Potato and purslane salad

Purslane is a wild food–or, as many a gardener would say, a weed–that often grows in great abundance where we least want it to be. (Isn’t that the definition of “weed,” anyway?) However, it is very nutritious.

Here’s one fine way to use purslane: in a potato salad.  I found a vinaigrette version online. It’s very tasty.

Don’t use all the salad dressing at first–pour a little on and see how much you’ll need. Any that’s left over will be good on pasta or tossed salad.

6 small to medium redskin potatoes, scrubbed and unpeeled
2 cups washed purslane leaves
4 scallions, sliced thin

Dressing:

1/2 cup olive oil
2 T. lemon juice (or more, to taste)
2 T. red wine vinegar (or more,to taste)
garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. dry tarragon
1/2 to 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cook the potatoes with their skins on until just tender. Drain and plunge into cold water. Let cool. Peel and cut into slices, chunks, or dice, as you prefer.

Chop purslane coarsely. Add purslane and scallions to potatoes.

Mix dressing ingredients until emulsified (I like to shake them in a jar). Pour over salad until it looks and tastes right. Chill. If the salad sits around in the fridge for a while before serving, you may need to add a little more dressing just at serving time so it’s moist enough.

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