Aromatic Tomato-basil Potato Salad
This potato salad looks like a rainbow on a plate. There are shades of purple peeking out from the white flesh of the red-skinned potatoes, which are surrounded by bright red slices of tomato and green-hued pieces of aromatic basil. It was simple. It was delicious. It was everything I envisioned when I dreamed it up. Really, I have daydreams about food. This was one of the ideas that came to fruition and successfully, might I add.
Potato salad is such a versatile and summery dish. You can use mayo, add eggs, or skip the eggs and add veggies like onions and carrot slices. Growing up, my mother’s version of German potato salad always topped my list of my favorite picnic foods. Warm potatoes smothered in olive oil and garlic, what’s not to love? The potato salad I created tonight, is another version of hers, but with a bit of an Italian twist. What is your favorite version of potato salad? Do you have a favorite picnic or summer meal?
Tomato-basil Potato Salad:
*Serves 3-4 as a side dish
4 potatoes of your choice (I used one red skinned, one Yukon Gold potato, and two purple majesty potatoes), diced
1 large clove of garlic, diced fine
1/2 of a red onion, diced
1 tomato, diced
1-2 tbsp of fresh basil, sliced thin
1-2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (or more if the potato salad isn’t moist enough)
1/4 tsp of sea salt and freshly ground pepper (or more to taste)
1- Heat a large pot of water over high heat and bring it to a boil. When the water is boiling add some salt to the pot (maybe a teaspoon of salt) and then add in the potato pieces. Let the water come to a rapid boil again, then let the potatoes cook for 10 minutes or less (depending on the size of the potato pieces). When they are tender, take them out (be sure not to overcook them).
2- While the water is boiling, cut all of your other veggies and the basil. Add it to a serving bowl with the olive oil and spices and stir. When the potatoes are done drain them and then add them to the serving bowl. Mix well and serve immediately. Enjoy!