What's the Secret to the Best Warm Potato Salad?
Potato salad is a favorite crowd pleaser at gatherings because it is so delicious and affordable. There are as many recipes as there are potato varieties; some have a hint of sweetness with sugar or pickle relish; others are creamy with mayonnaise or sour cream, and other variations can include hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and celery. This simple recipe is a classic French Bistro style using new potatoes and fresh herbs in an oil and vinegar dressing. The secret is to add the vinaigrette when the potatoes are warm to immerse the flavors.
What are the Best Potatoes for a Salad?
Potatoes come in three categories: waxy, starchy, and all-purpose. This recipe calls for waxy potatoes, which are low in starch, have tender skins, and maintain their shape after cooking. Waxy potatoes are generally small and round; they have a firm texture and will hold up when you blend the ingredients. Look for these names at the grocery store or farmer’s market:
What is the Difference Between French Bistro and German Potato Salad?
German Potato Salad and French Bistro Warm Potato Salad are similar because they are dressed with oil and vinegar and served warm. Both also use unpeeled new red potatoes. The German potato salad is usually sweetened with sugar, contains bacon bits, and uses bacon grease in the dressing.
How to Keep Potatoes from Getting Mushy
Tips and Tricks
- Wash the potatoes well, cut them into bite-size pieces before steaming, and do not peel.
- Toss the dressing with the potatoes very gently so that they maintain their shape and don’t turn into mashed potatoes.
- Serve it warm or at room temperature. It can stay on the counter for 2 hours, making it great for potlucks.
- If making ahead more than 2 hours, place in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before serving.