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Potato Salad Niçoise

Photo: Rachel Weill; Styling: Dan Becker
Yield Serves 8 to 10
Time 1 1/4 hours, plus 2 hours to chill. You'll have 1 1/4 cups extra aioli to serve with appetizer vegetables if you like (we chose radishes and blanched broccolini).


  • 3/4 pound green beans, cut into 2-in. lengths
  • 3 pounds small red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, slivered, rinsed, and drained
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 1 cup pitted Niçoise olives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 350
  • caloriesfromfat 67 %
  • protein 4.5 g
  • fat 26 g
  • satfat 3.6 g
  • carbohydrate 27 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • sodium 419 mg
  • cholesterol 12 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook green beans in a large pot of boiling water just until tender-crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain, cool in a bowl of ice water, drain again, and chill until ready to use.

  2. Put potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer just until tender when pierced, about 15 minutes. Drain. When they're cool enough to handle, quarter potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Pour vinegar and olive oil over warm potatoes; add the onion, mix gently, and let stand until cool.

  3. Meanwhile, make aioli: Finely shred peel of 1 lemon and squeeze enough lemons to get 7 tbsp. juice. In a food processor, whirl mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt, and lots of pepper until smooth. Add lemon zest and pulse just to blend.

  4. Mix cool potatoes with 1 cup aioli and the capers. Cover; chill until cold, along with remaining aioli.

  5. Just before serving, gently stir in green beans, olives, more aioli if salad is too dry, and more salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.