Green Bean Potato Salad with Herbs is a delicious recipe. It is so buttery and full of that earthy potato flavor. For a refreshing and flavorful salad, try making it in late Spring when you will find new potatoes at your Farmer’s Market. This is a versatile salad that you can serve cold or warm. It is a great make-ahead dish as the flavors improve with time.
This wonderful Salad recipe, comments, and photos were shared with my by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.
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- 8 ounces green beans, select young and unblemished green beans for this salad
- 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut each potato in eight chunks
- 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
- 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil, fruity, extra-virgin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons summer savory leaves, chopped*
- 1/2 teaspoon French thyme
- 1 teaspoon Italian oregano
- Coarse salt or sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil, add green beans and cook approximately 4 to 5 minutes or until beans are a bright green and tender crisp. Using tongs, remove beans and plunge into an ice water bath to set color and stop the cooking. Drain again and then set aside in a large bowl.
In the same saucepan, bring water to a boil and add the potatoes; cook approximately 10 to 12 minutes or until tender when pierced. Drain and transfer to a mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, mix together the shallots and champagne vinegar; set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat olive oil. Add savory leaves and cook until leaves just begin to darken and are fragrant. Remove from heat. Let cool a little and then add to the prepared vinegar mixture; whisk until well combined.
Add the cooked green beans, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and the vinegar/oil mixture to the potatoes in the mixing bowl, gently mixing together. Let sit about 15 minutes and mix well again.
When ready to serve, transfer the bean salad to a pretty serving dish.
May be served warm or at room temperature. If made several hours ahead, refrigerate, and bring to room temperature before serving. Stir well before serving.
* Summer Savory has a more delicate flavor than other species of savory. It tastes like a mix of thyme and mint. It also has a highly aromatic herb that takes well to vinegar and oil. Summer Savory is often used in the same way as Sage in many recipes.