Warm Grilled Potato and Fennel Salad with Herbed Buttermilk Dressing
- 2 pounds small white potatoes, scrubbed clean and patted dry
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large fennel bulb, stem removed and fronds reserved, wiped clean, bottom left intact, and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 large sweet onion, such as Walla Walla, Texas Sweet, Maui or Vidalia, peeled, ends trimmed, and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
- Herbed Buttermilk Dressing, recipe follows
Preheat the grill to medium-high.
Place the potatoes in the center of a double thickness of heavy aluminum foil. Toss with 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Wrap up in the foil, turning up the edges to seal. Place the potatoes on the grill and cook until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and cut into wedges.
Meanwhile, brush the fennel and onion slices on both sides with the remaining olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Place on the grill and cook until marked and tender, and starting to turn golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and place on a cutting board. Roughly chop.
Combine the potatoes, fennel and onions in a large bowl and while warm, toss with the Herbed Buttermilk Dressing. Adjust the seasoning, to taste, and serve immediately.Herbed Buttermilk Dressing:
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
Reserved fennel fronds
In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, vinegar, and hot pepper sauce. Add the remaining ingredients and the chopped fennel fronds, to taste (1 to 2 tablespoons). Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Pour over the vegetables and toss to coat evenly.
Yield: 1 1/4 cups
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