Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Allegedly healthy potato and green bean salad

Does 'potato' count as part of one's daily requirement of vegetables? 
If yes, then are potato chips, dare I say, healthy?

Probably taking it a bit too far, but it's a thought, isn't it?  For some reason, kipfler (or fingerling) potatoes have a healthier vibe to me.  Maybe because they've been fairly rare on the supermarket shelves before now.  Anyway, the kipfler is a waxy potato, which makes it perfect in salads, because they are less likely to break up when cooked and tossed.  Also, like all potatoes, kipflers are high GI, so are good if you need a quick burst of energy after a bout of exercise (ha!).  Though apart from that, they probably aren't the best choice for weight loss.

And because my star sign is Libra, I need to balance out the doubtful healthfulness of potatoes with the goodness of other veges, like green beans. And then balance that out with some bacon.  Swings and roundabouts, people!

Roast potatos with green beans and bacon
serves 4

6 kipfler potatoes, halved lengthways
4 rashers bacon, chopped
1 tblsp olive oil
salt and black pepper
100g green beans, trimmed and blanched

Mustard dressing:
1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
1 tblsp white wine vinegar
1 tblsp lemon juice
1 tblsp Dijon mustard

1. For the mustard dressing: place the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepperin a bowl and whisk until well combined.
2. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).  Place potatoes, bacon and oil in a baking dish, sprinkle with salt and toss to coat.  Roast for 40 minutes., turning occasionally, or until crisp and golden.
3. Serve the roasted potatoes with the green beans and drizzled with mustard dressing.

recipe adapted from donna hay (dec/jan 2011)

Ingredients, including kipfler potatoes (with pot/potato scrubber), bacon, green beans and prepared mustard dressing.  The original recipe uses speck (cured ham) instead of bacon.
This salad makes a lovely, light lunch or dinner. 
Health formula: Bacon + potato =  green beans


  1. Bel, this potato salad with green beans looks fabulous...sure very healthy and colorful....and I'll definitely serve with bacon :-)

  2. Love your justification for popping some bacon into your salad...brilliant idea!

  3. haha you made me laugh! Love this post, and the salad as well.

  4. there is no question that bacon is required ;)

  5. Eh, potatoes aren't so bad! And there's always room in my diet for bacon. Even if I'm allegedly "dieting". This sounds delicious!

  6. I would love some of this potato bacon salad! It looks so appetizing and satisfying.

  7. 'Allegedly' healthy hey? Haha being a lover of potatos this salad would be the death of me (well more my health) because I would want extra servings. Suppose your justification of balancing out with the beans sounds like a good idea =D

  8. Haha, and bacon makes everything taste better! But everything in moderation, even for those of us who aren't Librans.

  9. Is that chorizo I spy in the green salad in the background (or tomatoes)? Sounds and looks like a gorgeous salad but I reckon you just need to switch off your dieting radar for this one :)

  10. If only green beans were truly that miraculous from a health perspective to negate bacon & potatoes.

    Not to say that it'd stop me making/eating this! :)

  11. Hee hee are you still a Libra? Just checking :P
    But potatoes are definitely a must have mmm starchy goodness

  12. I love kipflers, they are the best potatoes around!

  13. Ehehehehe. Funny post Bell.. Kipfler is a healthy potato, afterall its a slimmer version of such a great vegetable.. Well thats how I see it anyways...

  14. You've got beans in this. It must be healthy! lol.

  15. My what a simple yet scrumptious delight for veggies. I could go nuts with this one.