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Grilled Fingerling Potato Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

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Serves 6

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 111

Shake up plain potato salad by grilling the potatoes and tossing them in a cream cheese-based, herb-packed dressing.

  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley, chives, mint, or basil (use at least 3)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp. white wine vinegar 
  • 1 Tbs. grainy Dijon mustard
  • 1/2  tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 lb. fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 8 large shallots, peeled and halved
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil

In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, herbs, milk, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, lemon zest, and 3/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Blend with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until smooth; set aside.

Prepare a gas or charcoalgrill for indirect cooking over medium-high heat: On a gas grill, heat all burners on medium high and then turn off all but one burner just before cooking the potatoes; on a charcoal grill, bank the coals to one side of the grill.

In another large bowl, toss the potatoes and shallots with the olive oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Put the potatoes and shallots on the cooler side of the grill (if the bars on your grill grates are far apart, lay a piece of foil down and put the potatoes and shallots on it), cover, and cook until tender and golden-brown, flipping once, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to the bowl of dressing. Transfer the shallots to a cutting board, coarsely chop, and then add them to the potatoes. Stir gently to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve warm.

Serving Suggestions

Serve warm along with grilled bratwurst for a hearty meal.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 340; Fat (g): fat g 16; Fat Calories (kcal): 140; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 4.5; Protein (g): protein g 6; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 44; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 300; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 20; Fiber (g): fiber g 4;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Lovely! I love trying new and different potato salad recipes. I used buttermilk instead of whole, and used cilantro, basil, and chives. Wasn't up for firing up the grill, so roasted the potatoes and shallots instead.

Not my favorite. I had such high hopes, because I liked the idea of the grilled onion, potato flavor. Grills certainly vary, and so I think it's important to understand yours. Following the directions, things weren't getting done. So, I turned on the sear burner again to raise the temperature. Took the shallots off before the potatoes. Fine! Mixed all together, and it just seemed too rich.

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