CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Last week I shared some interesting ways to sauce up your summer burgers with out-of-the-box condiments. Now, how about a few offbeat sides to go with them?
You can't have a summer cookout without potato salad - so says me - but you don't always have to go the traditional route. I was recently surfing for recipes when I discovered that www.idaho
potato.com offers more than 80 different potato salad combinations, some of them quite unique.
Like potato and pesto chicken salad (potatoes tossed with crunchy green beans, cubed chicken and pesto) and Greek potato salad (featuring tomatoes, cucumbers, feta and fresh dill). Then there's chopped potato breakfast salad, potato and smoked salmon salad, potato nicoise salad and dozens more.
But my favorite is a stunning grilled potato salad with warm goat cheese and yellow tomato vinaigrette. Just take a look at the gorgeous photo accompanying this week's recipe.
Mercy! It's art on a plate.
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Know what would also be awesome drizzled over grilled or cooked potatoes?
Balsamic Shallot Sauce.
Made from cooked grapes, balsamic vinegar adds such a richness, depth and undeniable tang to a variety of dishes. And let's face it - bland potatoes need to be paired with big flavors.
Roland Foods makes a good balsamic vinegar derived from Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes, which they suggest using in a variety of ways: