Grilled Sausage, Potato and Green Bean Salad, garden critters

I read in the car…. It’s the only time I really have to read magazines.

The other day, on our way to the canal for a bike ride, I was flipping through the August issue of Cooking Light.

There was a recipe for potato salad with a light vinaigrette that caught my eye. I read the caption about adding mashed potatoes to the dressing to make it creamy,,, Then we arrived at the canal.

We rode for about 3 hours.

During that 3 hours I let my mind wander down whatever path it chooses…. I think of it as random meditation with exercise.

One of the paths it chose was that potato salad (food? no surprise there….).

Because I hadn’t actually looked at the recipe, only the photo, my mind put ham in the salad.

Started to seem like a good idea for dinner – except I didn’t have ham.

I had sausages, though….

Well, I got back to the car, checked the recipe and discovered what I had thought was ham was skin-on, red-skinned potatoes.

It was just potato salad…. Just potatoes….

Oh well…..

Never mind, Cooking Light…..

You gave me the idea…. I’ll take it from here.

Grilled Sausage, Potato and Green Bean Salad

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 4 – 6 sausages, 10oz (300gr) total weight
  • 2 medium potatoes (10oz, 300gr), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 6oz (240gr) green beans, cut into 1 1/2″ lengths
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 3 tbs chopped chives
  • 2 tbs chopped purple basil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Creamy Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs mayonnaise
  • 3 tbs Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbs white Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil

Potato, Sausage and Green Bean Salsd


  • Mix Herbes de Provence, paprika and oil.
  • Add potatoes and stir well to coat.
  • Cook in a pan on the barbecue until brown and tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Cook sausages on the barbecue grill until done. Remove and slice into 1″ lengths.
  • Blanch beans in boiling water for 4 minutes.
  • Drain put in a bowl of cold water. Drain again when cool.
  • Vinaigrette:
  • Combine all ingredient for vinaigrette in a bowl and whisk well.
  • To finish:
  • Combine sausages, potatoes, beans in a bowl.
  • Add dressing and mix well.
  • Stir in chives, basil and serve.

Print Recipe

My long-time readers (and everyone else) may remember that I don’t like spiders.

Okay, I have an irrational fear and am absolutely terrified of them.

Sort of….

If they’re in the house or on me I’m paralyzed with fear.

I can’t even look at a photo of a tarantula (I had a hard time typing the word…. shudder…) Any spider with hairy legs…

Enough – I’m going to have nightmares.


Garden spiders, provided they’re in the garden, don’t bother me.

As long as they’re not on me.

I figure spiders are supposed to be in gardens.

They’re not supposed to be on my shoulder.

Garden spiders tend to be very pretty – bright yellow or green.

This one has been in the same spot in my sage for 3 days.

From leg tip to leg tip it’s about 3 inches.

I didn’t actually get very close to take the photos – I have my limits.

But isn’t it pretty?

I love the way the colors are different on the stomach….

spiderAfter my photo session with the spider, I looked up and saw the walking stick on the wall.

It had been on our bedroom window screen for a day, then, apparently, moved down to the herb garden.

It was about 6 inches long.


Pretty or not…. I think I’ve had enough creepy-crawlies for one day.
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7 thoughts on “Grilled Sausage, Potato and Green Bean Salad, garden critters”

  1. My sister recently made the Cooking Light recipe that you speak of. It was a tremendous hit at our gathering. I like your rendition with the sausage.
    And I do not like spiders ; either on me or in the house and will go to great lengths to avoid both. Great photos!

  2. Kate, I once lacquered one to the wall with hairspray in a hotel room… It worked LOL

    Christine, I’ll have to try it as written… If that’s possible for me. Hate spiders!!!

    Tanna, both are a great time to let the mind wander and stretch.

  3. Please reassure me that you are not driving when you are reading in the car!

    I LOVE green beans in potato salad! What a great idea to add sausage as well.

    I’m so jealous of your stick insect! How cool is that? And I know you hate spiders, but but but, how can you when you have such stunningly beautiful ones in your garden. If we had garden spiders like that, I might be tempted to lure one or two inside. Except the furry black fiend disguised as a cute cat might make mincemeat out of them.

  4. Elizabeth, I wouldn’t dare… they’re very strict here – no phones, no food, no beverages…. I can handle spiders outside – as long as they’re not on me LOL

  5. I am relieved. Wow! That IS strict to disallow food and beverages! Here it is no phones, no texting. But some drivers still phone and text (because their devices have made them brain-free).

    I can handle spiders inside and outside – also as long as they are not on me. Ewwwwww!

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