I was finally recovering from a long bout of flu and was in the mood to cook. My P.S. was more in the mood to grill. He wanted hot dogs. I love hot dogs so I was in. I also could finally make the warm potato salad recipe I’d been eyeing for awhile. It had honey and Dijon and red onion and green onion and sounded like it would be an outstanding mouthful of flavor. Dinner time!
I scrubbed up the red potatoes and cut them into chunks. I weighed the potatoes to make sure I had exactly 3 pounds. I wanted to make sure I had the right proportions of potatoes and dressing. Plus although I can eyeball a teaspoon and a tablespoon, I have no idea what a pound or three of potatoes looks like!
I boiled the potatoes in a pot of salted water until they were just fork tender. Salt the water well, for best results I use about a teaspoon.
I drained the potatoes and spread them on a sheet pan to dry. I’m pretty sure this step is because they’d fall apart if mixed twice to coat with the two steps of dressing while they were still hot.
In a large nonstick skillet I heated the oil, onion and garlic and let it sauté for 2 minutes. I didn’t want the garlic to get too dark, it gets bitter.
Into the skillet I added the potatoes and carefully stirred well to coat.
I measured the remaining dressing ingredients into a small bowl.
I whisked the vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper then poured it over the potatoes in the skillet.
I let the salad cook for a couple of minutes then it was ready to serve, garnished with chopped green onion.
The warm salad was similar to German potato salad. It differed in having the Dijon mustard which added a nice snap of flavor. I almost expected to have bits of bacon in each mouthful, as there is in my German potato salad. I might add a handful of fried bacon bits next time. I think bacon would work in the flavor profile of this salad!
We enjoyed the salad with our fried chicken. I forgot to mention after a trip to the grocery store my P.S. brought home deli fried chicken, having decided it was too windy to grill the hot dogs. The leftover potato salad was also good reheated in the microwave several days later when we did actually grill the hot dogs. This salad was simple, fairly fast, and totally satisfying!
Warm Honey Dijon Potato Salad
A warm side salad similar to German potato salad with snappy sweet and sour flavors
- 3 lbs potatoes; cut in 1 1/2″ chunks (I actually weighed them to get 3 pounds)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion (I used a yellow onion)
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup whole grain Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons honey (or more to taste)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons chives or green onions; finely chopped for garnish
Drain and let the potatoes cool slightly in a single layer on a cookie sheet. The potatoes will fall apart if they’re mixed with the dressing while hot.
To a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil, onion and garlic.
Sauté together for only minute or two before adding the potatoes and tossing together for a couple of minutes.
Mix together the cider vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper.
Pour the mixture over the potatoes in the skillet and toss together well, cooking for only two or three minutes until the potatoes are well coated.
Before serving, toss in the fresh chives or green onions.
Adapted from Rock Recipes