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Grilled Potato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

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Looking for a potato salad sure to dazzle the pants off your guests?

This is it.

Grilled Potato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette.

Blake and I have been making this extroverted version of potato salad for many years. You could definitely say it’s a staple recipe in our house. Not exactly one that our kids look forward to (blue cheese = “what’s that smell?” and “yuck!”), but one that is reserved for the two of us and our blue cheese lovin’ friends.

This potato salad is no traditional potato salad. No mayo, hard boiled eggs, or pickles involved. I know for a fact that I have relatives who would not even call this potato salad. It’s unconventional. And it’s over-the-top fabulous.

We always, always, always serve this platter of deliciousness alongside grilled beef, as the potatoes and blue cheese make for a natural pairing. Ribeyes, T-bones, or a tenderloin…any of these are swell choices. Blake seasons the beef very simply with a sprinkling of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to let the ultra flavorful potato salad shine.

And if you’re looking to completely round out this sure-to-dazzle meal, open a beautiful bottle of red. A Malbec or Pinot Noir would do very nicely. Then raise your glass to great food and unconventionality.

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Grilled Potato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 -6 servings
prep time: 10 minutes
cook time: 20 minutes
total time: 30 minutes
Grilled Potato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette is an extravagant potato salad recipe to go alongside your BBQ. Topped with a delicious homemade blue cheese vinaigrette, this side salad may just become the star of your meal!
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  • 16 small new red potatoes do not peel
  • olive oil for brushing potato slices
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 oz. watercress coarsely chopped
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 small shallot finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ c. olive oil
  • ½ c. crumbled blue cheese


  • In a large pot of salted water, boil the potatoes until just cooked through. Do not let them get too soft and overcooked. This should take about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes. Test for doneness by piercing a potato with a thin skewer or fork. If it meets some resistance, but can slide all the way through, they’re done. Drain the potatoes immediately. Let cool. This step can be done a few hours in advance. Just set them on the counter. Do not refrigerate. 
  • Now make the blue cheese vinaigrette. Whisk the vinegar, honey, shallot, mustard, olive oil, and blue cheese together. The vinaigrette can be made a few hours in advance. Cover and keep refrigerated.
  • Heat your grill to medium-high. Liberally oil the grill grates.
  • Cut the potatoes into 1/4″-thick slices. This next part gets a bit tedious. Here’s how I prefer to do it. Lay the slices out on a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan. Brush both sides with oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. It’s really not that bad. Just keep reminding yourself of the end result you get to indulge in.
  • And now for Tedious: Chapter #2. Lay all those potato slices out on your grill grate. Grill until lightly charred on both sides, about 5 minutes total.
  • Arrange the watercress on a platter. Top with the potatoes. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top, while your potatoes are still warm so they will absorb the vinaigrette better. Sprinkle with the scallions. Serve immediately.


adapted from Boy Gets Grill by Bobby Flay

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 593kcal Carbohydrates: 82g Protein: 13g Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 285mg Fiber: 8g Sugar: 8g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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24 comments on “Grilled Potato Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette”

  1. this looks delicious except for the blue cheese – i don’t like blue cheese. any ideas for a substitute??

  2. Flora Carroll

    Wonderful presentation and awesome combo of ingredients. This sounds like an excellent recipe, especially since blue cheese is among my favorite cheeses. Looks amazing! Have you tried Faribault Dairy’s cheeses?

  3. Wonderful presentation and awesome combo of ingredients. nicely captured.First time i am visiting ur space. nice collection of recipes

  4. Russell at Chasing Delicious

    Yum! I love potatoes and the vinaigrette sounds delicious! What an awesome take on the potato salad.

    1. Nice to hear from you Monica! If you don’t have a grill or a gill pan, I could imagine roasting the potato slices on high heat in the oven, until you achieve some crispiness. Then just assemble per the recipe. It would have a very similar effect.

  5. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Extroverted potato salad – I love that description! It sounds like my kind of potato salad – no mayo and lots of flavor!

    1. Thanks, Sylvie! I love a good tangy oil and vinegar dressing – and this is a super one with the blue cheese, as it adds just a touch of creaminess and lots of bold flavor.

  6. Minnesota Prairie Roots

    This sounds like an excellent recipe, especially since blue cheese is among my favorite cheeses. Fortunately, my favorite blue cheeses, Amablu and St. Pete’s Select are made right here in my community of Faribault and aged in sandstone caves. Have you tried Faribault Dairy’s cheeses? I would highly recommend them to blue cheese lovers.

    1. I’m not sure about the optional pants part. But a forgiving waistband would be great!! Hope you’re having a great weekend, Paula!

  7. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

    Looks amazing! I love blue cheese and it sounds like the perfect complement to grilled potatoes. Can’t wait to try this!