Friday, June 1, 2012

Lemony potato and pea salad with mint


I threw this potato and pea salad together one night to enjoy with some lamb burgers (topped with grilled eggplant, feta, and yogurt). I wanted something that would compliment the Greek flavors of the burgers and I always love potato salad with burgers, too. I had baby red potatoes on hand and fresh mint growing in my herb garden and after a few minutes of thought, this salad was born. It came together very quickly and easily. The dressing is pretty light compared to many potato salads and it is very flavorful and tasted of spring. It paired very well with the lamb burgers and was good for a snack the next day as well. I made a relatively small batch of this salad, probably enough to serve about four people as a side dish. You can easily double the recipe to make more. 

  
Lemony potato and pea salad with mint
about 1 lb baby red potatoes, quartered 
1 shallot, minced
1/3 cup thawed frozen peas
zest of 1 lemon 
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
about 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
about 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
about 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
about 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon celery seed

Boil the potatoes until fork tender and then drain. Place the shallot and peas in a large bowl.

Meanwhile place the dressing ingredients (lemon zest through salt) in a food processor. Pulse until well-combined. Pour the dressing into the bowl with the shallots and peas.

When the potatoes are cooked and drained, add them to the bowl along with the celery seed and toss well, but gently. Coat in the dressing. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust as needed. If the salad is too dry for you, add more lemon juice or olive oil. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate to serve cold.  


What was I cooking one year ago?: chicken, mango, and cashew stir fry

21 comments:

  1. Your potato and pea salad sounds like a good accompaniment to your lamb burgers. I like the addition of the peas.

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  2. A nice fresh summery potato salad! Potato salad is the perfect picnic food, but it's so heavy and despite Rachel Ray debunking the notion that mayo makes things go bad if left in the sun, it still is nicer to have a less heavy option :)

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  3. looks so delicious, never added peas to a potato salad.

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  4. Looks great, especially with the mint sprigs!

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  5. Your salad just screams of summer and sounds delicious alongside your Greek flavored burgers! Red potatoes are my favorite!

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  6. Love the herbs and minimal mayo in this potato salad. I'm so glad that summer produce is here so salads like this can be at their best!

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  7. Oh, this is the perfect picnic food to pack to the beach or the park in the summer! Looks delicious!

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  8. A wonderful summer salad. Simple, fresh and delicious.

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  9. this looks absolutely delicious! i don't like potato salads that are too mayonnaise-y so this is right up my alley. love the addition of lemon!

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  10. I'm not a huge fans of peas, but it does look yummy!

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  11. What a delicious looking salad. The combination of ingredients sounds fabulous!

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  12. This looks like a great summer side dish. I love red potatoes.

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  13. This salad looks wonderful! I bet the addition of mint is perfect.

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  14. What a gorgeous combination of ingredients... I love the lemon and mint in this.

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  15. I generally shy away from potato salad because of the overdose of mayo it usually contains...but this sounds like it totally has a doable amount. Love how fresh-flavored and herby it is!

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  16. This is a great salad with lots of Spring plus summery colours. It looks very delicious :D

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  17. Nice potato salad Amy, like the idea of lots of mint and parsley, especially with a touch of lemon...very summery :)
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a great week!

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  18. This potato salad has such bright flavors! Will have to make this soon :)

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  19. This looks and sounds awesome! I can't wait to give this a try!

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  20. What a great idea for summer! Looks so refreshing & yummy! I've planted some peas in my veg patch! Will try this out when I harvest my peas! :)

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