Provincial-Style French Red Potato Salad Recipe loaded with roasted new potatoes, fresh herbs, garlic and capers. This potato salad recipe is easy to make and just as easy to love!
It’s human nature to think “My way is the right way.”
We often draw conclusions about certain matters, then fossilize them in our minds. Even with focused effort on being open to new ideas, sometimes our brains simply hit the “automatic reset button” and we are back to square one.
This sums up my feelings on potato salad. I’ve eaten a myriad of potato salads over the years, and always felt that nothing could compare to my mom’s classic mustard version. Potato salad has a bright yellow hue; the result of a rather large dollop of yellow mustard. Mom also adds dill, hard-boiled eggs, sweet relish, celery, mayo and paprika.
You know the kind… In my mind, this was potato salad, anything else was lacking. Case closed.
Until the day I had a hankering for potato salad, but found my pantry bare. There I stood, desperate for potato salad, with no eggs, relish, celery or dill! Heaven help me; what would I do?
I took a deep breath and decided to improvise. I had new potatoes, not russets. I had capers, shallots, garlic, Dijon mustard, and some Herbs De Provence.
How about French provincial-style potato salad?
Yes, that was the answer, and the answer was tres bien!
Making A French Red Potato Salad Recipe
In hindsight, I often find that improvisations birth many of my best kitchen creations. As Plato said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” I say necessity keeps you open-minded, at least in the kitchen!
In my heart, mom’s potato salad will always be #1. But I do love this new variety, tremendously. Since that day, I have swapped dried Herbs De Provence, for fresh rosemary, thyme and lavender. This creates a brighter floral, french-countryside quality.
I’ve also taken to roasting the potatoes instead of boiling them, producing a much better color and texture.
As with all potato salad, the longer it sits, the better it gets. I like to make the French Red Potato Salad Recipe the night before it’s going to be served.
That way, the flavors have time to fully absorb into the potatoes. However, if you just can’t wait, it will still taste wonderful moments after mixing!
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French Red Potato Salad Recipe
- 2 pounds new potatoes, chopped into bite-size pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 tablespoons capers, reserve brine
- 2 teaspoons fresh chopped rosemary
- 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
- 2 teaspoons culinary lavender buds, or fresh chopped lavender buds and leaves
- 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut each potato into bite-size pieces. Lay them on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with a little oil. Lightly salt and pepper.
Shake the pan to spread the oil around. Then roast the potatoes for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown and tender. Make sure to flip once halfway through. Add the chopped garlic to the potatoes 5 minutes before they are ready to come out of the oven.
Once the potatoes and garlic are roasted, allow them to cool for a few minutes. Then toss them with the capers, fresh herbs, Dijon mustard and mayo. Mix well, and add a 1-2 teaspoons caper juice to season and thin out the dressing if needed. *Be careful with the caper brine—it’s really salty! Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.