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23 July 2006

Potato Salad 'Du Jardin' (Cooks Illustrated)

Potato Salad 'Du Jardin'

Serves 6

The key to infusing this summer-fresh salad with flavor is dressing the green beans and potatoes while they are hot. The salad can be made up to 1 day in advance. Just bring the salad back up to room temperature and add the fresh herbs and reserved dressing before serving. Tarragon and orange flavor this potato salad with the taste of southern France.
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 small shallot , minced
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 ounces green beans , ends trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons table salt
2 pounds red potatoes , scrubbed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1. Whisk oil, vinegar, juice, mustard, shallot, and pepper together in large bowl. Reserve 1/4 cup dressing in measuring cup.

2. Bring 6 cups water to boil in large saucepan. Add green beans and salt. Cook, uncovered, until green beans are slightly tender but still crisp, about 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer beans to plate lined with paper towels to drain briefly, then add to bowl with dressing. Toss to coat.

3. Add potatoes to still simmering water. Bring back to boil and cook until paring knife can be inserted into potatoes with no resistance, 7 to 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to colander and drain briefly. Add hot potatoes to bowl with beans and dressing. Toss gently to combine and let sit at least 10 minutes.

4. Add parsley, chives, tarragon, zest, and reserved dressing to bowl. Toss gently to combine and serve.