Fingerling Potato Salad With Dill And Lemon-Saffron Vinaigrette Recipe

Dec 2, 2013 5:00 pm

French mayonnaise makes for classy spud salad

Photo: Victoria Pearson
Photo: Victoria Pearson
These fingerling potatoes, flavored with saffron and lemon, are ideal to serve alongside fish dishes or at a picnic.

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Modeled after the French mayonnaise mix, this savory Provençal potato dish is welcomed at any picnic.

Reprinted with permission from The Lemonade Cookbook

Servings: 4 cups


2 pounds (about 24) fingerling potatoes, scrubbed
1/4 cup olive oil
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup Lemon-Saffron Vinaigrette (recipe below)
1/2 cup creme fraiche, sour cream or plain non-fat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh dill
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
Lemon-Saffron Vinaigrette
large pinch of saffron threads
2 tablespoons hot water
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
juice of 1 lemon, plus more if needed
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
For the potatoes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Put the fingerling potatoes on a large baking pan, drizzle with the oil, toss to coat and spread out in a single layer. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast, shaking the pan from time to time, until they are golden on the outside and tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Set the roasted potatoes aside to cool. The potatoes can easily be prepared in advance, covered, and refrigerated.
  4. Slice the fingerling potatoes cross wise into 1/2-inch thick pieces and put into a mixing bowl. Add the vinaigrette, crème fraîche, dill and shallot.
  5. Toss to evenly combine the ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Serve room temperature, chilled or warm.

For the vinaigrette:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the saffron with hot water. Stir to combine. Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes to bleed out the saffron’s yellow color.

  2. In a blender, combine the egg yolk, mustard, lemon, turmeric, saffron (along with the water), salt and pepper. Blend on medium speed for a few seconds, and then reduce the speed to low. With the motor running, slowly add the oil until emulsified. Stir in 1 tablespoon of water or lemon juice to thin out if needed.

  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Keep any leftover vinaigrette covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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