There’s something about summer that always makes me crave potato salad.
I think it’s a barbecue thing. As soon as June hits, I start dreaming of burgers and chargrilled chicken. And what goes better with barbecued meat, than a big sharing bowl of new potato and roast vegetable salad?
This gorgeous Italian-inspired salad is fresh and tangy, and absolutely lovely as a side dish for a barbecue or picnic.
It also packs a punch with colorful roasted vegetables and fragrant basil, making it a perfect hearty lunch for any vegans in the house!
You may have noticed that I’ve been working with Newman’s Own this month. This is the third of four super simple summer salad recipes that I’ve created using their yummy salad dressings.
No mayo or yoghurt in this potato salad, just Hollywood star Paul Newman’s classic Italian dressing. This was the very first one he created: made with extra virgin olive oil, sharp red wine vinegar, and a pinch of garlic.
He used to hand out bottles of the stuff as Christmas presents, and it proved so popular that he started selling it, with 100% of the profits going to charity!
Here, I marinate the peppers, courgette and aubergine in the dressing, then roast them until they’re soft and caramelised around the edges. A final kiss of dressing then adds extra flavour to the potatoes.
Simple, but very effective!
So what do you need to know about this salad? Well for one, it’s suuuper easy to make.
Two: if you’re planning on serving this at a party or BBQ, then you can do a lot of the prep-work in advance.
Boil the potatoes and roast the veg the night before, then just mix it all up with the fresh basil and Italian dressing at the last minute before serving. Or if you’re REALLY smart about it: get someone else to mix it up for you. (Thanks Charley!)
And finally: don’t be afraid to make it your own. I’ve used courgette, red pepper and aubergine for my veg, but experiment. Tomatoes, asparagus, red onion… they’re all vegetables that are GORGEOUS roasted and would work really well in this.
Play around and see what works for you!
*This post is sponsored by Newman’s Own.