Rethinking The “Classic” Potato Salad

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Rethinking Classic Potato Salad (photo by LivligaHome)
As we look forward to summerand the Memorial Day holiday, many of us are planning our special meals. Central to the backyard barbecue or the tailgate picnic we anticipate is the classic potato salad.  The challenge I have always seen with the mayonnaise-based salad is two-fold: it can go rancid in the heat as it sits out baking in the sun; and it is higher in calories and carbs than other potato salads you can choose that are equally, if not more, delectable.

Two of our favorite potato salads have a vinegar-based dressing that keeps fresher and longer out on the picnic table, tastes delicious and each has less calories and carbs than the classic potato salad.  They are German Hot Potato Salad and Grilled Garlic and Portobello Potato Salad. The Grilled Garlic and Portobello Potato Salad is adapted from a Cooking Light recipe I found years ago. My recipe is:

Ingredients-
5 cups sliced red potato (@2 ¼ lbs)
½ cup sliced green onions
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
3 Tbls lemon juice
2 Tbls capers
2 Tbls extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbls balsamic vinegar
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried tarragon
¼ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
8 garlic cloves, roasted and finely chopped
2 portobello mushroom caps, grilled and thinly sliced
Olive Oil Cooking Spray

Directions-
1. Place sliced potato in a large saucepan, and cover with water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until potato is tender; drain. Let cool.
2. Place the garlic and mushrooms whole in a heated and sprayed cast-iron skillet. Roast/grill, turning regularly, until the garlic and mushrooms are golden brown. Remove from skillet and chop/slice. Let cool.
3. Combine green onions, parsley, lemon juice, capers, olive oil, and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add potato, garlic and mushroom. Toss well.

Serves: 8. Serving size 1 cup. Calories: 119. Calories from fat 27%; Fat 3.6g; Satfat 0.5g; Monofat 2.5g; Polyfat 0.4g; Protein 2.8g; Carbohydrate 20g; Fiber 2.1g; Cholesterol 0.0mg; Iron 1.3mg; Sodium 177mg; Calcium 24mg.

Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!



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Re-posted from Sheila's Blog on TheEpochTimes.com.

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