Don’t get me wrong, I like barbecue as much as the next girl. (Unless of course the next girl is from Texas or any other southern state. In which case, I probably don’t like barbecue as much as she does.) But I like the side dishes that come along with barbecue infinitely more. This isn’t even specific to barbecue, however. Even in restaurants, I tend to order entrees less because of the main feature and more because of the things it comes with. To me, it’s more important that I get the dish with the butternut squash casserole or the caramelized eggplant than it is that I get the salmon over the snapper. That’s probably a very strange way to order meals but I guess my mind works in strange and unusual ways.

So on the one night this weekend that it didn’t rain, we decided to throw together some burgers. I had bought some ground turkey from Trader Joe’s in preparation for this, combined them with some salsa verde, chili powder, cumin, and onion and handed them off to my dad for grilling. Then I set to the sides. First off: the potato salad.

I have made many potato salads in my day since my dad absolutely loves them. Very few of them have contained mayo. This is the best one to date. It mixes a roasted garlic olive oil-based dressing with some cut up chives and yukon gold potatoes, a combination which is absolutely delicious. What makes it even better is that I got the chives from the farmer’s market this weekend – go me for supporting local produce. I got this recipe from Sunset magazine (via Make this. Soon.

Garlic Smashed Potato Salad
Serves 5, adapted from Sunset magazine

2 1/2 lb potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
2 heads of garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp white wine
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup chives

1. Preheat oven to 400. Cut garlic heads in half cross-wise and wrap tightly in tin foil. Bake until garlic is very soft and golden (45-60 minutes). When garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze cloves into a small bowl. Add olive oil, wine, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Mash with a fork until the texture is smooth.

2. Combine potatoes with water. Bring to a boil and then simmer until potatoes are tender. Drain and return to pan.

3. Add garlic mixture and chives to the potatoes. Let cool and then serve.

Next up we have our second bbq side: the slaw. I’ll be honest with you. I have never made slaw before. My mom has made cole slaw many times by mixing a bag of premixed cabbage/carrots/etc with some mayo and vineger but I’ve never really liked mayo so I’ve never had anything to do with it. Then I saw this recipe for spicy cilantro peanut slaw on Kalyn’s Kitchen and I knew I had to make it – it has some of my favorite things – cilantro AND peanuts. I was actually surprised at how well the dressing for this came together and even MORE surprised at how much my dad liked it. I would use this dressing again for just a regular salad and could see it being good with asparagus and broccoli.

Spicy Cilantro Peanut Slaw
Serves 6, adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen
1/2 head green cabbage
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
1/2 cup scallions
1/2 cup cilantro
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp agave nectar
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tsp sriracha
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut cabbage head in half and save one half for another salad. Slice the cabbage very thinly and then chop those slices into very small pieces. My mom was amazed at how small I got the pieces to be. I attribute it to using her good cutting knife which I have already told her I’m taking with me when I move to Manhattan. Thinly slice green onions, chop cilantro and chop peanuts.
2. In a bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients for the dressing until well combined.
3. Gently combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl – the solids first and then the liquids. Toss until the everything is coated.
I am submitting this to Weekend Herb Blogging which is being hosted this week by Graziana of Erbe in Cucina.

Also, on a slightly clerical note, I just found out that I won the Barbecue Bible T-Shirt Giveaway from the Foodie Blogroll! If you are a food blogger who HASN’T joined the foodie blogroll – what are you waiting for?!?!?

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14 Responses to Slaws and Potato Salads

  1. Reeni? says:

    Yay for winning the t-shirt!! My Mom makes cole slaw the same way as yours and my Dad hates it. I am the designated cole-slaw maker now. I love this spicy one especially with the crunchy peanuts. And the potato salad is definitely a winner!

  2. Megan says:

    Wow – great looking salads! Although I happen to love mayo-based salad, it’s good to expand one’s point of view, don’t you think? 🙂

  3. Denise says:

    I also love the sides. I love anything with cilantro, so that is calling my name.

  4. Pam says:

    I am bookmarking this! Both of those sound wonderful!

  5. ttfn300 says:

    now that’s a potato salad i might actually eat! i never liked it before (despite liking mayo then). I spied that slaw too, looks great 🙂

  6. burpandslurp says:

    Love them, esp…well, BOTH of them, I can’t choose! I love the peanuts in the slaw, and all the bold flavors in the potatoes!

  7. Natashya says:

    Mmmm, two heads of garlic…

  8. Debinhawaii says:

    They both look delicious but I think the potato salad gets my vote!

  9. That potato salad looks great.

  10. Juliette says:

    That potato salad looks great! Also, check out my blog for a blog award.

  11. jlarson750 says:

    This one I will try, I love cilantro and peanuts and my mom just gave me a cabbage from her garden.

  12. Graziana says:

    I use boiled potatoes for the salad… but using baked ones sounds better! Thank you for sharing this with WHB!

  13. ejm says:

    I’m with you on the essential extras at a barbecue. Especially if this potato salad and slaw is there! (Had to google to learn that sriracha is Thai hot sauce.) Both of those look great!


    (Thanks for the reminder to get some cabbage.)

  14. theUngourmet says:

    I bet this is great warm or cold. Yum! My dad is crazy for potato salad too!

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