Potato Salad, Balsamic Dressing; I won

Not all potato salads need a creamy dressing.

Sometimes, a simple vinaigrette is best.

There is a French potato salad that we love using fresh tarragon and a tarragon wine vinegar. It’s light and fresh and particularly good with the early tarragon in May.

Balsamic vinegar gives a slightly more assertive flavor to the potatoes.

My mother would be appalled. She didn’t even approve of the ‘cooked’ potato salad dressings that her neighbors made.

It was Miracle Whip or nothing.

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Potato Salad, Balsamic Dressing

This is an easy potato salad made with a simple Balsamic vinaigrette. Without mayo or eggs it’s well suited for picnics – or anytime.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Potatoes
  • Cuisine: International


  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tbs salad olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs salad olive oil 


  • Heat a medium saucepan half full of water over medium high heat.
  • Add salt to water.
  • When water is boiling, add potatoes, partially cover and cook just until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 10 – 12 minutes. 
  • Remove from heat and drain.
  • Immediately add 1 tbs olive oil and stir gently. Allow to cool,
  • Vinaigrette: 
  • Whisk vinegar and mustard together in a bowl large enough for the salad. 
  • Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly until well combined. 
  • Add potatoes, parsley to vinaigrette and stir gently. Serve.


The olive oil soaks into the hot potatoes, enhance the flavor and allowing the salad to be finished later. I add salt to the cooking water, rather than the finished salad

Keywords: potato salad, balsamic vinaigrette

Potato Salad, Balsamic Dressing

Mon mari’s computer and I have been fighting for 3 days.

I finally one.

Lest I bore the world to tears I will give the Cliff Notes version… (do Cliff Notes still exist?)

His hard drive was full. I got an external hard drive to relieve the pressure.

Easy peasy.

I moved (properly) the documents, photos, music, etc to the external drive.

Everything worked…. Except the back-ups.

Upon further investigation I discovered that no files at all could be moved or copied anywhere.

I was told that they were no longer ‘on Computer’.

I could see them. I could open them. I could update them, but I could not copy, move or back them up because they were not on the computer.

I did a million searches; I tried a million fixes; i rebooted a million times.

I worked on it for a million hours. I created new files – no problems creating them but the same problems once they were created.

Finally, in a fit of whimsy, I unplugged every USB cable and rotated them one slot.

It worked.

I won the fight.

Everything is fine – or will be once I undo all the fixes but I kept notes.

I can’t decide if I should do the happy dance or throw the entire computer on the burn pile and light a match.

For now I’ll have a glass of wine.

6 thoughts on “Potato Salad, Balsamic Dressing; I won”

  1. I feel you reading about your fight with the computer. After several stressful and unsuccessful attempts to upgrade or change anything to do with our computer, we have given up doing it ourselves. It never goes smoothly. Now we just take it to the Mac store and have them do it. Kudos to you for your persistence and victory!

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