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Recipe for warm potato, fennel and onion salad with balsamic vinaigrette {vegan, gluten-free}


A good basic potato salad, like a little black dress, can see you right through the summer season. Picnics, potlucks, barbecues: let the good times roll, and volunteer to bring the potato salad. I had Yukon Gold potatoes and half a fennel bulb left from an asparagus soup I made last week, and a few pantry items transformed them into the side salad I'll be serving all summer long. You can substitute your own favorite vinaigrette; I like balsamic, but this preserved lemon vinaigrette, sent to me by a reader, would be wonderful, too.


Warm potato, fennel and onion salad with balsamic vinaigrette

From the pantry, you'll need: onion, balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, Dijon mustard, extra-virgin olive oil.

Serves 2; can be doubled, tripled, etc.


8 baby Yukon Gold potatoes, cut in half
1/4 large red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 fennel bulb, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces (reserve the fronds)
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp agave nectar
1-1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (not fruity), plus 1-2 tsp for roasting
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp fresh black pepper


Preheat oven to 425°F.

Place potatoes, onion, and fennel on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil (depending on the amount of vegetables you're making), and season with kosher salt and black pepper. Toss, with your hands, to be sure all of the vegetables are coated. Roast for 30-40 minutes, turning the vegetables just one time, until the potatoes are cooked through and starting to brown slightly. Remove from the oven and transfer to a mixing bowl.

While the potatoes are cooking, combine remaining ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, and shake the jar to emulsify the dressing.

Spoon as much of the dressing as you need onto the warm vegetables, and stir to combine. The vinaigrette will absorb into the warm vegetables. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Garnish with the reserved fennel fronds, and serve. (You can make this several hours in advance.)

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More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
French potato salad
Potato salad with sesame dressing
Thyme roasted new potatoes
Potatoes with aioli dressing
Roasted potatoes with lemon thyme vinaigrette

Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar, from White on Rice Couple
Roasted asparagus with balsamic vinegar, from A Veggie Venture
Agave-sweetened chocolate ice cream, from David Lebovitz
Olive oil crackers, from 101 Cookbooks
Lemon olive oil cake, from Sunday Nite Dinner

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This one's growing on me. My little fingerlings just might need to be dressed up.

Hi Lydia, I'm inspired by this one. I'm already working on making this a banner fennel year for our family garden, and now a simple idea for how to share it on those summer potluck days. Thank you!

I am just starting to like fennel and roasting the fennel is just right for me!!
Thanks for this very beautiful dish!

Susan, I can't imagine a happier fate for your little potatoes!

Amy, maybe your CSA members will love this recipe, too?

Carol, roasting fennel makes it sweet, an entirely different flavor than raw fennel.

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