The Best Potato Salad for a Memorial Day Picnic

A delicious twist on potato salad for your Memorial Day potluck
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer: grill-outs, picnics, and poolside lounging are all in order. Hopefully, there will be good enough weather to adequately celebrate! If you’re hosting or attending a potluck-style event for Memorial Day, I’ve got a recipe recommendation that is sure to please a crowd: Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad.

The combination of crumbly eggs, pickled peppers, crispy bacon, and golden roasted potatoes has a wonderful variety textures. Each element of this potato salad can be prepared ahead of time; you could roast the potatoes, fry up the bacon, whisk together the vinaigrette, and hardboil the eggs at home, only to assemble the salad at your potluck or picnic! Make sure to check out my tips for perfect hardboiled eggs at the bottom of the post.

A delicious twist on potato salad for your Memorial Day potluck

Ingredients

serves 8; active cooking time 20 minutes, total cooking time 1 hour

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1/4 cup tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons of grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar: champagne or white wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the rest of the salad:

  • 8 ounces of bacon
  • 2 pounds fingerling potatoes
  • 4 large eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and chopped
  • Pepperoncini, chives, arugula as desired

Procedures

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Halve each potato length-wise and toss with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. Spread around in one layer on a roasting pan and place in the oven for 35 minutes. Halfway through the total cooking time, rotate the potatoes so they become crisp and golden on both sides. Let cool before assembling the salad.
  3. Meanwhile, place the bacon on a baking sheet covered in tin foil. Place in oven and cook for ten minutes, then flip the strips with tongs and cook for another 8-10 minutes until it’s as crisp as desired. Once cooled, chop the bacon roughly.
  4. Next, make the dressing by whisking the oil, mustard, vinegar, and shallot together and seasoning to taste.
  5. Finally, assemble the salad on a bed of arugula lettuce. Top with potatoes, then the chopped hardboiled eggs, bacon, pepperoncini, and chives. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve warm or at room temperature.

A delicious twist on potato salad for your Memorial Day potluck

You, like so many others, may be scarred by attempts hardboil eggs which yield a rubbery lump with a solid gray-ish mass in the middle. Never again! Here is a time-tested method that will get you perfect hardboiled eggs:

  1. Set a large pot of water with a dash of salt to boil over high heat.
  2. Once the boil has just started (it doesn’t have to be a rolling boil yet!), add the eggs. Make sure each egg is submerged in the water.
  3. Boil the eggs for exactly 12 minutes. While the eggs are boiling, prepare a bowl of ice water that will fit in your freezer.
  4. When the eggs are done, immediately place them in the ice bath and set in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, until cool.
  5. Peel and enjoy a perfectly cooked egg with a barely-set golden yolk!

Enjoy this tangy and hearty potato salad alongside a burger or hot dog, and I’d say you’re doing Memorial Day right.

 

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