Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
Really tasty mustardy flavor. Ina Garten, 2006. Didn't allow for chill time.Update: 12/03/2008 - after much deliberation as to how to do this, I decided to warn those of you who are going to make this recipe - to ignore the 2 teaspoons of salt that the recipe says to add just before you toss the salad; also, I think you should only use 1-1/2 T of salt when boiling the potatoes for the salad. Better to add salt than to have too much! OK Lauralie? :)
- 3 lbs small white potatoes (skins on)
- kosher salt
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1⁄4 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh dill (if using dill, taste your salad for correct seasoning) or 1⁄2 cup chopped parsley (if using dill, taste your salad for correct seasoning)
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
- 1⁄2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Place potatoes and 2 tablespoons of salt in large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are barely tender when pierced with a knife *.(See recipe update introduction.).
- Drain the potatoes (skins on) in a colander, then place the colander with the potatoes over the empty pot and cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel.
- Allow the potatoes to steam for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, dill or parsley, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and a pinch of crushed red pepper, if using.
- Set aside.
- When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in quarters or in half, depending on their size.
- Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, pour enough dressing over them to moisten.
- Add the celery and red onion, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Toss well, cover, and refrigerate a few hours to allow the flavors to blend **.(See recipe update - introduction).
- Serve either cold or at room temperature.
I love this recipe, made it tonight from Ina's cookbook. I use about half the salt in the boiling water that the recipe calls for, and let people add salt if desired afterwards. I also omit the dijon and use all grainy mustard, because we like the texture so much, and use green onions instead of red onions. I love this recipe because it isn't globby and overwhelmed by mayonnaise, and the dill adds a really fresh taste. Thanks for sharing!
Excellent and fairly easy - however I completely agree with the review by Manami to reduce the amount of salt. If you use the salt called for the potato salad is overwhelmingly salty.
I would have enjoyed this potato salad a lot more without the salty flavor. I used about 1 tablespoon of salt in the water to boil the potatoes and the teaspoon of salt in the dressing mixture. If I had added the additional 2 teaspoons of salt when adding the celery and onion we would not have been able to eat the potato salad. Mixed often while in the refrigerator and about 2 days later the dressing flavor came thru without so much of the salty flavor. Loved the grainy mustard and the potatoes with the skin on. Letting the potatoes steam for a 15-20 minutes made them tender and very nice. A very nice salad to serve to company. Made and reviewed for the Celebrity Chef forums Special Ingredient Tag Game.