In my take on potato salad, mini spuds are roasted at high heat, then tossed in a pleasantly bracing mustard and walnut oil vinaigrette. Filled with plenty of toasted walnuts, fresh basil, and sliced scallions, this potato salad is best eaten at room temperature. I recommend gently smashing some of the potatoes to break their skins—this allows the vinaigrette to better penetrate the starchy goodness. —Shannon
Test Kitchen Notes
WHO: Shannon is a new member of Food52 who is already impressing our community with her recipes.
WHAT: A summertime staple that is no small potatoes (even though it’s made with them).
HOW: While mini spuds roast in a hot oven, whip up a garlicky vinaigrette. Lightly smash the spuds, toss with scallions, walnuts, and basil, then pack it up and head to the park for a picnic.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Put your mayo away. This potato salad -- creamy and sharp thanks to the bashed potatoes and the plentiful mustard -- is light even after being toted around. And we’ll keep this vinaigrette recipe on hand for all of our other summer salads, too. —The Editors
6 to 8
For the salad
mixed marble potatoes, or other small potatoes
walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
basil, leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced crosswise
For the vinaigrette
cloves garlic, peeled
red wine vinegar
roasted walnut oil
extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 425° F and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
Wash and dry potatoes, then spread evenly between baking sheets. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to evenly coat potatoes. Sprinkle with freshly-ground black pepper and sea salt, then roast, shaking the pans occasionally, until potatoes are tender and browning (about 45 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes).
Meanwhile, prepare vinaigrette. Place garlic cloves on a cutting board, sprinkle with a generous couple pinches of sea salt, and chop and mash with the side of your knife until the clove breaks down into a salty paste.
Add garlic paste to a small bowl along with mustards, lemon juice, and vinegar. Whisk to emulsify. Add olive and walnut oils and whisk vigorously to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional sea salt and pepper.
When potatoes are done, transfer to a large bowl. Add scallions and dressing, and toss to coat. Using the back of a mixing spoon or the end of a wooden spatula, roughly smash some of the potatoes to break the skins. You’re not making mashed potatoes, but breaking the potatoes down will allow them to soak up more of the vinaigrette.
Allow dressed potatoes to sit at room temperature for about 45 minutes to one hour. Just before serving, stir in walnuts and basil.