Grilled Potato Salad; the harvest and the debate

The debate (with myself) about using this nutrition calculator rages on.

My latest thoughts, after reading the comments and pondering while hoeing, is that this blog is not a nutrition blog or a diet blog or a weight loss blog.

It’s a healthy eating blog with easy to prepare recipes using fresh seasonal ingredients for people who are (at least, somewhat) knowledgeable about food.

For the most part, I think my readers are like me…. I look at a recipe, decide if it suits my personal code of ‘healthy’, modify it as needed and go.

I don’t necessarily modify it to be lower in calories or lower in fat. I may modify it to use a healthier fat and more nutritious, yet more caloric, grain.

I’m doing one more recipe before I make my decision…. Any input will be appreciated.

Grilled Potato Salad

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 10oz (300gr) potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium, fresh onion
  • 6 small, fresh shallots
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbs olive oil

Grilled Potato Salad


  • Put vinegar, mustard and oil into a bowl and mix well.
  • Add potatoes, onion, shallots and stir well to coat.
  • Put into a grill pan and start over direct heat for about 10 minutes, stirring.
  • Move to indirect heat for 10 – 15 minutes, or until vegetables are well browned and tender.
  • Serve.

Remember how, just a few short weeks ago I was complaining about my garden doing nothing?  Nothing was growing, even the cool and damp loving lettuce was stagnant.

Well, the heat came last week and everything exploded.

Now I can complain about all the work I have to do harvesting.

Today I pulled the shallots.

shallotsAnd then I pulled the rest of the shallots.

I can’t leave them too close to the edge of the table.  Shallots are food, after all, and my two dogs will eat anything that can be classified as food. God help me if they decide they like shallots.

moreshallotsAfter the shallots have had a week or so to dry I’ll braid them for storage (she says as if she knows what she’s talking about….)

Then I’ll pull the onions.

I planted them because we like to cook them on the grill in the summer.

I planted so many because some bright spark told me they would keep the bunnies out.

They don’t.

I lined the entire perimeter of the potagar with onions and shallots.

Our bunnies apparently like onions and shallots.

The little wood fence that mon mari added to the base of the chicken wire does keep them out, though.

In addition to the shallots I made my first batch of plum jam this weekend.

Plums, you may or may not realize, are also classified as food.

When we go for our walks the dogs run from plum tree to plum tree scarfing up all the fallen treats.

I’ve even seen Guapa standing on her hind legs, plucking them from the tree.

They eat the entire thing, stone and all.

Makes my morning chore of cleaning up the doggie messes in the front garden very interesting

If you want nutrition information, try this site: Calorie Count

5 thoughts on “Grilled Potato Salad; the harvest and the debate”

  1. Scandal! Are you using your husband’s tool chest to lay out shallots??

    I don’t know about the nutrition calculations; so I didn’t comment on the last post. These days, in my country, if I’m buying it fresh and with reasonable expectation that it’s GMO-free and hormone-free, I’m kind of OK with ignoring calories. At my age I should have a certain sensibility towards not consuming too much of even healthy food.

    And I always cook with butter. Though that’s taboo for a lot of people here, I think that you need less volume of good-tasting food than you do for McDo.

    Yet butter is the nuclear option for upping caloric intake.

  2. Katie – I like your version of a healthy eating blog with easy to prepare foods that are seasonal…it says it all. I envy you your shallots..I love cooking with shallots as much as I love garlic – nothing better!

  3. Katie, as far as I am concerned, the nutritional values do not add anything. I like your recipes because you use fresh, seasonal produce and don’t add lots of cream and unnecessary fats and oils. If you don’t stick to the exact ingredients and portion size, they don’t mean anything. Your recipes lend themselves to being adapted to what is currently in the fridge and pantry.
    If you think that plums make clearing up after your dogs interesting – you should try pawpaw skins and seeds and vast quantities of ripe mulberries. Thank goodness dogs can’t fly! Our last Pointer used to climb the woodpile to get to the plums and windfall mulberries were no good either. She used to pick them from the lower branches in the same way she harvested the cherry tomatoes.

  4. Dan, I plant, weed, water, hoe, harvest…. He eats. I lay the shallots anywhere I want to. LOL He set up a drying table for me the next morning. I use butter, olive oil, duck fat… the only thing I never touch is margarine. I like McDo – just always feel awful after I indulge so it’s very rarely.

    Ina, I love shallots to – I always use them when a recipe calls for pearl onions – those little onions are so hard to peel 😉

    Thanks, Gill – very kind of you to say. I try to make things that are easily prepared – even if you have to substitute most of it LOL I guess I do write recipes to give cooks ideas. If my dogs could get into the vegetable garden I would have nothing…. so far the shallots are safe.

    Phoenicia, they’re so easy to grow – just poke them in the ground. Next time you have one that’s sprouting, plant it.

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