Aussie Potato Salad

Remove mayonnaise, add a tangy vinaigrette and charred greens. And what does it mean? It means magic. This dish is refreshing but filling. It’s also something that’s made up of basically everything we have lying around in our pantry too. Brough to us by our friends over in Byron Bay, the Three Blue Ducks.


Serving for 6

5 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more
2 pounds waxy fingerling potatoes
Kosher salt
1 pound shallots (about 12), unpeeled
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped cornichons
2 tablespoons drained capers
1 bunch Tuscan kale, ribs and stems removed
3 scallions, sliced
1 cup parsley leaves with tender stems


Prepare a grill for medium-high heat; lightly oil grate. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and pour in cold water to cover by 1″. Season with salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until tender, 15–18 minutes. Drain and return to saucepan.

Meanwhile, grill shallots, turning occasionally, until skins are blackened and flesh is tender, 15–20 minutes. Let cool. Halve lengthwise and scoop out insides (discard skins).

Whisk lemon juice, vinegar, and 3 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Add cornichons, capers, and potatoes and toss to coat.

Toss kale and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl; season with salt. Grill, turning often, until charred and crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Fold into salad along with scallions, parsley, and shallots.

Do Ahead: Potato salad can be made 1 hour ahead. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Recipe: Three Blue Ducks | Photograph: Chris Searl