Super Onion Potato Salad

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Super Onion Potato Salad
I probably would have never reached for the can of french-fried onions if I hadn’t been at the minimart with a minimal number of options. Sometimes life surprises you and you bless the minimart and the crispy canned onions that take a simple potato salad in an entirely different direction and into potato salad crack. On vacation with a seriously limited supplies, I got the whim to make a potato salad that was all about the onions. Onion is usually a team player and rarely the star, but being in the middle of Yellowstone I decided we were playing with any onion I could find at the gas station grocery: yellow onions, red onions, some really sad green onions, and (of course) the canned french-fried ones since I was playing by the rules of my own invention. Roasted, quick-pickled, and fried onions play all the parts of sweetness, acid, and richness making a reversal of potatoes as the supporting role in its namesake salad.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Pour 2 T. olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet add potatoes, red onion, and whole green onions. Toss to combine and sprinkle with 1 t. sea salt. Roast for 30 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through and onion are beginning to lightly char.
  2. While the potatoes and onions roast, whisk ⅓ cup olive oil, 1 t. sea salt, apple cider vinegar, and dijon mustard in the serving bowl. Add shallots and allow them to rest and happily pickle while the potatoes and onions roast.
  3. When the potatoes and onions are ready, chopped green onions and then toss the lot with pickled shallot dressing. Top with fried onions and freshly ground pepper just before serving.
Recipe Notes

Bonus Points:

  • Add: Chopped chives to take the onion factor to the fifth dimension. Add lentils or sliced, grilled steak to make this into a main dish.
  • Swap: Simmer potatoes on the stove top and grill the onions instead of roasting.
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