Italian Potato Salad

Some of us cannot wait until Summertime, especially for those that live in the great white north, to get some of those great salads onto the table. We are one of those families. I think we are now starting to get the “itch” for some of those great picnic salads that just go great with warmer weather, and better yet, some food on the grill.  Well, I could not wait any longer. I needed a potato salad for a recent gathering, and wanted something that would tease the palette and remind us all of Summertime.

Italian Potato Salad Recipe

I really do love a nice potato salad, and one of my favorites could possibly be the steakhouse potato salad, but there are plenty of times where I am turned off by the amount of mayonnaise that is put into a potato salad. You know what I am talking about. Those salads that appear to be drenched in mayonnaise, and there is something about them, that can easily turn someone off on the idea of having another bite. Don’t get me wrong, I like mayonnaise, but only when mayonnaise is used in moderation.

So when I began to think about summer time salads, I thought of nice, fresh salads, something on the lighter side, and as a recent dinner party was themed around Italian-style, I thought along those same lines. This salad, as good as it was in the late winter, will be perfect for a barbecue get together.

Ingredients:

  • 7 red potatoes, cleaned, skin on, quartered
  • 1 large roma tomato, cored, and chopped
  • 14 oz can of artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup of Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup of green beans, rough chop
  • 1 small shallot, minced

This salad goes really quickly, and is a hearty and flavorful one. You can let it rest in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving to enhance the flavors.  Begin by add water to large pot. Add in your quartered potatoes and bring the temperature on high, bringing to a boil, and cooking until the potatoes are fork tender; roughly 15-20 minutes.

During this time, prepare the other items. Once the potatoes are cooked, let them cool to room temperature. To a large bowl, add the potatoes, and the remaining ingredients. Lightly toss to incorporate all of the ingredients. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly with salt and pepper.

This goes great with grilled meat. Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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