My Favorite Roasted Potato Salad

My Favorite Roasted Potato Salad

“Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” – Ovid

 

Roasted Potato Salad is next level potato salad. The potatoes are roasted prior to combining all the ingredients and what you get is flavor-loaded goodness in every single bite. Once you try this roasted version, regular ole potato salad will pale in comparison! Looking for more great potluck options? Try my Bacon Chicken Bites or Macaroni Salad!

 

What is Roasted Potato Salad?

Simply put, the potatoes are cubed, seasoned, and roasted prior to assembling. This means that every single bite of potato is loaded with amazing flavor. It’s not too soupy, it’s not bland, and it’s not dependant on temperature for serving… hot or cold, it’s amazing.

 

Roasting vs Boiling

I served this recipe to friends at a BBQ recently and even though the guests loved it, one friend explained that she hates turning on her oven in the summer. I totally understand that, but when it comes to potato salad, you are going to heat up your kitchen no matter what. I have stood over plenty of pots of boiling water and know how quickly the steam can warm a space.

Once you try this roasted version of potato salad, you will know that it’s absolutely worth it to turn on the oven

 

How To Roast Potatoes

The potatoes are the star of the show in this recipe. But there are a few tricks to making sure the final product is perfection.

Use a smaller potato-like baby reds or fingerlings. Take a few minutes to make sure the cubes are consistent in size. When roasting the potatoes you want them to bake evenly, making sure there are not underdone or overdone pieces. When they are all the same size, they will all get perfectly crispy.
Cube the potato into 1-inch pieces. I have made this salad for several years now and often try new variations to see if I can make it prettier or taste better. For instance, I tried roasted potato wedges. While I thought these looked the best (people do eat with their eyes first!), the larger cuts of potatoes meant that there was a lower seasoning to potato ratio.
Make sure the potatoes are dry before adding the olive oil and seasoning. Now, my grandma is a huge fan of washing potatoes after they have been chopped and letting them sit in a cold water bath. I do not wash the potatoes for this salad. (Edited to add, I do not wash the potatoes AGAIN after I have cut them. I do wash before cutting.) I want a super crispy outer edge with a soft interior.
Prepare your pan. We often use aluminum foil to completely cover the pan (easier clean up), but you can also use parchment paper or Silpat. I often add a teaspoon of oil to the pan and rub it evenly over the foil with my hand in an attempt to keep the potatoes from sticking. You can also use non-spray or nothing at all.
Don’t crowd the pan. A nice, even layer of potatoes that aren’t too close together is key. You want the beautiful crispy deliciousness on every side.
Don’t skimp on the seasonings. I opted for salt, pepper, and season salt. After many years of trial and error; using garlic salt, cayenne, red pepper flakes, onion powder, turmeric, ground mustard… you name it!… the final result was that less is more. Roasted potatoes come alive with olive oil, salt, and pepper! There is mustard, onion, dill, and bacon in this recipe and you want to taste all of those ingredients, not have them be a secondary flavor.
Don’t turn them too much. I usually flip the potatoes once during roasting, making sure that one side is completely crispy before doing so. The overall baking time is anywhere from 30-45 minutes and will vary from oven to oven. I keep an eye on them after the flipping because while crispy is the goal, burnt is not.

 

What is in Roasted Potato Salad?

The ingredients in this potato salad are each important and add to the fantastic end product.

Potatoes – Roasted to perfection and added to the other ingredients when warm.
Bacon – We prefer crispy bacon. I bake it in the oven for 18-22 minutes at 415°F. I don’t recommend chewy bacon in this recipe.
Eggs – Hard boiled of course. I prefer to cut the eggs into 4 wedges. I like a big bite of the egg as the soft texture and mild flavor really compliment the well-seasoned potatoes. You can certainly cut the eggs smaller if that is your preference.
Red Onion – While I love adding red onion and recommend it, I have also used shallots and green onion. You want to use an onion that can hold it’s own, that offers texture as well as beauty to the final product. A small dice is my preference, my husband sometimes slices the onion and separates it into individual curved pieces.
Mayonnaise – Basic is best. No fancy flavors, variations, or substitutions needed for the mayo. Side note: I did not like Greek Yogurt in this recipe… it doesn’t work as well as mayo when combined with the warm potatoes.
Mustard – Plain old yellow mustard. If you only have dried mustard on hand, you can use it but the recipe will change a bit. Generally speaking, 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard equals 1 teaspoon of dried mustard. However, because yellow mustard has other ingredients like vinegar, turmeric, paprika, salt, and garlic, you will need to add extra liquid to this recipe. If you use 1 teaspoon of dried mustard in place of the yellow, also add 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar.
Dill – Dried dill is what the recipe calls for. You can certainly use fresh if it is what you have. The substitution is easy, one tablespoon of fresh equals one teaspoon of dried. I used 1/4 teaspoon of dried dill weed in this recipe so you would use 1 teaspoon of fresh dill weed. (Not dill seed.)
Salt & Pepper – We love salt & pepper and use it liberally in cooking. But you will want to add salt & pepper to taste. If you want less salt, feel free to add everything but the salt, mix the ingredients and then taste test.
Parsley – This is just for color and totally optional. I just love a fresh pop of green on this potato salad!

 

Bring it All Together

I mentioned that I like to assemble this potato salad when the potatoes are warm. The reason for this is that the mayo and seasoning infuse into the potatoes and create magic as you’ve never experienced in a potato salad before. However, if I am serving this to a big group I will sometimes make the potatoes, bacon, and hard boil the eggs the day before and then heat the potatoes and bacon a bit right before assembling.

Once you a ready just stir everything together and serve! This does not need to be refrigerated before serving, but you can absolutely make it the day before and serve it cold. If you are serving it cold, be sure to keep it cool.

 

How to Keep Potato Salad Cool Outside

Set the bowl on a bed of ice. Simply add a couple of ice cubes to a larger bowl and place your smaller serving bowl inside.

 

INGREDIENTS

POTATOES
  • 3 pounds red potatoes cut into small cubes
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Lawry’s season salt, see notes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
SALAD
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 8 pieces bacon, cooked and diced
  • 6 large eggs, hard boiled to the doneness you prefer
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS

POTATOES
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare a sheet pan by lining with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place cubed potatoes on a baking pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and season salt. Drizzle olive oil over top and then use your hands to toss the potatoes, making sure every single piece is coated.
  3. Bake, uncovered, for 30-45 minutes, or until the potatoes are crispy. Turn once half-way through baking.
  4. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before adding to the salad.
SALAD
  1. In a large bowl, add potatoes, onion, bacon, eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, dill weed, and salt & pepper. (You can reserve 1-2 eggs to set on top instead of mixing in.)
  2. Using a spatula, gently stir the ingredients until fully combined and every potato is covered.
  3. Can be served warm or refrigerated until ready to serve. If refrigerating, place in an airtight container.
  4. Optional: Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

 

 

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Tomato Salad With Bacon Vinaigrette

Tomato Salad With Bacon Vinaigrette

Everyone will be eating their vegetables thanks to this stunning salad.

This bright and beautiful salad is filled with flavor, thanks to fresh heirloom tomatoes and a homemade bacon vinaigrette.

 

YIELDS:8 servings                  TOTAL TIME: hours 15 mins

 

INGREDIENTS

4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
3 tbsp.  sherry vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. Heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 oz. blue cheese, crumbled

Fresh chives, chopped

 

DIRECTIONS
  1. Cook bacon in a medium skillet on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 mins. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon; pour off all but 2 Tbsp. grease. Add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Add sherry vinegar and Dijon mustard; cook, scraping up any brown bits, until incorporated, 1 minute. Remove from heat; whisk in olive oil. Arrange tomatoes on a platter and drizzle with vinaigrette. Top with bacon, blue cheese, and chives.

 

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Christmas Tree Antipasto Salad

Christmas Tree Antipasto Salad

This cheery holiday salad is a fun (and delicious!) decorating idea for a party. A trio of lettuces create the evergreen tree, and items from the deli counter and salad bar become an edible garland. 

Level: Easy

Total: 45 min

Active: 45 min

Yield: 8 servings

 
 

Ingredients

Salad:

5 ounces baby arugula (about 8 cups)

5 ounces baby kale (about 8 cups)  

2 Persian cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced into half moons

3 heads little gem lettuce, bases trimmed and leaves separated, or the inner leaves of Bibb lettuce

1/4 pound thinly sliced Genoa salami

Three 1/4-inch-thick slices provolone (about 6 ounces)

1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto 

1 cup cheese-stuffed small sweet piquante peppers, such as peppadews 

1/2 cup jarred small whole artichoke hearts (about 8)

1/2 cup green castelvetrano olives

1/2 cup kalamata olives

1/2 cup small whole pepperoncini

6 radishes, tops trimmed

1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans

One 4-ounce goat cheese log

8 ounces ciliegine mozzarella (small balls of mozzarella), halved

 

White Balsamic Vinaigrette:

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions:


  1. Special equipment:

     1-inch, 1 1/2-inch and 3 1/2-inch star cutters; a bar citrus zester

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  4. 1. For the salad: Combine the baby arugula and kale in a large bowl. Arrange the leaves on a very large platter or cutting board in a Christmas tree shape that measures 16 to 18 inches tall, reserving a handful of greens. The platter should be large enough to accommodate a star on top and a trunk on the bottom. Scatter half of the sliced cucumbers over the tree. Arrange a layer of little gem lettuce leaves to create 4 tiers on the tree; use the small inner leaves for the fourth layer at the top of the tree.
  5. 2. Stack the sliced salami and cut out a large star using a 3 1/2-inch star cutter; reserve the scraps. Using the same cutter, cut out 2 stars from 2 slices of the provolone; reserve the scraps. Make a layered meat-and-cheese stack starting with half the salami stars, topped with a provolone star, the rest of the salami, and the second provolone star. Place the star at the top of the tree. 
  6. 3. Cut out smaller stars from the provolone scraps and the remaining provolone slice using 1-inch and 1 1/2-inch cutters. Roll up the salami scraps and prosciutto slices into flowers. Arrange the cheese stars, meat flowers, stuffed peppadews, artichoke hearts, both kinds of olives and pepperoncini on the lettuce to form a garland that zig-zags up the tree from the bottom right to the upper left. 
  7. 4. Using a bar citrus zester, zest a channel along the equator of each radish so it resembles a tree ornament. Halve each radish vertically and add the pieces to the garland. Scatter the remaining cucumber slices on the leafy parts of the tree and use the reserved greens to fill any gaps in the tree.
  8. 5. Put the nuts on a small plate and roll the goat cheese in them to fully coat. Place the log at the bottom of the tree to form the trunk. Decorate the ground under the tree with the ciliegine mozzarella balls for snow.
  9. 6. For the white balsamic vinaigrette: Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper in a small bowl until well combined. Serve on the side.

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Roast grouse with blackcurrant & beetroot sauce

Roast grouse with blackcurrant & beetroot sauce

PREP: 40 MINS
COOK: 1 HR40 MINS
MORE EFFORT
SERVES 4

Available from August, this game bird is best served with a fresh, full-flavoured fruit sauce and a dash of whisky to boot

Ingredients

 

4 young grouse, legs removed and reserved

50g unsalted butter

4 thyme sprigs

1 large or 2 small shallots, finely chopped

4 slices pancetta

4 slices white country bread, buttered

buttered spinach, to serve (optional)

For the sauce

1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp sunflower oil
8 grouse
legs (see above)
1 shallot, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 thyme sprig
2 tbsp whisky
600ml chicken stock
1 tbsp redcurrant jelly
50g blackcurrant, topped and tailed
50g cooked beetroot, coarsely grated
1 tbsp crème de cassis

Method

1. First make the stock for the sauce: place a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. When it is hot, melt the butter with the sunflower oil. Add the grouse legs and brown in the pan for 4-5 mins, turning regularly. Add the shallot, bay leaf, thyme and whisky, and reduce the heat. Allow any liquid to evaporate, then add the chicken stock. Press the legs down in the stock so that they are all covered. Reduce the heat to a bare simmer and cook gently for 1 hr.

 

2. Discard the legs. Strain the stock into a clean pan and reduce, over a medium heat, until you have about 300ml. Allow this to cool, then cover and chill if not using immediately. Can be done a day ahead up to this stage. You can finish the sauce once the grouse are cooked.

 

3. Clean the grouse: remove any remaining feathers, and rinse the birds inside and out with cold water. Pat them dry with kitchen paper. Divide the butter between the cavities of the birds, and add to each a thyme sprig and some chopped shallot. Season the birds inside and out, and wrap a slice of pancetta over the top of each bird. The birds are now ready to cook, but can be chilled for several hours if necessary – allow them to come to room temperature before you cook them (this will take 1 hr or so).

 

4. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Place the grouse in a roomy roasting tin and the buttered slices of bread on a baking tray – they will toast at the same time as the grouse cook. To cook the grouse to medium, put in the oven for 18-20 mins. Keep an eye on the toasts and remove them when they are golden brown. The grouse are cooked when the breasts feel firm to the touch. If you have a cooking thermometer, cook them so that the thickest part of the breast, just above the wing, registers 55C.

 

5. Remove the birds from the oven. Place each on a piece of the buttered toast to absorb any juices that drain from the birds. Cover loosely with a piece of foil and leave to rest for 10 mins while you finish the sauce.

 

6. Put the roasting tin on the heat and, when it is warm, add the grouse stock. Let it simmer, scraping the juices from the bottom so that they dissolve in the stock. Add the redcurrant jelly, blackcurrants, beetroot, and finally the cassis. Simmer the sauce for 3-4 mins, then remove from the heat and season to taste. Serve the grouse on heated plates with a little sauce drizzled around, and some buttered spinach, if you like.


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Autumn Cobb Salad

Autumn Cobb Salad

Autumn Cobb Salad

Roasted squash, crunchy apples and dried cherries add seasonal freshness to this autumnal cobb salad, dressed in a spiced apple cider vinaigrette and topped with candied walnuts.

It’s that time of year where I’m either straddling the urge to pull out my chunky sweaters and hunker down with ooey gooey comfort food, or dig in my heels and cling to the straggling bounty of summer and all the freshness it holds.

Your comments, clicks and likes overwhelmingly say you’re in the same camp I am. Long live the salad! So at your request, I present a fall-inspired leafy beauty that will con any non-salad eater into giving the greens a go with the tease of chicken, bacon and eggs and more.

 

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This started out as a simple salad. And then as things tend to go in my world, it quickly escalated to a full blow affair.

Butternut squash? Sure! But let’s add acorn squash too just to be sure.

Crisp apples sliced so thin you can eat 4 or 9 at a time? You bet. But lets add even more bite with crunchy nips of celery ribs. I’ve been consumed with celery lately. I never expected that!

Romaine lettuce as our bed? Sounds good, but let’s pile onto the plushness with arugula and radicchio, too.

Bacon? Eggs? Avocado, chicken and cheese? Of course they’re all there because they’re Cobb classic.

But just for fun let’s toss in some sweetness with dried cherries and candied walnuts. I mean, who doesn’t like a little dessert with their salad?

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About the Recipe

Don’t be afeared of the length of this grocery list. This salad is a true mix and match, making best of what’s in the fridge to pull from the depths of the crisper and moving along accordingly.

Got corn? Zucchini? Pears or peaches? Any of these flavor makers would pair swimmingly with what we have going on here.

I made up for the sheer number of flavors by drizzling this salad with a simple 3-ingredient dressing that just happens to echo my favorite flavor of fall. Spiced apple cider!

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There’s a bit of roasting to do and of course there’s chopping. But really this salad comes together fast.

The most sensitive part of this recipe is when preparing the candied walnuts, and so long as you don’t leave the room to go change the laundry and then get side tracked when you quickly look up to see if Mercury is in retrograde because all of your electronics are going full-on spastic and stroking out, you should be in good shape.

Not that I’d know anything about that. (Sadly, my iMac’s hard drive and I do. Always back up your files people!)

This salad is a meal preppers dream.

Nearly all of the ingredients for this salad can be prepared at once and assembled as your week progresses. Roast your squash and chop your cheese and celery. Hard boiled eggs can be cooked, cooled and peeled. Cook and dice your chicken, fry the bacon and candy that nut. Then simply bag individual portions and toss together with your already chopped and portioned salad greens when ready to eat. The only last minute additions will be slicing your apple and avo.

I originally made this for lunch, and then we had it for dinner too. It’s the salad that just keeps on giving. And man, how I like that.

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If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag me on Instagram or Twitter and Facebook with #savvynana.

 
Autumn Cobb Salad
Roasted squash, crunchy apples and dried cherries add seasonal freshness to traditional Cobb salad ingredients dressed in a spiced apple cider vinaigrette and topped with candied walnuts.
 
 
 
    • 1/2 acorn squash seeded and peeled then cut into 3/4-inch pieces
    • 1/2 small butternut squash seeded and peeled then cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
    • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    • 1 cup walnut halves
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/3 cup spiced apple cider
    • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 6 cups mixed salad greens such as romaine, radicchio and arugula
    • 4 sliced cooked bacon chopped
    • 3 hard boiled eggs sliced
    • 1 baked chicken breast chopped
    • 1 stalk celery chopped
    • 1 avocado peeled and pitted then thinly sliced
    • 1 apple such as Gala or honey crisp cored and thinly sliced
    • 3/4 cup white cheddar cheese chopped
    • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the acorn squash on one side of a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and the butternut squash on the other side of the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil or vegetable oil and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until the squash is tender. Let cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together 1 1/2 tablespoons water and the brown sugar in a non-stick pan and bring to a boil. Cook until the mixture slightly thickens then add the walnuts and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until the sauce reduces and the nuts become fragrant. Transfer to a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle with kosher salt. Separate the nuts with a fork and cool.
  4. In a small jar, combine the vegetable oil, spiced apple cider, Dijon mustard and season with kosher salt and pepper. Shake the jar until well combined and emulsified. Taste for seasoning and add more apple cider to taste.
  5. In a large bowl, add the salad greens. Top with rows of bacon, hard boiled egg, chicken, celery, avocado, apple, cheddar cheese, dried cherries and candied walnuts. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and serve.

 

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