Potato & Green Bean Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

May 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

I really, really hate mayonnaise, which is why I almost never eat potato salad or pasta salad. I know it adds fatty flavor and isn’t all that different from pasta carbonara or hollandaise sauce, but for some reason the idea of eggs mixed with vinegar just makes me retch. So when I came across this recipe for a potato salad that uses vinaigrette instead of mayo, I was intrigued. I love potatoes and green beans, and it looked like a fairly easy way to prepare a healthy lunch for us.

I’m not a huge fan of balsamic vinegar, so kept searching and found another recipe
that used white wine vinegar, along with ingredients I love: shallots and chives. I tweaked it a little and made this for lunch today. We inhaled it. I’ll definitely make this again for a light vegan lunch or as a side dish.

Potato & Green Bean Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette


– 1.5 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
– 1 lb green beans
– 1 shallot
– 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
– 1/4 c EVOO
– 2 tsp chives
– 1 tsp dried tarragon
– 2 tsp honey
– 2 tsp salt (or to taste)
– 1 tsp pepper (or to taste)
– olive oil mister/cooking spray


– cutting board and knife
– baking sheet
– large pot
– medium prep bowl
– colander


1. Preheat oven to 425, and bring a pot of water to a boil.
2. Trim the green beans. Spray the baking sheet with olive oil and place green beans in a single layer. Bake 20 minutes and set aside.
3. Wash potatoes and cut into 1.5 inch pieces. Add to the boiling water with some salt, and cook 15-20 minutes, until cooked through, and drain.
4. Mince the shallots and chives. Place in prep bowl with vinegar, and let them sit about 5 minutes. Add EVOO, tarragon, and honey and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Combine potatoes and green beans in the pot. Pour dressing in and mix well.


Entry filed under: adaptations, potatoes, recipes, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian.

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