Rss Feed Tweeter button Facebook button Technorati button Reddit button Myspace button Linkedin button Webonews button Delicious button Digg button Flickr button Stumbleupon button Newsvine button Youtube button

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Summer Italian Basil Potato Salad

Salad Dressing:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese grated (about 3 oz)
  • 4 to 6 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Potato Salad:

  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds white or yukon potatoes (5 large or 8 to 9 medium)
  • 1 small bulb fennel, cored, thinly sliced and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • Pine nuts or chopped walnuts for garnish (optional)

For the dressing: Using a food processor, combine the first 6 ingredients (basil through black pepper); pulse to finely chop. With the processor on, drizzle in the olive oil to make a creamy sauce. Alternatively, combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Set dressing aside.

Cook potatoes first: Over high heat, bring a large pot of water (salted with 1 tablespoon coarse salt, if desired) to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes (do not peel potatoes). Drop potatoes into the boiling water and cook, loosely covered, for 6 minutes, until a knife can pierce the potato easily but cubes are still firm. Drain potatoes and place them back in the pot.

Using a wooden spoon, gently stir in the basil dressing. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, olives and chopped fennel.

Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with pine nuts or chopped walnuts, if desired. For a nice presentation, serve the salad in ‘cups’ made from radicchio leaves.

Makes sixteen 1/2-cup servings (about 8 cups of salad).
Recipe Source: from Idaho Potato Commission.

Italian food, gourmet food, Italian recipes

Technorati Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Copyright © 2014 All rights reserved.