Monday, June 4, 2012

Perfect Picnic Fare: Lemony Grilled Potato Salad

It was a beautiful weekend. The skies were clear, and the temp was as perfect as it gets…awesome weather to barbeque and attend an outdoor concert.  We love to go to the many outdoor concerts in the area, throw down a blanket, put up our fold-a-table, sip some wine and nosh on some tasty food. The band this weekend was one that I grew up listening to. In fact, Art the bass player is one of my father’s childhood friends.  The band’s blues-style music is toe-tappin’ infectious and just destined to put anyone in a good mood.

As a side dish, I made Lemony Grilled Potato Salad, a recipe adapted from this month’s Cooking Light Magazine. The results were “award winning” (my hubby’s words not mine). What makes this potato salad stand out from other variations of this popular picnic fare is that the veggies are grilled, adding an extra dimension of flavor.  A squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens and the capers add a bit of tang.

What is you favorite picnic food?

Lemony Grilled Potato Salad
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 small red onion, cut into ½ inch thick slices
1 red pepper, halved and seeded
3 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. capers
salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat grill to medium-high.
2. Place potatoes in large saucepan, cover with water, bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Cut potatoes in half.
3. Pour 2 Tbsp oil into a shallow dish; dip potatoes, onions & red pepper in oil then place on grill. Grill about 5 minutes each side until tender. Remove vegetables from grill, cool slightly, and coarse chop.
4. Combine remaining oil, basil, lemon juice, capers, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add grilled vegetables, toss to coat. 

until next time...



  1. This is my kind of potato salad! No icky dressing, grilled peppers and onions. Every Fourth of July my friend Deborah makes a big platter of fresh tomatoes, basil leaves, feta cheese and olives -- I look forward to it every year.

    1. I agree! I love that this version does not contain mayo.

  2. This does sounds like perfect picnic food! I like that the veggies are grilled!

  3. looks delicious! perfect potato salad for something that hates mayo like me!

  4. I love the flavors here, the lack of mayo and the tang of capers.

  5. I've eaten so many potato salads, but I've never had the potatoes grilled. I love that idea!

  6. I just discovered your blog, and this potato salad recipe sound so interesting. I blog about barbecuing, smoking and grilling. This looks like a perfect compliment to a summer kitchen cookout. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. Please accept my invitation to come over and follow me, too. I am a Pacific Northwestern Grandpa and the other thing that I blog about is woodworking. My current post is a motorcycle rocking horse that I built for my granddaughter. Looking forward to hearing from you. Steve

    1. Hi thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. I will definitely check out your site as well!

  7. Hey all- Aidan from the Go Ireland potato company reminded me that I should have given credit to the high nutritional value that potatoes provide. I could not agree more! For more info check out:

  8. You're right! This is perfect for a picnic - light, tangy and no mayo! Yum! Thanks again for finding our we could find you. I love the city St. Louis!


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