Caesar Potato Salad with Sugar Snap Peas

photo-307Why do I always feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend? Busy weekends make for exhausting Mondays! We just took an amazing long weekend in Napa! It was so much fun and we drank so much wine… we took advantage of the fact that you can start wine tasting at 10am! I can’t wait to share some of my favorite wineries and pictures with you! photo-311 A few of the wineries were pulling in their first grapes for harvest while we were there. Did you know the wineries pick all the grapes by hand? Hard work! I will have an exciting wine Wednesday for you this week! Check out some our amazing views in St Helena! photo-309This recipe for Caesar potato salad with sugar snap peas is one of my favorite ‘old school’ recipes from a June 2009 Bon Appetit It’s a classic! I am not a huge fan of heavy mayonnaise based potato salads in the summer (or ever) especially when its hot! This is a wonderful light option, with the crispy crunch from the sugar snap peas and radish its a fantastic side with steak, burgers, chicken- It will become your new BBQ staple! photo-306I also wanted an excuse to use my new mandolin- It makes slicing and cutting so simple! You can use a sharp knife or the side of a cheese grater to slice the radishes but a mandolin makes it a breeze! photo-308 Caesar Potato Salad with Sugar Snap Peas

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds unpeeled assorted fingerling potatoes or baby potatoes (such as white-skinned, red skinned and purple), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 8 ounces trimmed sugar snap peas
  • 1 bunch radishes, trimmed, sliced
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Steam potatoes on steamer rack set in large pot over boiling water until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Add sugar snap peas and steam until peas are crisp-tender and potatoes are just fork tender, about 1 minute longer. Transfer vegetables to large bowl. Cool slightly. Add radishes and onion. (I usually steam the peas separately so I can run them under cold water after steaming. This stops the peas from over cooking and keeps them bright green and crisp- either method works!)
  2. Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and garlic together in a small bowl. Whisk in Parmesan. Season with salt and lots of pepper.
  3. Add dressing to potato mixture; toss to coat.
  4. Season with more salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Recipe from Bon Appatit, June 2009

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The Ultimate Caesar Dressing

Nothing is more delicious than a well made Caesar salad. I’ve never been a huge fan of anchovies, so when my friend Jacki made this dressing for me, I was hooked. It’s so delicious and simple, the creaminess of the blue cheese balances the tangy citrus of the lemon juice. Grill up some chicken, salmon or steak and this makes the perfect weeknight dinner or side!

Caesar Dressing (Click for printer friendly version)

What you’ll need

  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 raw egg
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • croutons
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

What you do:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. In a large bowl combine washed and chopped Romaine lettuce, croutons, and Parmesan cheese
  3. Toss with dressing until lettuce is coated, add chicken, salmon or steak and Enjoy!