Potato & Olive Salad

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You may have noticed that things have been a little slow here at The Sweetest Kitchen lately.  I apologize for that, but things have been busy here – all due to my children, who have ballet rehearsals and ballet concerts, or preschool concerts and preschool Christmas parties, or preschool orientations.  During a break in these activities, I’d like to share with a recipe I found in the December 2010 issue of MasterChef Australia magazine.  It’s so simple and makes a perfect side dish for any grilled meat.

This is a twist on your average potato salad – there is no mayonnaise to be found in this recipe.  The dressing is a mix of olive oil, finely chopped kalamata olives, parsley and garlic.  The potatoes are boiled, then fried cut-side down in a frying pan (or chargrill pan, if you have one) and finally the potatoes are tossed in the dressing and watercress is stirred through.  It’s best served while the potatoes are still warm, but it also tasted great straight from the refrigerator as well.

If you hate olives and are for some reason still reading this post, don’t be put off this recipe.  I don’t like olives either, but believe it or not, while you can definitely taste the olives in a bite of this salad, they’re not so prominent.  My 5-year-old daughter won’t come within 5 feet of an olive, so I didn’t tell her there were olives in this salad, and you know what?  She absolutely loved every bite!

My salad looks a bit messy, and it looks neat and tidy in the photo in the magazine!  The original recipe asks that you chargrill the cut-side of the potatoes so you get black lines on the potatoes, which makes it look even more inviting to eat.  Next time you’re thinking about serving potato salad, try this one instead for something different!



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  1. says

    Mmmm I love warm potato salads – yours looks so yummy but still easy to make! I’m from NZ and we still haven’t finished the 2010 Aussie Masterchef! We know who wins (and its so drawnout that it kind of irritates me) but we still find ourselves watching…

  2. says

    What a great idea! I love olives and, though I’m not crazy about potatoes in general, they can surely be delicious with the right blend of herbs and seasoning. This sounds like a delightful salad – I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    I love that this dish features big, hearty chunks of potato. I’m not generally an olive fan, my my mother and father adore them so I bet they would really enjoy this and I bet the brininess of the olives matches well with the more starchy potatoes.


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