Potato-Asparagus Salad

1 1/2 to 2 lb red skin potatoes (baby or quartered standard sized)
1/4 lb asparagus spears, cut up (about 3/4 cup)

for the dressing:
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup diced green onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
1 1/2 tablespoons nonpareil capers
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar

Boil the potatoes. A few minutes before they are fork tender, toss in the asparagus to steam. Drain. Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Toss the potatoes with dressing. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

My thoughts:

I know it seems like it is all salads all the time but really, it is all I’ve been feeling like eating lately. I think I must be making up for all those years when I only occasionally had cold salads. I am still not sold on the super mayonnaise-y ones and I find hard boiled eggs in potato salad abhorrent (sneaky whites masquerading as potatoes) so I’ve been sticking to low mayo and a equal or higher mustard/vinegar/citrus ratios without an egg to be found. This salad is definitely on the savory side and the capers add a burst of saltiness that I love.


  1. I bet the splash of tarragon vinegar adds a nice little something! Looks very similar to a potato salad my hubby made last weekend with green peppers…he also roasted the potatoes for 15 minutes after boiling.

  2. Wow that has to be really refreshing salade for these warm sunny days.

  3. My mom used to make a potato salad that was kind of like this but with no mayo…think it was out of one of those old Julia Child cookbooks? Warm potato salad with vinegrette and lovely bits of celery. Delicious.

  4. I agree about the egg….It weirds me out! I love all of your salad ideas lately!

  5. The dressing for this salad sounds delicious, the combination of all this flavors are great…yummie!

  6. My favorite potato salads also contain other veg — like asparagus. In early summer, I like to sub in some green beans, sometimes even grilled.

    This salad looks drool-worthy. And I love the capers in there. YUM!

  7. This looks so delicious and simple. I will have to try it this weekend.

  8. This looks like something I want to try out. Lately we've been going heavy on meals. Might be wise to slip in a light dish or two every once in a while. Thanks.

  9. My heart will rejoice after having this salad. I have tried this with little beans added. Salad is must in our meal in this blistering summer.