Armenian-Style Potato Salad

Armenian-Style Potato Salad

Potato salad is the first food I remember eating, so I really do have a deep emotional attachment, but every so often, I crave something completely different—and this Armenian-style potato salad is completely different. And completely delicious. Serve drizzled with more olive oil and garnished with more fresh mint.
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  1. Step 1

    Transfer sliced potatoes into a large pot with enough cold water to cover the potatoes by a couple of inches. Stir in 1 rounded tablespoon kosher salt and 2 ½ teaspoons dried mint. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and let cook until tender, about 15 minutes, checking every 5 to 6 minutes for doneness. Drain well.
  2. Step 2

    Transfer cooked potatoes to a large mixing bowl and let cool slightly.
  3. Step 3

    While potatoes cool, heat ¼ cup olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add red onion, red bell pepper, garlic, and a pinch of salt; cook and stir for just 1 minute. Turn off the heat and stir in remaining dried mint.
  4. Step 4

    Drizzle freshly squeezed lemon juice into potatoes and toss gently with a spatula. Add green onions, red onion mixture, remaining olive oil, fresh mint, fresh parsley, salt to taste, black pepper, chili flakes, and cayenne. Mix with a spatula until combined.
  5. Step 5

    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled and flavors have melded, 3 to 4 hours.
  6. Step 6

    Unwrap; stir, taste, and adjust seasonings as needed to personal tastes. The salad almost always needs more salt stirred in once it's tasted after being chilled. Serve.