Harvest Moon Potato Salad

I’ve never understood why exactly, but arugula’s peppery flavor is balanced by the spicy tang of mustard — despite them being from the same plant family. This composed salad of mostly cooked vegetables shows off the best of early autumn’s bounty.

Serves: 8
Takes: 30 minutes, plus 1 hour to chill

Ingredients

1.5 pounds new potatoes
0.5 pounds green beans
3 cups chopped arugula leaves
3-4 sweet peppers (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon stoneground mustard
salt, pepper and red wine vinegar to taste

Directions

Boil 1 1/2 lbs. of potatoes in salted water until fork tender. Drain and rinse, then allow to cool. The potatoes should be firm but not crunchy.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 425. Trim 1/2 lb. of green beans and cut in halves.  Remove the cores and seeds from 3-4 sweet peppers and slice thinly lengthwise.  Toss the beans and the peppers with 2 T. olive oil, salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven on a cookie sheet until the beans begin to brown and the peppers are soft, about 10 minutes.

Cut the potatoes in large dice. Make a dressing with 1 T. each stoneground mustard and olive oil, then add red wine vinegar to taste.

Toss just enough dressing with the potatoes and roasted vegetables to coat them lightly, then add 3 C. arugula leaves and toss to combine. Best if refrigerated one hour before serving.

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