Grilled Potato Salad with Scallion Vinaigrette

PREP TIME:        15 Minutes
COOKING TIME: 20 Minutes
TOTAL TIME:       35 MIN
YIELDS 6 Servings

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes
Kosher salt
10 scallions, trimmed
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Ground black pepper
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Piment d’Espelette (see Note)
1 small jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced

 
Preparation:

  1. In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and simmer over moderate heat until just tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, then halve lengthwise.
  2. Meanwhile, light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the scallions with oil and season with salt and black pepper. Grill over high heat, turning, until lightly charred, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate, cover with plastic wrap and let steam for 10 minutes. Cut the scallions into 1-inch lengths.
  3. Brush the potatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill cut side down over high heat until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the 1/3 cup of olive oil with the vinegar and lemon juice. Add the scallions and potatoes and toss well. Season with salt and piment d’Espelette and toss again. Scatter the jalapeño slices on top, garnish with a large pinch of piment d’Espelette and serve warm or at room temperature.

 

NOTE:

Piment d’Espelette, a mildly spicy ground red pepper from the Basque region of France, and  is available at specialty food shops, Amazon.com, and other and online shops.
piment d espelette

                                         Photo Credit: Lydia Walshin The Perfect Pantry®, 2006.

 If you are having difficulty finding piment de’ Espelette,   you can  use Pimentón de la Vera hot paprika, or red chile powder, or a combination of the hot paprika and red chile powder with a bit of pimentón mixed in, as a substitute. Pimentón can also be found online at Amazon.com and Sur la Table (www.surlatable.com) .

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                                      Photo Credit: Lydia Walshin The Perfect Pantry®, 2006.

 

 

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