Fingerling Potatoes with Herb Vinaigrette

I made these fingerling potatoes a few days ago as part of a composed salad and we loved them so much I made them again tonight just on their own, to accompany steak. These potatoes can be served warm, room temp, or cold. Chilled, they are perfect for hot summer days. Key ingredients are the vermouth and the chopped fresh herbs.

Fingerling Potatoes with Herb Vinaigrette Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 6-8.


  • 2 pounds red or yellow fingerling potatoes (small new potatoes), scrubbed and halved
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth


1 Place potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water by about an inch. Bring to a boil and add a teaspoon of salt to the water. Lower the heat to a simmer and let simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 6-8 minutes.

2 While potatoes are cooking, prepare the herb vinaigrette. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice shallots, thyme, basil, oregano, mustard, sugar, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

3 Strain potatoes from the water and place them in a large bowl. Sprinkle the potatoes generously with salt and pepper. Sprinkle on the vermouth and toss to coat. Let the potatoes sit for one minute to soak in the vermouth and then add the herb vinaigrette. Gently toss until all potatoes are coated with the vinaigrette. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Serve slightly warm, room temperature, or chilled.

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Inspired by a salad recipe in Cook's Illustrated.

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  • Patricia Scarpin

    These are delicious, indeed, Elise – mouthwatering, too!

  • Rose

    Lovely potato salad Elise. Never thought about adding oregano to my salad. Thanks for the tip. I will have to try it very soon.How about today?

  • me

    I made this using sweet potatoes instead of potatoes and red onion instead of shallots.
    Came out a bit mushier than the potatoes would, but it was delicious. Sweet potato peels are tasty :)
    I’ve been reading this for a while now, and I make things from the site all the time. My roommates and I thank you for some wonderful meals !!

  • Donna

    This recipe sounds really good. Will it taste just as good without the vermouth? What can I use in place of the vermouth? Thanks!

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