Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cilantro Lime Potato Salad

Cilantro and lime are two flavors that I love together. The combination tastes like summer, and it is a light way to flavor food. This original recipe from Beantown Baker called for lemon and cilantro. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I was going to make it with lime. I brought this to a cookout with friends and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Potato salad with mayonnaise is not really my thing, so I much prefer something like this!

You will need:
*2 lb Red Bliss potatoes, scrubbed
*Kosher salt
*1/2 cup olive oil
*1/2 tsp finely grated lime zest
*lime (I used juice from almost all of it)
*freshly ground black pepper
*1/2 cup lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro
*2 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced, or 1 shallot, minced (omitted)

1) Put the potatoes in a large pot of 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).

2)Drain and let cool slightly. While the potatoes are still warm, slice them about 1/4 inch thick. You do not need to peel.

3) Put half of the potatoes in a large serving bowl. In a small bowl, combine the oil, lime 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.

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

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