Garden Bean & Red Potato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Garden Bean & Red Potato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

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  • Garden Bean & Red Potato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
  • Crispy, oven roasted potatoes are lightly seasoned with rosemary and sea salt. Then, a trio of garden fresh beans and peas are sauteed to tender perfection. The potatoes and veggies are gently tossed together and drizzled with a homemade basil vinaigrette. This is the perfect side dish to any meal, and it’s definitely not your grandma’s potato salad!
  • Whenever I think that I’ve lost something (my keys, my wallet… my sanity) I know that my two little boys are probably to blame. They have an incredible ability to hide things where I can’t find them. Like the time I found my long lost credit card in my running shoe. Or the time my hairbrush went missing, only to show up several days later… in the freezer.
  • I’ve gotten used to the random Lego dude showing up in the washing machine or the Matchbox car in the dishwasher, but when something important (usually belonging to me) can’t be found, the shtick gets bit old.
  • Why am I telling you all of this? Because the most recent item to disappear was the memory card for my camera! The very same memory card that holds every photo I’ve taken over the last two years – all 6,500 of them. That teeny tiny speck of plastic contains every important moment of our lives from 2012 thorough now. The pink and wrinkly feet of our newborn son, Christmas mornings by the tree, birthday parties, and soccer games. If we did it, it was captured forever in time on that little memory card.
  • It also contains a lot of the photos that I take for this blog. Including the pictures that I snapped for this post. So imagine my horror several months ago when I went to grab the memory card from it’s usual hiding place, only to find it missing. I looked everywhere, and I mean absolutely, positively, turn-this-house-upside everywhere! No luck.
  • Then, the other day, my oldest son walked up to me with something in his hand. I couldn’t believe it when I saw my memory card in the palm of his hand. Where had it been all summer? Why did it disappear? And why did he all of a sudden remember where it was?!
  • So many questions, all of which I’m certain will forever remain unanswered. Questions aside, I was ecstatic to have it back in my possession again. At this point I figured it had long ago been flushed down the drain or buried in the back yard (very legitimate possibilities with my two crazy boys).
  • At the time I created this recipe, I was so excited to share it with you all. It’s packed with garden fresh, seasonal veggies and is a perfect summer side dish. The fava beans, which were the inspiration for the dish came right out of my mom’s garden. These pictures are of the bean plants that she grew this year!
  • Now it’s September and we’ve traded in fava beans for fall veggies, and peas for pumpkins. I decided to go ahead and share this recipe for Garden Bean and Red Potato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette with you any way. Why? Because even this time of year, it makes one heck of a side dish. You can leave out the fava beans if they’re not available and just add a handful more of peas and green beans instead. Also, I figured if I share it now, you can Pin it on Pinterest to save it for next year. Gives you something to look forward to next year!
  • This isn’t your average potato salad. There’s no mayo or wacky ingredients, just pure and simple garden fresh goodness in every bite.  The potatoes are crispy and the peas and green beans are fresh and crunchy. Of course, basil makes everything taste better, so tossing everything in this bright green, bold, basil vinaigrette takes it top over the top!
  • Garden Bean & Red Potato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
  • For the Potato Salad:
  • INGREDIENTS
  • 3 lbs small red potatoes (organic if possible), cut into small wedges
  • 2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp course sea salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 cup fava beans, shelled
  • 2 cups of peas (fresh, not frozen, is best)
  • 1 cup of fresh green beans, cut into 1″ pieces (I used the green & yellow beans from my garden, but regular green beans will work just fine)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp organic salted butter
  • Additional salt & pepper, to taste
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