Flame On: Grilled Potato Salad

A couple of weeks ago, I came home from a weekend trip in Ottawa to find a goodie basket had been dropped off by the wonderful folks at EarthFresh Foods, filled with everything I’d need to participate in the 2012 Klondike Rose Foodies Contest.

The challenge? To create an original recipe highlighting their Klondike Rose potatoes, a delicious yellow-fleshed potato with bright pink skin and a buttery, slightly sweet flavour.

Grilled Potato Salad

I decided I wanted to make a recipe that would show off the delicious flavour and texture of the potatoes: a potato salad.  Not just any ordinary potato salad, though, but a summery version that embodies everything that’s wonderful about this time of year.

Potato Salad Ingredients

Many potato salads are a mushy mess of overcooked potatoes loaded down with heaps of mayonnaise and with little else to liven things up besides chopped celery or hardboiled eggs.  In other words, beige, boring and bland bland bland. Definitely not contest-winning material.

My potato salad, on the other hand, is anything but bland.  It’s tossed with a zippy mustard-and-herb vinaigrette that lets the naturally sweet flavour of the Klondike Rose potatoes shine through, instead of masking it with a heavy creamy dressing, while purple spring onions and red peppers keep things lively with pops of bright colour and flavour.

Grilling Potatoes

Inspired by the fact that BBQ season is in full swing, I decided I’d switch up my usual potato salad recipe by grilling all of my vegetables. As it turns out, the Klondike Rose potatoes are perfectly suited for grilling – it brings out their natural sweetness, and adds a subtle smoky flavour. Same goes for the spring onions and red peppers, which take on sweet and smoky flavours all their own from being lightly charred on the grill.

Grilling Vegetables

Standard-issue church lady potato salad, this ain’t.  And while it might not fit in at a church basement potluck, but it’s just perfect for a sunny summer evening in the backyard, particularly when paired with a juicy grilled steak (or grilled Mennonite smoked pork chops from the farmers market, like we did).

Grilled Potato Salad

Trust me. Next time you’re in the mood for potato salad, put away the mayonnaise jar and fire up the grill instead.You’ll be ever so glad you did.


Disclosure: In exchange for my participation in the Foodies for Klondike Rose Challenge, I was provided with a basket of ingredients and a grocery gift card by EarthFresh.
For more information about Klondike Rose potatoes, please visit EarthFresh on Facebook.


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Grilled Potato Salad with Charred Onions and Peppers
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Grilling takes ordinary potato salad to the next level. A tangy mustard and herb vinaigrette pairs perfectly with the smoky and sweet flavours of charred spring onion and roasted peppers.
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
  • ¼ cup apple cider or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2.5 lbs Klondike Rose potatoes
  • 1 large red pepper, cut into quarters
  • 1 bunch spring onions or green onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Prepare the vinaigrette:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Prepare the salad:
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Rinse and scrub the potatoes. Cut up into quarters (or eighths, if the potatoes are on the larger side).
  3. Dump into the pot of boiling water and cook until just barely tender, about 5-6 minutes. Drain the potatoes and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, fire up your grill and preheat on high for 5 minutes or so, then drop the heat to medium-high.
  5. Toss the green onions and peppers with 1 tbsp olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange on the preheated grill and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until onions are lightly charred and peppers are tender-crisp, turning over every so often. Transfer to a platter.
  6. Toss potatoes with remaining tbsp olive oil, and arrange on the grill. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until quite soft and golden-brown all over, turning the potatoes occasionally and moving them around as needed to ensure all sides are evenly browned. Transfer to a large serving bowl.
  7. Pour the prepared vinaigrette over the hot potatoes, and toss to coat evenly.
  8. Trim the tops and bottoms off the onions, and brush off any charred or peeling skin from the peppers. Roughly chop, add to the salad and toss until evenly combined.
  9. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the potato salad for at least 1 hour before serving, or up to 2 days.



  1. says

    I hate overly mayo-ie potato salads! You’re right, yours looks nothing like that. It simply looks perfect and delicious.

  2. says

    What a gorgeous salad! I’ve never thought to grill potatoes. Well done, I hope you win the contest!!!

  3. says

    This sounds fantastic. I’m not normally a huge potato salad fan, but grilling the potatoes makes it seem pretty irresistible.

  4. says

    I agree with PolaM! Perfect beside a nice steak. Throw a nice beer into the mix and I’m sold! This is a dish MADE for the backdeck. I love the apple cider vinegar addition!

  5. says

    What perfect potato salad. Grilling the ingredients must have hiked up the flavour by a hundred times. Perfect with that light vinaigrette. Superb!

    • Isabelle says

      I’m in love with these potatoes too! I hadn’t tried them before the challenge, since we tend to use Yukon Golds for most things, but these babies might just be my new favourite all-purpose spud now that I’ve discovered them. Such a great flavour.

  6. Karen says

    Sounds great! I don’t see any mustard in the recipe though. That’s what piqued my interest in this recipe. Am I missing something?

    • Isabelle says

      Thanks for catching that omission, Karen. There should be 2 tsp Dijon mustard in the dressing – recipe has been fixed.

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