on potato salad. We want to move into Spring and Summer but the weather’s still holding us back. While a  side of potatoes is comforting we want to shift into salad mode right? Isn’t it about time?  This simplified version of an Everyday Food favorite…Potatoes Vinaigrette…is the perfect simplequietmodern transition salad. Young Yukon Gold potatoes, celery and the simplest Dijon vinaigrette will get you there in no time. Served at room temperature on a cooler day or chilled when the temperatures start to rise and you’ll find that this might just be your new Summer “go to”.

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I’ve done a simple adaptation on the original recipe below by using either new white potatoes or small Yukon Gold, as much celery and celery leaves as I like…and I like alot. My vinaigrette uses only Dijon mustard, general-use olive oil and apple cider vinegar… because that is what I always have in the pantry. http://www.marthastewart.com/315005/potatoes-vinaigrette

 

 

Salad Days

August 7, 2013

It’s my favorite white bean salad 3 ways…a base of cannellini  and garbanzo beans, green pepper, red or green onion, persian cucumbers and radishes in a simple vinaigrette  Simple enough to prepare ahead and it holds well served chilled or at room temperature…just perfect for these hot summer days.

Take it to Greece and add a handful of kalamata olives , a sprinkle of oregano and some cubed feta cheese. Maybe the middle east by adding a touch of sumac to the dressing and some halved grape tomatoes , toasted pita pieces  and some fresh mint to the salad.

 All  contain enough protein and crisp vegetables to be a satisfying  lunch on its own or if it’s time for dinner, any of the three would be perfect along side a platter of grilled lamb chops. Mmm…lamb chops.

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And, not long after that the farm stands will be piled high with the makings for Fresh Corn Salad. In true simplequietmodern  style there are only three ingredients plus a splash of apple cider vinegar and olive oil. You know by now how I love a simple recipe. And, it’s from the Barefoot Contessa herself so there is no need to make any adjustments. Is there anything better in the summer than fresh local corn?frmstnd6F

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You can find Ina Garten’s recipe for Fresh Corn Salad here: http://barefootcontessa.com/recipes.aspx?RecipeID=635&S=0