Thursday, May 21, 2009

Roasted fingerling potatoes and herb green salad with house vinaigrette – a quick and easy lunch


Gourmet fingerling potatoes are in the markets right now so I decided to roast them in the oven and serve them with a fresh herb green salad for an easy, light lunch. I used red-yellow fleshed Idaho fingerling potatoes, but there are other varieties available. You can substitute any fresh herb for the rosemary, such as thyme or dill, or use dried herbs de Provence on the potatoes. For the salad I bought organic greens and made our standard house vinaigrette. 

It took less than 20 minutes from oven to table. This recipe serves two but could easily be increased for more people. We served it for lunch, but it could also be a substantial salad course at a larger dinner.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Baby fingerling potatoes, about 3 - 4 potatoes per person, depending on their size
Splash of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400. Slice the fingerling potatoes in half lengthwise and place on a sheet pan, and then toss the potatoes on the sheet pan with extra virgin olive oil, fresh rosemary, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Roast 10 – 15 minutes, until tender and brown. Remove from oven and serve with tossed herb green salad. Serves 2.

House vinaigrette with herb green salad 

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard 
Dash of hot sauce, such as Tabasco 
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Tiny pinch of sugar (optional)
Fresh herb salad greens, such as Earthbound organic blend, or mesclun mix for 2 people

For the vinaigrette, put the first 6 ingredients in glass top jar with lid and shake until well blended. 

Toss the greens with enough vinaigrette to moisten, season to taste with fleur de sel salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serves 2.

31 comments:

  1. Sam, I love this type of recipe and the entree it produces. Flavorful and certainly out of the ordinary. You help me be more creative.

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  2. I adore little fingerling potatoes! A lovely dish.

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  3. I think I saw some baby potatoes in the kitchen yesterday, hopefully I can try to make this recipe in the weekend, thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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  4. That is truly a quick and easy, but do not forget healthy and tasty! I love potatoes and salad together...

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  5. Love the fingerling potatoes, so delicious with the salad, a very nice lunch!

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  6. I soooo enjoy fingerlings. I dont alwyas find them here. Yours looks delicious, the whole lunch doea, right down to your viniagrette.

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  7. Beautiful! We have fresh greens in the garden and I'm tempted to see if there might be some baby purple potatoes big enough for this recipe. My mouth is watering!

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  8. I have similar potatoes and similar salad but never thought to combine the two for a lunch!

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  9. This is a wonderful idea. I've been looking at all those beautiful potatoes too, and wondering what to do. This really showcases the potato so nicely.

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  10. I love fingerlings, Same!! This sounds like a delicious way of preparing them...YUM!

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  11. Sam, I love rosemary with potatoes. This looks delicious. Like your house viniagrette too.

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  12. Yum! What a great little lunch!

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  13. Sam, Thanks for these recipes. This is the way I eat most of the time.

    One day I got into trouble with leg cramps and was told by the nurse that I needed potassium. She said eat a banana. I did not have any in the house so I looked it up on the internet and learned that baked potato peeelings and roasted potatoes are high in potassium.

    This kind of lunch is easy to fix, filling, and good for me. Thanks.

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  14. What a delicious lunch, such good ingredients!

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  15. I love fingerling potatoes, especially when they're roasted. They have such great texture. This looks like a great meal.

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  16. I just love this kind of food! It is a meal that I make often: easy yet with such beauties of excellent ingredients: that is what it is all about! Yummie dinner!

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  17. This plate looks very pretty! What wonderful food!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  18. Beautifully simple and simply beautiful! Perfect!

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  19. Delicious! This one of my quick and flavorful meals also!

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  20. Simple and perfect. This is my kind of lunch. :)

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  21. Beautiful presentation Sam! Your vinaigrette sounds wonderful! I always seem to make mine too vinegary for my hubby. I think he'd like this with the Tabasco in it.

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  22. This light meal look excellent. I love potatoes prepared this way. The dressing sound zippy and delicious as well.

    I really enjoy cooking with herbs. I really need to pick up more Herbs de Provence. I would love to find some specialty salts as well. I don't think I have tried the one you have listed.

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  23. I just bought a bag of fingerlings the other day! I love your vinaigrette recipe - a perfect amount for two. (Other recipes are for such larger amounts that I end up having various dressings in the fridge). A lovely lunch!

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  24. I love light lunches like this!

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  25. Sam, this is my kind of meal. Quick and simple. I will definitely try this as soon as possible. Thanks!

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  26. Simple, delicious and absolutely perfect. I love this!

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  27. I love fingerlings - all types and never to think to serve it as a midday meal. Oh it looks so good. It's always a side. And Tabasco in the vinaigrette - never done that either. Time for a change! Thanks.

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  28. I love that you had this for lunch. Simple, elegant and filling.

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  29. Looks great. I think a bit of Parmesan on those potatoes would be a nice touch.

    btw, if I saw a bear, I would have freaked out!

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