Cranberry Potato Kidney Bean Salad

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 cranberry potato and kidney bean salad photo by vsimon

In our big backyard garden, we grew cranberry potatoes. They are red skinned with pinkish flesh. I thought, what could we do with potatoes? Potato salad! And since it’s chilly outside, warm potato salad!

I had made Garlicky Green Bean and Potato Salad this summer and liked it so much, I thought what can I do to expand on that recipe? How can I showcase cranberry potatoes?  What could I change in the recipe to make it unique and delicious?

Dried cranberries, red onions, rosemary,  kidney beans!

The potatoes and kidney beans are smooth and creamy. The dried cranberries are chewy and sweet. The red onion is red and crisp. The vinegar is tangy. The rosemary is fragrant and flavorful. It is all good.

The cranberry potatoes we dug for this recipe are only slightly pink. Sometimes the flesh is very pink. Cranberry potatoes taste just like regular red skinned potatoes with white flesh. So buy whatever kind the store has, any red skinned potato will work here.

This recipe is simple, all you need to cook is the potatoes. They are 3 minutes quick in a pressure cooker. Or about 15 minutes on the stovetop.

cranberry potato salad

close up photo by vsimon

Cranberry Potato Kidney Bean Salad

Serves 4-6 metric measures
1 pound red potatoes, diced 480 gm
¼ cup dried cranberries 40 gm
¼ cup diced red onion 30 gm
1-15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 450 gm
6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 90 ml
2 tablespoons olive oil 30 ml
2 tablespoons potato water 30 ml
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced 5 gm
Salt and pepper to taste  

Dice potatoes and cook until tender. Cook on the stovetop covered with water for about 15 minutes. Or in a pressure cooker with 1/2 cup water for 3 minutes.

Drain potatoes, reserving some of the water. Cool a bit. Put into a large bowl with dried cranberries, onion, and kidney beans.

Whisk together vinegar, oil, potato water, and rosemary. Toss with the other ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

This is lovely served warm on a chilly day. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary if you have it.


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pink cranberry potato and kidney bean salad photo by vsimon

What is your favorite potato salad?

3 thoughts on “Cranberry Potato Kidney Bean Salad”

  1. You know Linda, one of the reasons I love your blog is because I always seem to learn about some new variety of fruit or vegetable I didn’t know about before. Keep up the great work!