstick foil. Season well with kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Roast, turning occasionally, until browned and potatoes can be easily pierced with a knife, about 30-40 mins.
  4. While the potatoes are roasting, fill a large saucepan with water and 2 tsps salt and bring to a boil. Add the green beans and blanch until just tender. Drain and then immerse the beans in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. When they're cool, remove the beans and lay them out to dry on paper towels.
  5. When the roasted garlic cloves are cool enough to handle, squeeze the garlic out of the peel. In a small food processor or with a whisk, mix together the roasted garlic, mustard, chive, dill, creme fraiche, salt and pepper.
  6. Toss the potatoes, shallots and green beans with the dressing and serve warm or at room temperature.

Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Green Beans

 

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7 responses to “Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Green Beans”

  1. Ohhh, that looks perfect for a summer picknick!

  2. Love this potato salad Cathy! Fingerlings are a favorite around here! Love that dressing!

  3. Sides can be a tricky one, huh? Looks like those pesky sides have got nothing on you though because this looks wonderful, Cathy! While I am a fan of classic potato salad, I agree – I can’t eat it all the time. Fingerlings happen to be my favorite type of potato and I love fresh green beans, so I adore this fun salad! Honestly I could skip the main dish and just eat a few bowl of this! Pinned! Cheers, friend!

    • Cathy says:

      I could skip the protein too Cheyanne and just have this for dinner. Actually, in the interest of full disclosure, I did just that!

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