Fingerling Potato Salad

May 12, 2010
Summer is just around the corner, or at least that’s what my calendar keeps telling me. But if you took a trip to my neck of the woods, I’m convinced you would agree with me when I say it feels much more like October than the middle of May. As far as states go, Iowa is the biggest tease of all. Hot, cold, rainy, sunny. Heck, it wouldn’t surprise me if it starting snowing tonight. 
In response to this cold and rainy weather, I’m staging a protest against all things cold weather related (except black tights, which I begrudgingly wore to work today). Instead, I’m filling my kitchen with warm weather foods, like this potato salad, made with all sorts of yummy ingredients like basil, honey mustard, Parmesan, and olive oil.
I love the color contribution the purple fingerling potatoes make to this dish – even if the color has no impact on taste. Though I don’t normally have fingerling potatoes in my kitchen, these little beauties fell into my lap (one of the many perks of my job) and I have been itching for a reason to use them ever since. If you don’t have fingerling potatoes on hand, can’t find them, or don’t want to drop the extra cash to buy them, any small potato would work as a substitute. And since I am not big on drowning summer salads in mayonnaise, I’ve made this potato salad olive oil-based. Perfect for summer barbecues, or rainy May days in Iowa. 

Fingerling Potato Salad

(Printable Recipe)

*1 1/2 lbs. fingerling potatoes, or other small potato variety
*1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
*1 tsp. kosher salt
*1 cup fresh basil leaves
*1 Tbsp. lime juice
*1/3 cup olive oil
*2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
*2 Tbsp. honey mustard
*2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt or mayonnaise
Additional kosher salt and black pepper

*Place potatoes in a large pot with enough salted water to fully cover the potatoes. Bring water to boiling and continue to cook potatoes for 10 to 15 minutes, until fork tender. Transfer potatoes to a strainer and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
*Transfer strained potatoes to a large zip top bag with the cider vinegar and kosher salt. Shake to evenly coat and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to one day.
*Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. In a food processor or blender, combine the basil leaves, lime juice, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, honey mustard, and Greek yogurt or mayonnaise. Process or blend until creamy.
*Place the refrigerated potatoes in the food processor, with the dressing, and pulse until potatoes are coarsely chopped but not blended. Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

Happy Cooking!



  • Reply Anonymous May 13, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Hey Madison! I am technologically challenged. Do you know how I can print your recipes without everything else – just the recipe? I enjoy reading your blog but when I want to try a recipe I end up printing the picture, the blog, and everything else. Thanks. Karen Rau

  • Reply Madison Mayberry May 13, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Karen –

    Thanks for the tip! I am learning new things everyday, and tonight was one of those times. I have adjusted the site so now, right above the recipe, you will find the words (Printable Recipe). Just click on the link and you will be taken to a printable version of just the recipe!

    Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll try to help out.


  • Reply Anonymous May 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you Madison – that wil be perfect!


  • Reply Anonymous May 18, 2010 at 12:53 am

    OK – I made the potato salad and it got a thumbs up from my 17 year old daughter and my 19 year old daughter!


  • Reply Madison Mayberry May 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Yay! That makes me so happy to hear. 🙂 Thanks for the great feedback, Karen!

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