Asparagus Potato Salad

Potato salad is one of those summer staples that you see at every cookout but rarely want to actually eat. Mushy potatoes swimming in mayo with little flavor is not my idea of a tasty treat. So I knew I could do better.

This salad combines tasty baby potatoes (I am in love with these multicolored ones) with fresh, seasonal asparagus. Adding a ton of veggies helps to keep the calories down and adds a tasty crunch to the dish. I used bacon, shallot and fresh chives for flavors and tossed everything with a light mustard vinaigrette.

This salad was incredible warm. I ate cold leftovers the next day and it was still super tasty and flavorful. The key is to just barely cook the asparagus, that way it will retain its nice crunch without feeling too raw.

I also wanted to give y’all a garden update! Things are coming along. My peas are growing like crazy and I’m excited to see how big they get. The kale and Brussels sprouts are coming along nicely on the porch.

In the ground, I have tomatoes, basil, cayenne and jalapeno peppers, butternut squash and baby watermelons. Watching everything grow is so much fun! I can’t wait till August when I can start cooking with all this stuff!

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Asparagus Potato Salad
 
 

Ingredients
  • 1lb potatoes, washed and cut into 1″ chunks, skin-on
  • ¼ lb bacon (4 oz)
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1lb asparagus, trimmed, washed and cut into ½” slices
  • 5 fresh chives, chopped (approx 2-3 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Par boil potatoes until fork tender, approximately 10-12 minutes, depending on size. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
  2. In a large frying pan, saute shallot with bacon on medium heat 4-5 minutes
  3. Add asparagus pieces and saute for another 2-3 minutes
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar and oil
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, asparagus, bacon, chives, and dressing mixture. Toss well to combine
  6. Season with salt and pepper
  7. Serve warm or cold!

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23 Responses to Asparagus Potato Salad

  1. yummychunklet May 31, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    Love the purple potatoes in this salad!

  2. Rachel Logan May 31, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    This looks delicious! I bet it would be great in a picnic. Adding it to the summer picnic list!

  3. Suzi May 31, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    This is a perfect potato salad and very creative. Love those summer colors too. I am loving your garden, I can only grow brussel sprouts here in the winter along with broccoli and cauliflower. I've never tried growing peas but green beans seem do well. Good luck!!

  4. Katie May 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I love all things potato salad, but this is one of the prettiest I've ever seen!

  5. Dara Reppucci May 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Thanks Katie! I take no credit for the cute multi-colored potatoes. I picked those up at the grocery store.

  6. Dara Reppucci May 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Thanks Suzi! I need the luck. This is my first time gardening (I used to live in basement apartments) so we'll see how it goes…

  7. gobakeyourself May 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    I love the gorgeous multicolourism in this salad – great flavour combo :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  8. gastronomic nomad May 31, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    I'm so jealous of your garden! As per my asparagus post, I have a black thumb and kill plants/flowers on sight. Love the colors in this salad. Buzzed!

  9. Kim Bee June 1, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    This looks so good. I am not normally a potato salad fan but this is one I would eat for sure. Looks mighty tasty. The garden and planters look great. I want to put a garden in so badly. We had a massive one at our last place. I miss it something awful. I even grew my own corn and pumpkins for fall.

  10. Baker Street June 1, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    Another great recipe, Dara! Congratulations on top 9 today! :)

  11. Geri Saucier June 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    The Potato Salad is so colorful. It also looks delicious. I like the use of a light dressing for the veggies instead of a thick creamy dressing. Thanks a great post and congratulations on Foodbuzz Top 9

  12. Shawn June 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Love the colors of those potatoes! This salad looks so good! Totally pinning this!

  13. D B June 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  14. Jenn Kendall June 2, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    now that is a potato salad i would be excited to eat! looks absolutely delicious Dara!

  15. Colleen June 2, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    I love the colorful baby potatoes! And bacon makes everything better…

  16. Kristina June 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Hey Dara! happy to meet you through kim :) love love love your blog too! That potato salad is gorgeous, love the purples and reds. Im breaking ground on my own garden today… fingers crossed for me…..

  17. Stephie June 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    This salad is SO pretty! I love the multicolored potatoes. I definitely wouldn't pass this up at a cookout.

  18. lindsay anne June 11, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    What a delightful combo. I love (love!) a good potato salad, but I've never thought to add in asparagus. I'm sure it tastes fabulous. (I just came across your blog via foodbuzz, and really like it, by the way! Love your fresh, seasonal recipes.)

  19. Kate June 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Hi, I was goingt to try and calculate calories of this dish. How many servings does this potato salad make?

    Thanks!!

  20. Dara Reppucci June 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Kate! Great question. This salad will comfortably serve 6 as a side dish.

  21. Marniemouse July 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Hi, this potato salad looks gorgeous and I'd love to try it but my husband doesn't like mustard, Is there anything you could recommend to substitute it with? Thanks!

  22. Marniemouse July 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Hi, this potato salad looks gorgeous and I'd love to try it but my husband doesn't like mustard, Is there anything you could recommend to substitute it with? Thanks!

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