Pizza Bread and My New Favorite Potato Salad

lunch on 20 May 2015: pizza bread with potato salad and fruit salad

lunch on 20 May 2015: pizza bread with potato salad and fruit salad

For today’s lunch, I made pizza bread with peppered salami on a brioche bun—fancy! I also included two salads: a fruit salad with stone fruit and strawberries, and my new favorite potato salad.

spring salad with fingerling potatoes

spring salad with fingerling potatoes

Doesn’t this potato salad look delish? I’m always experimenting with potato salad, because I’m not a big fan of traditional American potato salad, which is basically boiled potatoes slathered in mayonnaise with celery and raw onions (both of which I hate). It never made sense to me: you take something heavy and starchy and mix it up with something heavy and fatty. Plus, potato salad is picnic/pot luck food, and mayo at picnics is a total no no. Food safety, people. So, yesterday, during my relatively calm office hours, I went searching for a new potato salad recipe. I stumbled upon this beauty by Deb Perlman. Her spring salad with potatoes contains spring onions, radishes and asparagus. I had none of those ingredients, but Deb encourages substitutions, so I made quick pickled carrots for my zippy pickled component. I had some precious little haricot verts, so I threw those in during the last few minutes of boiling the potatoes. I also thought a little protein would be nice, so I added a can of kidney beans. It turned out amazing. This is my new go-to potato salad. I’ll be making it for picnics at the beach this summer.

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