Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Moroccan Potato Salad

I went the entire 4th of July weekend without eating potato salad.  Pasta salad I did enjoy, but potato salad was something I failed to make.  It may sound like a sin to some to not eat it on the day of the summer when it seems the most common.  I bet it is the most common summer picnic salad because have been selling so much of it at my work in the deli lately it is crazy!   So yesterday after not having it on the 4th I was hungry for it, so I decided to make myself some.  It is the peak of potato salad season afterall.  No classic potato  salad for me however, I decided I needed something a little exotic.  So I decided to use a Greek yogurt based dressing and add some moroccan elements to it.  I laced the dressing with tahini and lemon with a bit of cumin and garlic, and sprinkled some toasted sesame seeds and smoked paprika.  For veggies I roasted some garlic scapes and asparagus I had in my fridge and added it to the potatoes along with some kalamata olives.  It was delicious!  I think I might even like this version better than the classic!  So...who cares if I didn't eat potato salad 4th of July weekend.  This more than made up for it! 

Moroccan Potato Salad
Serves 2

1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp tahini
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste

2 cups asparagus cut into 2 inch pieces
1 cup garlic scapes cut into 2 inch pieces
2 cups baby potatoes, halved, or quartered
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1/2 cup halved kalamata olives
1/4 cup fresh mint, cut into chiffonade
4 hardboiled eggs, sliced
mixed greens of your choice (such as arugula, mizuno, dandilion, spinach, watercress)
2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
smoked Spanish paprika

Whisk dressing ingredients together until smooth, and place in the fridge.  Preheat the oven to 475 and line a sheet pan with foil.  Toss asparagus and scapes with just enough olive oil to coat, and spread out on pan.  Roast for about 15-20 minutes until tender then remove from oven and let cool.  In a medium pot, cover potatoes with water and add about 1 tsp salt.  Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes.  Drain and let cool.  In a large bowl, combine roasted veggies, potatoes, shallot, olives, mint, and eggs in a bowl, and toss with dressing until well combined.  Place greens on a plate, and top with salad, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and a little smokey paprika. 


janet@fromcupcakestocaviar said...

Looks yummy Amy! I love the addition of the Tahini and the Greek yogurt. :-) Buzzed!

Now Serving said...

wow that is one luscious potato salad - love to learn new ways of making things! AWESOME, thanks for sharing!

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Hester aka The Chef Doc said...

Yum, Amy ;-) I was at the market on... Saturday, I think, and was waiting forever for a sandwich to be made. As I was waiting, this woman orders four pounds of potato salad! Holy potato!

The Mistress of Spices said...

I've never heard of a Moroccan potato salad, but this sounds great! What are garlic scrapes, by the way? I keep seeing them in many blogs these days but don't think I've ever encountered them in real life!

Amy said...

Garlic Scapes are young garlic that hasn't yet gotten a bulb yet. Really delicious!