This green goddess potato salad gets a kick from pickled shallot, crunchy vegetables, and herbaceous, creamy dressing. Originally published in 2011, I've updated the recipe with a few changes and new photos.
GREEN GODDESS EVERYTHING
If you hadn't noticed, I'm a fan of green goddess recipes including, but not limited to, sandwiches, salads, and even mashed potatoes. Even Verdant Lady cocktails have a place in my heart – a sweet green goddess in quaffable form. Here I've taken that herbaceous dressing and slathered it over boiled potatoes and crunchy green veggies for a fresh take on potato salad.
GREEN GODDESS POTATO SALAD
When you're a vegetarian, it's essential to have an array of tasty, hearty side dishes at any given barbecue or potluck. Bonus points if the side dish could serve as your main dish, just in case it's slim pickings in the veg department. Enter this green goddess potato salad packed with crunchy vegetables, kicky dressing, and some custardy eggs for extra protein. I shared my original green goddess potato salad seven years ago, back before I had a proper camera. My CSA delivered a host of ingredients which at first I deemed inappropriate for summer, but later realized were actually the highly relevant ingredients for coleslaw and potato salad. I blended a trio of herbs – tarragon, dill, and basil – into some good mayonnaise and tossed it together with boiled potatoes and some crunchy vegetables. Potato salad is usually something I feel neutral about, but this was different. This was potato salad bliss.
The potato salad was deserving of some fresh photos, so this past week I revisited the recipe and gave it a few upgrades. The biggest change that I made was folding in bits of pickled shallot which add a pop of acidity and brightness that complements the creamy dressing beautifully. I also swapped the anchovy in the dressing (a traditional green goddess ingredient) for capers. These add the same salty/briny notes while keeping the recipe vegetarian.
This recipe is all about the produce, so use the best you can find. Small, fresh potatoes tend to taste the most sweet and creamy. Slender cucumbers with thin skin and few seeds usually have the most crunch and sweetness; my favorite is the painted serpent variety shown here, but most middle-eastern varieties are excellent. Take care not to overcook your green beans so they stay crunchy and vibrant. And look for farm-fresh eggs from happy chickens, which tend to have the most vividly golden yolks (but let them age for a week or two before cooking so they're easier to peel).
Tender potatoes, crisp veggies, and tangy dressing laced with pickled shallot add up to a verdant twist on a classic. Serve right away, or chill for up to a day or two to meld the flavors. The dressing is the brightest green when freshly made, but magic happens when the salad chills in the fridge for an hour up to two days – the flavors meld and emerge, the vegetables become slightly pickled, and the potatoes absorb all those lovely flavors.
- In a small jar, combine the shallot, salt, and enough vinegar to barely cover the shallot. Put a lid on the jar and shake to dissolve the salt. Let sit while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Add the 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, then cook until the potatoes are tender but still holding a shape, 8-12 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the potatoes out of the water and drain, reserving the water. Let the potatoes cool completely (you can run them under cool water to speed this up).
- Add the green beans to the boiling water and simmer until bright green and crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Drain the green beans (you can save the cooking liquid to use as vegetable stock if you like) and rinse them with cool water to stop the cooking (or put in an ice water bath).
- Place the eggs in the now-empty saucepan and cover with an inch or two of cool water. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 5-6 minutes (5 if you like a softer yolk, 6 if you want the yolk a bit more firm but still custardy, as pictured here). Drain the eggs and add ice and cool water to the pot to stop the cooking. Let stand 10 minutes, then peel and rinse the eggs and cut into halves or quarters. The whites should be firm and the yolks should be slightly soft and custardy.
Pickle the shallots:
Prepare the salad ingredients:
Make the dressing:
Make the salad:
Recipe from Alanna