Lemon Cilantro Potato Salad

As I mentioned the other day, spring is right around the corner which makes me want to start using spring ingredients. There’s something about lemons that just make me feel like it’s spring out. This potato salad is great because it doesn’t have mayonaise in it! And it’s served warm. It’s a very memorable potato salad and would be perfect for Easter dinner.

The recipe comes from Hubby’s mom’s friend (I’m sure she found it in a magazine or online, but it was emailed to me by Hubby’s mom who got it from her). Hubby laughed because he was telling me something the other day about said friend of his mothers. He was asking me if I remember her. I said yea, I remember her, she’s the one who makes the potato salad. He laughed and commented that it was very fitting how I remembered her.


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Lemon Cilantro Potato Salad

Yield: 6-10

Ingredients:

2 lb (6 to 8 medium) Red Bliss potatoes, scrubbed
Kosher salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro
2 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced, or 1 shallot, minced

Directions:

Put the potatoes in a large pot of well-salted water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 25 minutes.

Drain and let cool slightly. While the potatoes are still warm, slice them about 1/4 inch thick (no need to peel).

Put half of the potatoes in a large serving bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon zest, and juice, 1 tsp kosher salt, and several grinds of pepper.

Drizzle half of the dressing over the potatoes. Add the remaining potatoes to the bowl, drizzle on the rest of the dressing, and toss gently with a large spatula to combine well.

Add the cilantro and scallions and toss gently again. Taste and add more salt as needed. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe from Hubby's mom's friend

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12 Responses to “Lemon Cilantro Potato Salad”

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    Kaloula — March 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    That looks really good, a new take on potato salad..can’t wait to try it out!

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    Brisbane Baker — March 31, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Mmm I like potato salad and with coriander yum!

    http://Www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    yumventures — March 31, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Lemon and cilantro are the perfect couple! I love your story — I have a notebook with family recipes in it with names like “Christina’s Dip” or “Mary’s Potato Salad” (yes, I have a potato salad lady too!). I feel that it is only fitting to name the dish after them :)

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    holly2460 — March 31, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    That looks great! We are having the in-laws over Friday night and grilling burgers and I think this will be a perfect side!

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    Nancy — March 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Hubby’s Mom here: for those who don’t like cilantro (and I know, hard to believe there are people who don’t like it), you can substitute basil. This potato salad is really good either way.

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    Cara — March 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    This sounds wonderfully fresh and flavorful. I’m not a big fan of mayonnaise-y potato salad so this sounds great!

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    We Are Not Martha — March 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Oooh potato salad definitely makes me think of warm weather. And even more so with lemon and cilantro! Plus, it’s so pretty :)

    Sues

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    abigail — April 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    we made this last night and it was awesome!! will definitely be making it again. so easy and delicious!

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    Sarah — April 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Love your blog!! We made this last night – it was amazing!!! We love potato salad, but never eat it because of how horrible it is for you. This is going to be a summer staple recipe for us. Thanks!!!

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    Marguerite — April 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I’m making this now, but what do I do with the shallot?

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    Jen — April 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Marguerite – If you’re using shallots instead of scallions, just add them in near the end where it says to stir in the scallion.s

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