French Potato Salad

We did something today that we haven't done in ages…. Or ever, actually.

We forced the puppies into the back of the car and went on an outing.

They haven't been in the car since they were spayed last fall….

We want to go visit our friend in Spain, and the puppies get to visit their mom, brother, granny and great-uncle.

They need to get in the car in order for us to do that.

They're still reluctant.

They also need a bit more socialization.  Their world currently consists of about a dozen humans and one other dog.

We should probably expand their horizons.

But maybe not just as Sunday morning church lets out…..

More about that next week.

Today it's about the picnic.

Well, picnics in general. 

The best thing about picnics is the salads

As it's the beginning of summer – and picnic season, here are a few of my favorites:

French Potato Salad  

Preparation and cooking time:   30 minutes
    This is a lightly dressed potato dish, with lots of tarragon and chives. 

 Ingredients:

  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 tbs snipped fresh chives
  • 1 tbs snipped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tbs olive oil – the good stuff
  • 1 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar 
  • 1 tbs beef stock  

French Potato Salad

 Instructions:

  • In a medium bowl whisk olive oil, vinegar and stock. 
  • Add chives and tarragon and let sit to blend flavors while potatoes cook. 
  • Slice the potatoes for salad, in small, bite-size pieces. 
  • Heat a medium saucepan half full of water over medium high heat. 
  • When water is boiling, add potatoes and cook just until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 10 – 12 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and drain well.  
  • Add to dressing and stir gently. 
  • Let rest to absorb flavors, stirring gently occasionally, allowing to cool. Serve.

Italian Picnic Pasta Salad  This is the first pasta salad I ever made, way back in the beginning of time, and it's still my favorite.

Italian Pasta Salad

Brown Rice Pilaf Salad    First make the Pilaf with any rice you like…. Double the recipe and use half or the salad.

Rice Pilaf Salad

Quinoa Pilaf and Lentil Salad    The same works with the Quinoa Salad – it's summer, cook once; eat twice!

Quinoa Lentil Salad

Polenta Salad   Similar to an Italian Bread Salad but made with cooled polenta, cut into cubes.

Polenta Salad

Tangy Coleslaw   A great cabbage salad made with a zesty dressing – no mayonnaise or dairy, so it travels and keeps well.

Tangy Coleslaw

Three Bean Salad

   Based on the classic, old-fashioned version, but updated a bit.

Three Bean Salad

Go forth and Picnic!

7 thoughts on “French Potato Salad”

  1. Good idea to get the puppies used to riding in the car, and to new people. I can just imagine you driving along with one big head out the left hand window and the other big head out the right. 🙂

  2. Tanna, I transplanted my tarragon, and am hoping it survives. It’s hard to find the real French tarragon, so much is the Russian, not as much flavor
    Val, lots of picnics – it’s summer!
    manningroad, thanks ;-))
    Zoomie, we want to go to Spain in a few weeks – practice!
    Gilli, oh, I know all about that – can’t type for anything… and yes, the stock adds lots of flavors.

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