Roasted Potato Salad with Roasted Garlic & Black Olive Gremolata

Inspired by recipes from Nigel Slater, Tender Vol. I

and Toby at Plate Fodder

8x whole baby potatoes (I used baby Red Jackets), washed & unpeeled

1x medium-sized sweet potato, washed, unpeeled & cut into quarters

1x head of garlic, cloves separated but unpeeled

2x stalks of fresh rosemary

olive oil

flaky sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

8x black Kalamata olives

zest of 1/2 a lemon


for dressing:

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Preheat oven to 220 degrees C (425 degrees F).

Place potatoes and sweet potato into a medium sized pot, cover with cold water, place over high heat and bring to the boil.  Boil steadily for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and drain.

Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.  As soon as potatoes are cool enough to handle, place them on the baking sheet and flatten with the heel of your hand.   Pull the leaves off one rosemary stalk, and strew them over the potatoes, along with the garlic clove.  Drizzle liberally with olive oil, and season generously with flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Place the tray of potatoes in the preheated oven, and cook for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes remove the garlic cloves from the tray and set aside, and turn the potatoes over.  Return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the gremolata.  De-seed the olives and chop finely.  Place in a small bowl.  Add the leaves from the remaining stalk of rosemary, and the lemon zest.  Squeeze a couple of now soft garlic cloves into the mixture and stir/mash to combine everything well.

Make the dressing by putting all the ingredients into a small jar and shaking until well combined.

Remove cooked, golden potatoes from the oven, place in a serving bowl, and drizzle liberally with the dressing - do this while the potatoes are still hot and they will really soak up the dressing.  Sprinkle the gremolata over the top, and set aside to cool slightly - this is best served warm.

Note:  You probably noticed that we cooked a whole head of garlic, but only used a couple of cloves here - the rest were saved to go into the gravy for the roast chicken which was the perfect accompaniment to this hearty salad.