Friday, June 08, 2007


This is a great variation on the traditional potato salad, which I tend to find alternately delicious and disgusting depending on how much I can ignore the mayo factor and if I can notice any boiled egg pieces in it. Eggs and mayo are generally foul although I can occasionally make an exception for mayo like on the Davanni’s Veggie Hoagie but that is about it. This recipe makes quite a bit of salad, which I like because it gives me lunches for days at work. Feel free to half the recipe.

-2lb small red potatoes
-½ lb fresh green beans cut into 1-inch pieces
-12 artichoke hearts chopped (not marinated)
-2tbsp pitted and chopped kalamata olives (I love these babies but they can easily be omitted if you don’t)
-¼ cup chopped shallots
-1 small clove garlic pressed
-4tbsp olive oil
-4tbsp white wine vinegar
-2tsp fresh thyme chopped
-1tsp fresh rosemary chopped
-2tbsp chopped Italian parsley (but any kind will do)
-Salt and pepper to taste

-Place potatoes in a saucepan cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes about 20 minutes or until very tender, add the beans and cook for about 2 minutes but if you want to add them raw later that is also just fine
-While the potatoes are cooking make your marinade by mixing all the delicious ingredients together
-Add artichoke and olive to potato and green beans, coat with marinade
-Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving

I have been all about making delicious salads lately. It has been so hot and sometimes salad is the only thing I can think to eat. Unfortunately, it means I have to keep going to the grocery store to get fresh ingredients. Blah.

I am real excited for the weekend. Looks like the old gang is going to get together and hit up blues fest. It isn’t that we really like the blues all that much, we just like sitting outside in the sun for no reason. Maybe having some snacks, maybe sneaking some sips, maybe playing some cards. Audra is back in town and she is the best for going to sit outside and do nothing. Everyone else is great too. Just not always up for sitting and doing nothing. Then again, I’m not always up for sitting and doing nothing either. Regardless, I missed her these past few outdoor free stuff seasons. It’s going to be like old times. I might even have some ridiculous ruckus to blog about when Monday rolls around. Oh yeah.

1. I’ll do anything/ For my sweet sixteen/ And I’d do anything/ For little runaway child

2. Though you may not drive/ A great big Cadillac/ Gangsta whitewalls/ TV antennas in the back. Be Thankful, not by Curtis Mayfield or Massive Attack (who is it??). Partly identified by Ern

3. Growing up it was just me and my mom against the world/ And all my sympathies were with her/ When I was a little girl. Angry Anymore, Ani DiFranco. Identified by Brooke.

4. Oh baby baby how was I supposed to know/ That something wasn't right, yeah/ Oh baby baby I shouldn't have let you go/ And now you're out of sight. Baby One More Time, Marilyn Manson (although it easily could have been Travis or Brittney). Identified by Monica

5. When you're down and troubled/ And you need some loving care/ And nothing, nothing is going right. You've Got A Friend. Song identified by Monica and artist correctly identified by Mom, although Monica could have been right too.


Jeff Roberts said...

The salad sounds really good, and this is about the time of year that Dad happens by with bags of lil' red potatoes so I'll have to give it a try!

Blog Antagonist said...

That looks delicious! I'm on a bit of a health kick (hope it's more than a kick, and turns into a permanent lifestyle change) and I've been looking for great summer recipes like this. I'm printing this out for my next trip to the grocery store.

Monica said...

4 hit me baby one more time...knowing you it's by travis but knowing you, it's the britney spears version

5 you've got a friend - james taylor

so my brother made not an egg salad sandwich, not a chicken salad sandwich...but a potato salad sandwich. and he ate three of them.

Johnny Yen said...

Thanks for the recipe! I love potato salad and don't do mayo.

There's an old family recipe I have-- we use vinegar, yellow mustard, onions, hard boiled eggs and bacon. I skip the eggs and substitute turkey bacon. For a veggie like you, maybe you could substitute garbanzos or some other legume.

I also back-engineered a greek potato salad. I think I may post that this weekend.

Mom said...

Update to #5: You've Got a Friend by Carole King. Sure, James Taylor did a well-known cover, but this was Carole King's big hit off her Tapestry album (1971), which also includes King's covers of two songs that she wrote but were made famous by other artists:
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", originally recorded by the Shirelles, and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", originally recorded by Aretha Franklin. (Personally, I still prefer the original versions of these two songs, which were imprinted deep in my soul during childhood, but I also enjoy Carole King's renditions.)

I was a big Carole King fan in the early 70s, until I heard that there were issues surrounding money that should have been paid to Little Eva for the recording of "Locomotion" back in the early 60s. Carole King and then-husband Gerry Goffin wrote the song, and Little Eva, who was their babysitter, sang it.

Yeah, that salad does sound yummy. I need to branch out in my salad-making...

Michael C said...

That would go very well with the steaks I'm preparing tonight! Have a great weekend. It certainly sounds like you will.

Travis said...

I actually like mayo and eggs, but I prefer them in macaroni salad. I'm not a big fan of potato salad, but the recipe you have hear looks like it might be worth a try.

Evil Spock said...

I love mayo!

I do something like the salad that you have, except I use some Italian tuna in olive oil instead of the olives and artichoke hearts. Kinda like a Nicoise Salad.

So did you want to do the linkie exchange?

thethinker said...

Wow. I am so unbelievably hungry right now. Why do you do this to me?

Brooke said...

3. Angry Anymore - Ani. I freaking love this song. Funny story - I put this song on a mix tape I made for my mom back in the day, cause she likes Ani and I thought she could relate to it. She called me crying, thinking I was making some statement against her. I need to keep in mind that my mom's always been a drama queen. This is not a new development.

notfearingchange said...

You can also use lemon juice instead of vinegar...I find mayo on potato salad gross as well.
You can also use that same marinade on 1 can red kidney beans + 1/2 c couscous or millet or quinoa (whatever your pleasure) + corriander (as much as you want to taste) and have your self a yummy salad.

Phil said...

Potato salad is good.

CS said...

That looks easy and delicious - I'm definitely going to try that. YOu know, if you only had marinated artichoke hearts avaiable, you could use their liquid in placeof some of the oil & vinegar. Also, capers might be a good add.

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With Love, Fat Girl said...

I so agree with you! My mother is famous for her potato salad, and there's not a drop of dairy in it. Looking forward to the hot Chicago summer?

Dynamo360 said...

#3 is Ani. I can sing the whole damn song but I have no idea what it's called, lol. :P

Potato salad doesn't need mayo!! Phew I hate mayo but love potatoes. :D

Natalie said...

Jeff- home grown potatoes? That sounds awesome.

BA- I’m trying to be healthier myself. I hope to bring you more as the summer goes on!

Monica- Potato salad sandwich? It might be ok. I almost want to try it. Strangely the version was actually Marilyn Manson. Who knew?

Johnny Yen- That sounds really tasty. I can always substitute some veggie bacon. MMM veggie bacon.

Mom- Yeah you should branch out and then tell me what you make. Thanks for the music lesson.

Michael C- It was good, although not what I had planned.

Travis- I don’t know what it is about eggs that has me so grossed out. I don’t mind eating them as long as I don’t see or taste them.

Spock- Yeah I forgot. I’ll do it today.

Thinker- I was going to suggest you eat something and then remembered your wisdom teeth just came out. Hope you can eat soon!

Brooke- Every story I hear about your Mom lately has me in hysterics. I love that lady.

Not Fearing- Excellent options. Now I can make minor changes and have even more to eat!

Phil- word

CS- I thought about that. It would be easier. I have a hard time with capers, I feel like I tend to add too many and then things get too salty. Any ideas? Probably just add less.

WLFG- I am looking forward to it. I need to buy some more clothes though.