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Herbed Potato Salad - A Healthy, Whole30 and Paleo Recipe

Potato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

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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.

Herbs for Potato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette | Paleo | Whole30 | Gluten-Free |
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.

Herbed Potato Salad - A Healthy, Whole30 and Paleo Recipe

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 have not been 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?Creamer Potatoes for Potato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette | Paleo | Whole30 | Gluten-Free

 

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Potato Salad with Herb Vinaigrette
This easy potato salad is perfect for BBQs AND weekly meal prep!
Herbed Potato Salad - A Healthy, Whole30 and Paleo Recipe
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
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Herbed Potato Salad - A Healthy, Whole30 and Paleo Recipe
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Instructions
  1. Add potatoes to medium pot, fill with cold water to about 1 inch above potatoes. Bring to a simmer on high heat and let cook until potatoes are cooked through about 20 minutes.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, prepare the vinaigrette. In a large bowl mix together remaining ingredients. Whisk until incorporated.
  3. When potatoes are cooked through, drain and immediately add to vinaigrette. Mix to coat all the potatoes and let sit for at least 20 minutes for potatoes to soak up the vinaigrette.
  4. Stir to coat all potatoes with vinaigrette while sitting
  5. Taste and adjust salt if necessary.
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2 comments

  1. Yang says:

    Leslie, thank you for bringing up the potato debate! I too have to agree with you on eating potatoes in moderation. Dialectical thinking is so important, as well as personal situations. Too often I see people approaching foods with fears because they see too many foods as enemies (every ingredient has a negative/potentially harmful and beneficial side to it, but some are being emphazied more than others), and then they end up missing out on a whole lot of nutrients. Also the greater the variety we eat, the better the diversity of our gut microbes. Love what you said about “variety is key”!

    • Thanks for your comment, Yang! I totally agree, no food is essentially an enemy, even with a paleo style blog, I really do believe in a paleo-ish approach that is totally personal and takes into account how your body *feels* when you eat certain foods. And you know what, even I don’t feel wonderful eating a certain food, but it has a sentimental attachment, or it is irresistibly delicious, I’m going to eat it from time to time and just deal with the consequences. Variety is important and listening to what your body truly wants and needs. I’m so glad to have connected with you, thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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