Potato Salad with Garlicky Herb Dressing


With the fourth of July celebrations coming up in the states, I starting thinking about which of my recipes would be best to suggest for an outdoor barbecue - and this dish sprang to mind - so easy to make, it transports well, and its also absolutely delicious. I have always been partial to potato salad, even though it has a bit of a retro vibe - and this one is my favourite. The dressing has a good hit of garlic, a zing of lemon and lots of herby freshness. The best bit though is the vinegary capers and gherkins with the seedy mustard, making it the perfect potato salad to have with barbecued German sausages and good bread. I made it a while back to take to my son's school triathlon and when the parents went to find it, the boys had almost finished it - perfect. 

1 cup good quality mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp seed mustard
grated zest of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp chopped capers
2 tbsp chopped baby gherkins
1 tbsp chopped chives
1 tbsp chopped dill
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1.5 kilos new potatoes, scrubbed
2 tsp salt

To serve:
2 cups watercress
1 small or 1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced

To garnish:
1 tbsp chopped chives
1 tbsp capers
2 tbsp baby gherkins
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put mayonnaise and sour cream in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Stir through all of the remaining dressing ingredients and check for seasoning.

Put the potatoes in a big pot and cover with water and add salt. Bring to the boil, then simmer until potatoes are just cooked, about 20 minutes. You want them to still have a firmish texture, not be soft or flaky. Drain and immediately put in a container and mix through half of the dressing so that the garlicky lemon flavours infuse into the potatoes. Cool in the fridge. To serve layer through the watercress and onion as you transfer to a serving bowl. Pour over the remaining dressing and garish with dill, chives, and baby gherkins and finish off with a sprinkle of sea salt and a good grinding of black pepper. This salad is delicious with any barbecue, and extra good with some German sausages, good quality bread and some lovely seed mustard. Serves 8


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  2. the addition of watercress, gherkins, and capers makes this so very, very special. love love love :-)