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Three-Color Potato Salad

Updated June 17, 2016
This image courtesy of Miki Duisterhof

Myra grows different types of new potatoes in her garden, and this recipe may be our favorite way to serve them. The salad is a glorious combination of potatoes with green beans, tomatoes, olives, capers, and parsley. It’s a perfect dish to bring to a picnic or potluck.

Serves6 to 8

CostInexpensive

Moderate

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together, Game Day

Recipe CourseSide Dish, Starch, Vegetable

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Halal, Healthy, Kosher, Lactose-free, Low Cholesterol, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureHerby, Light, Salty, Tangy

Type of DishSalad

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds small new potatoes, preferably in assorted colors such as red, purple, and yellow, scrubbed (peeling optional)
  • Salt
  • About 4 cups cold water
  • About 8 ounces fresh green beans or wax beans, or a combination of both, trimmed, blanched, and cut into 1-inch lengths (1 ½ cups)
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 small red onion, halved through the stem end, then sliced crosswise very thin
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • Pinch dried red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Place the potatoes in a large pot, and add 1 tablespoon salt and enough cold water to cover. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 30 minutes, depending on their size.

While the potatoes are cooking, place the green beans, tomatoes, red onion, olives, parsley, capers, and red pepper flakes in a large mixing bowl, and stir gently to combine.

Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano in a small glass jar and seal the lid tightly. Shake the jar vigorously to combine. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste, and set it aside at room temperature.

When the potatoes are tender, drain them immediately, and then let them cool until they can be handled. Cut the potatoes into small pieces, and add them to the bean mixture.

Pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables, and toss gently to coat thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. The salad can be served at room temperature or chilled. (It can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 3 days.)

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Good rec ipe. However, I would cook the green/wax beans until slightly tender but not falling apart. Cooking brings out their natural sweetness and flavor. Raw string beans don't taste very good.

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