Asparagus potato salad is a nice change-up from the old standard. The simple mayonnaise dressing is flavored with dill, and the salad is garnished with optional anchovies, capers, roasted red peppers, and hard-boiled eggs.
Use waxy, thin-skinned potatoes (also referred to as “new potatoes”) for this dish such as Red Rose, Yukon Golds, purple, or fingerling varieties.
Asparagus Potato Salad Recipe
1 pound new potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed
1/2 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon yellow mustard, optional
1 teaspoon fresh dill weed or 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1 hard-boiled egg, shelled and cut into quarters
4 anchovy fillets, optional
2 teaspoons drained small capers
1 Tablespoon chopped roasted red peppers
Sweet Hungarian paprika for garnish, optional
Boil potatoes in salted water until fork-tender. Drain and let cool until easy to handle. Cut into 1-inch chunks and place in a large bowl.
While the potatoes are cooking, steam asparagus until crisp-tender (see Notes). Rinse in cold water and drain thoroughly. Add to the potatoes along with sweet onion.
Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, pickle relish, mustard, dill weed, salt, and pepper. Fold gently into the potato and asparagus mixture until combined.
Scrape potato salad into a serving dish. Arrange hard-boiled egg wedges pointing outward around the edge of the dish and the anchovies in between the egg wedges. Sprinkle with capers, and roasted red peppers. Dust eggs lightly with paprika, if desired. Chill at least 1 hour before serving to let flavors meld.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
• You can quickly steam asparagus in the microwave. Place cut asparagus in a large microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Fold back the plastic wrap to leave a 1-inch opening for the steam to vent. Cook on High for 1 minute. Remove bowl, stir asparagus, re-cover with vent, and cook on High for 1 additional minute. Remove to the counter and let rest until cooled to room temperature. Drain off any accumulated liquid.
Asparagus Potato Salad Recipe Photo ©2020 Peggy Filippone