The Mother of All Potato Salads
One nice thing about potato salad is that it’s, well . . . a salad. And the classic French version is a very basic salad indeed.
Think of the classic green salad. The formula is uncomplicated and endlessly adaptable: Take lettuce, toss with oil and vinegar, season with salt and pepper. Perhaps add shallots or other aromatics for flavoring (fresh herbs go well). That’s it.
Now, replace the lettuce with warm sliced potatoes and you have — French Potato Salad. Simple, easy, and quick to prepare.
What’s more, once you know how to make this classic recipe, you’ll have the foundation for every other type of potato salad out there (mayonnaise, mustard, whatever). The basic technique is always the same — you just add layers of flavoring and additional ingredients.