French Potato and Sausage Salad with Creamy Mustard Dressing

Yield: 4 servings

Time: 30 minutes

A refreshing new recipe for an old favorite. Crunchy celery, pickled red onions and a creamy mustard dressing instead of mayonnaise, makes this salad a perfect bring-along dish to an “al fresco” summer dinner.

Ingredients:

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Quick Red Onion Pickle

  • 1 medium sized red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of warm water

Salad

  • 1 lb Yukon golden potatoes, unpeeled and sliced into 3/8 inch thick rounds
  • 1/2 lb cooked andouille sausage or kielbasa, sliced into 3/8 inch rounds
  • 2 tender celery stalks with leaves attached, sliced thinly
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 3 Tbsp red vinegar, or to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon or to taste
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or to taste
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, finely chopped not minced
  • 2 scallions, cut into ribbons

Quick Red Onion Pickle

  • 1 medium sized red onion, thinly sliced
  • 120 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of warm water

Salad

  • 450 g Yukon golden potatoes, unpeeled and sliced into 1 cm thick rounds
  • 225 g cooked andouille sausage or kielbasa, sliced into 1 cm rounds
  • 2 tender celery stalks with leaves attached, sliced thinly
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 3 Tbsp red vinegar, or to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon or to taste
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or to taste
  • 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, finely chopped not minced
  • 2 scallions, cut into ribbons

Preparation:

Start by preparing the quick red onion pickle. Whisk all ingredients, except the red onion slices in a small bowl until sugar and salt are dissolved. Add the onion slices and let it sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Drain onion well before adding it to the salad.

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan large enough to hold the potato slices. Add the potatoes and cook over medium high heat for about 5-8 minutes or until slices are just tender. Drain potato slices, pat them dry with kitchen towels and put them in a bowl. Toss them gently with a bit of olive oil so that slices do not stick together. Set aside. While the potatoes are cooling, prepare the mustard dressing.

Whisk the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and the sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil while whisking constantly. Dressing should have a creamy and silky consistency. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow flavors to mingle. Add sausage rounds, celery, parsley , scallions and pickled red onion to the potatoes. Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss it gently to avoid potatoes breaking too much. Adjust seasoning if necessary, and let potatoes absorb the dressing until ready to serve.