Feasting at Home : Grilled Potato Salad with Black Garlic Vinaigrette

July 18, 2014

Grilled Potato Salad with Black Garlic Vinaigrette

If you are looking for a different way to treat potatoes this summer, try grilling them. This recipe for grilled potato salad, is a fun twist on the classic, with a vinaigrette made from fermented black garlic. The black garlic gives the lightly charred potatoes a unique flavor - earthy and subtly sweet. Pair this with crispy skinned grilled salmon, and a dollop of dill sour cream, and it's a match made in heaven.

Make sure to use tender skinned new potatoes, the smallest ones you can find. New potatoes are freshly harvested young potatoes. With paper-thin skins and lots of moisture inside, and they tend to be sweeter than older potatoes and are excellent in potato salads. They are also really delicious prepared simply - steamed and topped with a little butter, salt and fresh dill.

This beautiful hand thrown ceramic bowl was made by a Seattle artist, Randi Starup … we have a few available at our store…www.bowlandpitcher.com.  Take a peek!

Black garlic, is garlic that has been fermented. The flavor will surprise you. The fermentation process, mellows garlic's pungency greatly, and transforms into something earthy, sweet and full of umami flavors. The first time I used it, I was a little concerned by the color, but don't let it scare you,  it's totally harmless, and delicious!

Make a paste.

Give the new potatoes a quick blanch.

Toss them with a little bit of the vinaigrette.

Then give a little char on the grill.

Toss with the rest of the vinaigrette and sprinkle with fresh chives and dill.

Serve with a little dilled sour cream on the side and enjoy!!

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Grilled Potato Salad Recipe with Black Garlic Vinaigrette and Dill Cream
by sylvia fountaine May-31-2014
A delicious grilled potato salad recipe that is great as a side to salmon.


24 oz = 1 ½ lbs baby potatoes
4 cloves black garlic
4 T oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 T rice wine vinegar
1 T chives
2-3 T fresh dill, cilantro, Italian parsley or tarragon.

Dill Cream:
1 Cup sour cream
2 T fresh dill
2 T  lemon juice
1 T finely chopped onion or shallot
salt, pepper, sugar

Preheat grill to med high heat.

Blanch potatoes in salted boiling water, until just tender, about 10-15 minutes, depending on size.

Mash black garlic with a fork with salt and 1 T oil, until it become a chunky paste. Add the remaining oil, vinegar, and pepper.

Strain the tender potatoes, and toss with 1 T of the vinaigrette, just enough to lightly coat. Grill the potatoes until nicely charred.

Toss with the rest of the vinaigrette, and fresh herbs.

Serve with dilled sour cream:
To make dill sour cream: whisk one cup sour cream with a little lemon zest, squeeze of ½ a lemon, 2-3 T fresh dill, 1 T chopped shallot, salt and pepper to taste, and pinch of sugar.
Serve on the side.
Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 35 mins Yield: 4


  1. The colors and your photography are just absolutely stunning! Pinned

  2. your right about this being the perfect summer side.. love it. definitely recreating this in my kitchen!

  3. This looks like a great recipe and your blog is very nicely done. I noticed you mentioned the bowl was made by a Seattle artist. We are also in Seattle. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Yes, the bowls are made by Randi- she sells at the Ballard Farmers Market. Thanks for visiting!!

  4. Yessssssssss. Sylvia, I live for new baby potatoes. They're so good - all you need is a bit of butter, salt, pepper and an herb or two and they are absolutely stunning. I LOVE that you grilled them too! After all, what else is Summer good for but bbqing new potatoes?? Nicely. Done.

  5. Estoy deseando probar el ajo negro fermentado y en cuanto lo consiga voy a estrenarlo con esta deliciosa receta.
    Un saludo

  6. Delicious as always Sylvia ! The Black Garlic was such a unique flavor ! Thank You for sharing this recipe , it's a keeper !!! :0)

  7. Salads are tasty and very easy to prepare. Main course salads have become quite a hit during these times when people are already mindful of what they eat.

  8. These look so delicious! I love the chive blossom garnish. So pretty!