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Potato salad with celery and red onion

Potato salad with celery and red onion
Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Ah, the first warm days of summer, when some mysterious force compels even the most hapless cooks to start a fire and burn some meat. Walking around my neighborhood last weekend, the smell of flaming beef fat was everywhere. It ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time | Serves 6
  • 2 pounds waxy potatoes, unpeeled
  • Salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons shallots
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup chopped celery (about 4 stalks)
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley

Step 1Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, barely cover with water, add 1 tablespoon salt and bring to a simmer. Maintain a gentle simmer until the potatoes can be pierced easily with a paring knife, 20 to 30 minutes, depending on their size.

Step 2While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the vinaigrette. Place the shallots in a small bowl and cover with the vinegar. Let stand until the shallots have softened slightly, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the mustard, oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Step 3Drain the potatoes. As soon as they are barely cool enough to handle, cut them into bite-size pieces. If you prefer potatoes peeled, do this first -- the skins will pull away easily with a paring knife.

Step 4Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. While they are still very warm, pour over the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Set aside until cool.

Step 5When almost ready to serve, add the celery, onion and parsley and stir to combine. Salt to taste and serve.


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