Thursday, April 19, 2012

Potato Salad recipe for summer

Perfect Potato Salad
  • 2 cups mayonnaise (I use Best Foods/Hellmans Light Mayo with great results)
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced dried onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

  • 5 pounds potatoes (I prefer to use red potatoes or yukon gold potatoes because I like their firm non-grainy texture)
  • 1 cup sliced olives (obviously fine without, too)
  • 10 hard-boiled eggs*, diced

Simply combine all the ingredients in a blender or in a bowl and give it a whirl or whisk until all ingredients are combined.
For the salad, peel, dice, and boil potatoes until tender but not mushy (I cut my potatoes into bite-size pieces and boil for about 8-10 minutes). Drain potatoes well and pour into a large bowl. Add sliced olives and hard-boiled eggs. Pour dressing over warm potatoes until desired “dressing-level” is reached. I usually make this salad the night before and I pour a thin coating of dressing over the potatoes, olives and eggs while they rest in the fridge overnight. Before serving the next day, I add the rest of the dressing and mix until it looks just right.
*For perfect hard-boiled eggs, place eggs in a deep saucepan; cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 14 minutes. Transfer to an iced water bath; let cool completely. Unpeeled eggs can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
I only had 4 potatoes so I kind of just took my ingredients down several notches without thinking too hard or measuring and it all worked out and was delicious.  So that means this is a very fool-friendly recipe!  I also microwaved my potatoes and then peeled them.  Super fast this way!  Just make sure not to overcook!  The dressing is very tasty- it is an addictive potato salad that doesn't feel too heavy and seems healthy too.  I'll make it many times throughout the summer.

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