Chances are if you invite me to a BBQ, I’ll bring these potatoes. Chances are if I invite you over for a BBQ, you’ll eat these potatoes. Summer fresh potato salad with herb vinaigrette is a BBQ staple in our house. This potato salad is dead simple: while the potatoes are simmering, whisk the vinaigrette in the serving bowl, add the steaming hot potatoes and allow them to bathe in herby vinaigrette goodness for 20 minutes and DONE.
I can’t help but top everything I make in herbs from my backyard throughout the spring and summer. For this salad, I enjoy the combination of rosemary, sage, chives (and their blossoms, when available) and summer savoury but use any you’ve got. If you’re on the Whole30 – omit the honey – it will still be delicious, I promise.
The salad can be made a day in advance and served at room temperature or slightly warmed immediately after making. It’s so simple to put together with common pantry ingredients that I often make it for weekly meal-prep to use as a starchy side or to add to a green salad with olives and tuna for a quick riff on a nicoise.
But wait!? Are white potatoes paleo?
The Whole30 program has added white potatoes back into its acceptable foods list but has the paleo community? This hotly debated topic generally concerns the high glycemic index of potatoes in relation to health goals and activity levels and the presence of glycoalkaloids. Amy Kubal, RD says go for it (in moderation) if you personally tolerate them, and so does Bill Staley over at Primal Palate with a few caveats but Loren Cordain warns heavily against them. Check out their articles on the topic if you’re hesitant to add potatoes to your paleo life.
Here at FPTP, we have potatoes in moderation because there are only so many sweet potatoes and starchy squashes a person can eat! And frankly, I am not convinced the presence of glycoalkaloids is worth the worry. Variation is the key to my food happiness.
What’s your opinion on the great paleo potato debate?