Not Your Grandma’s Potato Salad

Nothing too fancy here folks…just potato salad. This one dosn’t have any heavy dressings but rather has flavor from tomatoes, capers, dill and good quality olive oil.

It’s not your grandma’s potato salad of course. I don’t have any of the ingredients to make that kind of salad, so I decided to try something a little different instead. This Roasted Potato Salad comes with oven roasted grape tomatoes (which adds a nice sweetness), crispy capers, fresh dill and crispy spinach leaves.

This is a simple, yet complimentary flavor pairing that is sure to win you over. No need for heavy creamy dressing when you’ve got olive oil, lemon juice, smoked paprika and dill.

Roasted Potato and Tomato Salad with Crispy Capers and Dill

For 2 as a main, or 4 as a side

  • 12 baby potatoes, halved
  • 16 grape tomatoes, pricked with a fork
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp of smoked paprika (Spanish or Hungarian are nice)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Good quality olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  • Spinach (great if eating it as a main, but optional)

Preheat the oven to 425 F. In a large bowl, toss the potato halves, tomatoes and garlic with olive oil. Sprinkle with paprika and plenty of salt and pepper. Place the vegetables in a baking pan and roast for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the capers to the pan of potatoes and tomatoes. Continue to roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until potatoes have started to turn golden and the tomatoes have started to burst and the skin wrinkled.

To serve, toss the potatoes and tomatoes (be gentle not to damage the tomatoes) with the lemon juice, a heavy drizzle of olive oil, fresh herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of spinach or as is. Serve with 1 or 2 lemon wedges.

Note: If you’re a big fan of dressing and are serving it with spinach, feel free to toss the spinach in a light lemon vinaigrette before serving.

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12 Responses to Not Your Grandma’s Potato Salad

  1. Chris HyeThymeCafe May 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    First off, the salad looks/sounds delicious – the sweet of the tomatoes played against the salty capers, and don’t even get me started on dill!! I put dill in everything! Hubs definitely scores beau-coup brownie points for the surprise. I am hardly ever surprised, but the one that will forever stand out for me was a bazillion years ago when I used to watch a friend’s SIX kids. The family decided to throw me a surprise B-Day party, and not one kid blew the secret! I think that may have been a miracle!! On top of that, there were other neighborhood and family kids involved who didn’t spill the beans, and they actually made up a song for me. When I drove up that night, they all marched outside singing to greet me. That was awesome as it was, but when I went inside and found out about the party and that they had known and didn’t let on, I was so touched, I cried!!

  2. MQ May 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I’ve never roasted capers with my vegetables. How does it change the taste?

    Beautiful salad–I will be making it when my potatoes and tomatoes are harvest-able.

    • beyondthepeel May 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      A few of the restaurants I worked at used to serve crispy capers on a few different dishes, but they were deep fried. They were delicious. I’m not sure I can describe the flavor, but I’d say it’s milder when crispy. Since I don’t deep fry, this baked version lightly imitates the deep fried version. I hope that helps.

  3. Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva May 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    Way to go hubby! I am sure you both anxious to see one another! I make a similar potato salad with roasted red peppers and onions and a chipotle lime vinaigrette ! My favorite!

    • beyondthepeel May 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      Can well have the link if it’s posted or can you give us the recipe please. That sounds sooooo good.

      • Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva May 11, 2013 at 2:58 am #

        Not,posted yet, working on it! I grill all the veggies and use a similar vinaigrette as this one here :

        • beyondthepeel May 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

          I’m looking forward to it. The vinaigrette sounds divine!

  4. Karen Ferguson May 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    When I saw that picture of “Potato Salad” not your grandmothers, I thought..OMG…that’s DIVINE!! Why hasn’t that been thought of before? Bravo to you!! Living somewhat off the grid must do wonders for the imagination! Not the samo samo box. Lovely that your husband visited you. And, no one cares if you were dressed or not. Looks rather secluded, so I’d say “why not” let the air flow….lovely foto. Thank you. I cannot WAIT to make this dish for my 90 year old mother in July. Hugs….ps. you made hamburger buns? OMGoodness….I am doubly impressed!! BRAVO!!! And YUM. I wanna come over NOW.

    • beyondthepeel May 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      You would always be welcome to come over for dinner Karen. Just give me a hour to make sure I’m dressed. Hehehe

  5. Amber H May 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Beautiful salad! So light and refreshing. And you’re right…this is not my Gramie’s potato salad..she used A LOT of mayo and eggs and a ton of other stuff. Don’t get me wrong, it was great, but sometimes less is more. And I do love anything roasted.

    What an amazing surprise! You have such a sweet husband…I love how he came bearing meat. I love that photo of you both. And you rock those gorgeous shoulders girlfriend.

    Sadly, I don’t get many surprises. But I LOVE to give them. I throw surprise parties for my friends and family all the time. I also LOVE to surprise my kids with things (like homemade treats of course). :-)


    • beyondthepeel May 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      I would put my bets on the fact that you are an amazing friend to have. You family and friends are lucky to have you.
      I am always grateful for my amazing husband! I like to surprise him with food treats too. I once surprised him by taking him on a weekend escape to Victoria. That was so nice.

  6. Chaya May 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    I love your enthusiasm for your husband and for the grand potato salad.

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