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Foster’s Market Roasted New Potato Salad Recipe

After writing about our college journeys to North Carolina and dining at Foster’s Market, I thought I would share Sara Foster’s recipe for her yummy potato salad.

Fosters Market Roasted Potato Salad   Talk of the House

It is not at all like the common mayo based potato and chopped boiled egg combo, although I do like that at times.  The “official” name of this salad is Roasted New Potato Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette.  She says to plan on 1/4 to 1/3 pound of potatoes per person for a side serving.  The recipe here makes 8 to 10 servings.

You will need: 

  • 3 pounds red-skinned potatoes, washed (leave the skin on)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1 kosher dill pickle, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, cut on a diagonal into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (I normally leave this out.)
  • 1 cup Dijon Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Chop the potatoes into fourths.  (These should have been chopped into somewhat smaller pieces.)

2.  Toss the potatoes with the olive oil, salt, pepper,and rosemary in a large, shallow baking dish.  Spread in a single layer in the baking dish.

3.  Roast uncovered 30-35 minutes, until the potatoes are crisp and golden brown.  (I like mine to be very brown. This particular batch needed browning longer in my opinion.)  Set aside to cool at room temperature.

4.  In a large bowl, toss the cooled potatoes with the green bell pepper, red bell pepper, pickle, celery, chives, dill, and vinaigrette. (I only used 1 bell pepper in this batch because I halved the recipe.) Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.  This salad is very good served warm.

Dijon Vinaigrette

You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1.  Whisk together the mustard, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and vinegar in a bowl until well blended.

2.  Add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream, while whisking constantly, until all the oil is incorporated.  Season with salt and pepper.  This vinaigrette will be creamy, but not as thick as mayonnaise.  Refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.

   From The Foster’s Market Cookbook. 

 Hope you enjoy making and eating this!

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susan@avintagefarmwife - May 13, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Yum! This looks delicious, Kelly!
Thanks Susan! It’s one of my favorites…and makes me think of summer.

kim porter - May 8, 2012 - 12:17 am

Thank you so much for the recipe! I have just written it down on my grocery list! It looks delicious! I smell a BBQ come this weekend!!!

College Tours, Foster’s Market, and Potato Salad

Although we live in Georgia, I have always been smitten with colleges in North Carolina…not sure why.  When my oldest was looking for a college to attend, we drove all over North Carolina visiting colleges, hoping to persuade him to attend Wake Forest.  He wasn’t persuaded.

When my middle child was about to choose where to go to school, we drove all over North Carolina visiting colleges..hoping to persuade him to attend UNC, Duke, or Wake.  He wasn’t persuaded.

Now the baby girl is graduating.  So guess what.  We made another trip driving all over NC looking for a college for her to attend.  She really loved Wake…

Admissions Building Wake Forest University (Isn’t it beautiful?!)

but like her older brothers, she has decided to go somewhere different.  Since she is the baby, I guess I have to give up on this idea.  (Maybe grad school???)

After touring Wake and 2 other UNC schools over several days, I suggested that we should eat at Foster’s Market since we were in the area.  When I hear the name Sara FosterI think of food …updated Southern cooking, and I think of cookbooks – cookbooks that I love.

So we decided to have lunch at the Foster’s Market in Durham.  We drove through a torrential rainstorm and then arrived here….

Quite an assortment of tables out front, huh? (Remember this is a college town.)  After parking, we walked through one of the porches and into here.

It was like a wonderful old market with great looking fresh food.  I started looking around at all the neat things in there,and drooling over the yummy looking food in the display cases. (Sorry for the blurry photos…I’m not sure what I was doing with my camera. 🙂 )

We ordered an assortment of sandwiches, salads, and desserts. (Desserts are always the first thing I check out on a menu. 🙂 ) I made sure that I tried their roasted red potato salad.   It is one of our favorite recipes from the original Foster’s Market Cookbook.  This is what mine looks like at home:

Amazingly (at least I thought it was amazing) the dish I had at the restaurant tasted just like the potato salad we make at home from their cookbook.  All of our lunches were delicious – including the desserts.

We were almost finished eating when I heard a voice I recognized.  I turned around, and there was Sara Foster herself – LIVE AND IN PERSON!  Yep, she was there!!!  I could not believe it.  (She’s really short…  a lot shorter than I realized. 🙂 ) My daughter kept saying, “Mom, take her picture. Mom take her picture,”  but I did not want to look like some crazed groupie.  I was going to appear cool.  So…sorry. Don’t shoot me.  I did not take her picture, BUT I did get an autographed cookbook.

All in all a very fun afternoon!

So would you have taken Sara’s picture or not?

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phyllis - May 11, 2012 - 11:11 pm

I’m here, I’m here!!!
So sorry it took so long!
I want to add you to my sidebar but it won’t let me add any…I need to ask somebody to help.
Well…is that you in the picture up top? Or your daughter? Because you are so YOUNG to have kids in college!
I have my first heading off this fall…ohhhh meee!!! HELP.
I always dreamt I’d send my boys to summer camps in North Carolina..what is it about that place? 🙂
Phyllis, you are so funny! I have a monumentally busy weekend, but I am so glad I checked my comments this morning to get a good laugh here. 🙂 Glad you are here. I would love for you to add me to your sidebar…so get some help! The picture above “hello” is me, but the picture from the back (walking at Wake Forest) is my daughter…so not sure which one you are referring to. I’ve been told we look alike, but I think it is the hair….BUT she just died hers dark this week (boo hoo) for the role of Mulan in a musical. Hopefully she will go blonde again for the summer.
Good luck with your child heading to college. Sending the boys off was not quite as challenging as sending a girl off. Boys didn’t care about dorm stuff – mom picked it out. A girl has an opinion on EVERYTHING – down to the last detail. That when I yell HELP!
NC is gorgeous…that’s what it is about the place to me.

Katie - May 5, 2012 - 11:13 pm

I love NC…we went to a wedding recently in the Highlands and it was gorgeous! I could get used to the weather up there and the fact that they have no gnats! Where did your daughter decide to go to school? I only looked at colleges in state bc the HOPE scholarship was such a great deal (my parents were thankful 🙂 I ended up at UGA and loved every minute of it – husband went to AU, so needless to say we are a house divided in the fall! Have a great weekend! PS. I always check out the desserts first, too!
Hi Katie! Highlands IS beautiful. I used to love going there all the time, but since the Old Edwards Inn folks have bought up all of the town it has lost a little of its “small town” appeal. Was the wedding you attended out at the farm of the Old Edwards Inn? That is a gorgeous place.

the farmer's wife - May 4, 2012 - 2:45 pm

That’s so fun! My husband and I collect autographed cookbooks. It’s such a fun momento of a night out or a foodie vacation… or a trip to a college that your children refuse to attend : )

I do find your news disappointing. I have three, too, and I was sure that having three would somehow guarantee that at least one would listen to me. Alas….
Julianna, how smart to collect autographed cookbooks for a memento of a trip. I am going to have to remember that the next time we take a trip.
I hate to break the news to you, but having 3 kids only means that there is 3x the chance of them not doing what you want! (But truthfully, mine are usually a joy most of the time 🙂 )

kim porter - May 4, 2012 - 11:55 am

Ha, Ha! I think I would have tried to appear cool as well (maybe taking a pic of her hind side!) What beautiful places you went to…how I would love to travel to your side of the country! maybe someday…
Kim, I’m glad to know I am not the only one who would want to appear cool. North Carolina is a beautiful state, and the area around Wake Forest is especially gorgeous. They have daylilies by the thousands naturalized in the medians of their highways – totally made me want to come back to Georgia and plant some along the interstate. 🙂

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