Victor Protasio
Hands-On Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 hour, 20 minutes
serves 6

Steam-roasting the beets and potatoes in this easy salad recipe makes them tender and creamy without relying on a lot of oil. A traditional German potato salad calls for boiling the potatoes, but this is an easier, hands-off method that takes care of both the potatoes and beets at once. They get tossed with crispy bacon and a cidery-mustard vinaigrette for a new take on a classic salad. Serve alongside roasted chicken, grilled steak, or, of course, sausages.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place beets, potatoes, and 1 cup water in a 13- by-9-inch baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and season with ½ teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and roast until beets and potatoes are tender when pierced with a small sharp knife, 45 to 55 minutes. Uncover and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes.

Step 2

Peel cooled beets, slice into wedges, and transfer to a large bowl. Using your hands, gently crush potatoes into bite-size pieces and add to beets.

Step 3

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium, turning occasionally, until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain on a paper towel–lined plate and let cool 5 minutes. Break or chop into pieces and add to beets and potatoes.

Step 4

Whisk together vinegar, mustard, shallot, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, and several grinds of pepper in a small bowl. Pour dressing over beet mixture and toss to combine. Serve at room temperature.

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