Bringing Healthy Food to Your Potluck: Classic Potato Salad Recipe

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I don’t know if our ‘cool family’ score went up over the past year, or people heard I make a pretty awesome pepper salad, but we’ve been invited to more potlucks this summer, than all the past 15 years combined!

Every dinner social we go to have the same rule:

Bring a salad or dessert to share.

The old me chose to make a dessert every time.  After all, desserts are usually cheaper to make, and I loved having an excuse to bake.  The new me however, chooses salads every time.  I love having something healthy at a potluck to eat, in the event everyone else chooses dessert, and there are no salads on the table at all.  Plus, I can sample other people’s desserts, without having the temptation at home, and half of the dish is gone before we arrive.

Last night was another potluck social.  Saturday night, we got home so late from Moab, that I didn’t want to go to the store for ingredients to make a salad.  However, you know what we always have: Potatoes.  It has been awhile since I’ve used my Classic Potato Salad Recipe, and besides, what’s more American than a potato salad to share with our foreign visitors, in whose honor the potluck was held.

First, we started by peeling and chopping 10 potatoes.

Classic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQ

Apparently, there is a right and a wrong way to chop pototoes, and my dear husband can’t stand to watch me to do it “the wrong way”.  So, he took over to school me in the cutting department.  To make the potato pieces more uniform, you first cut the potatoes lengthwise:

Classic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQ

Then, take your strips and cut them crosswise

Classic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQ

We also had some peppers (we always have peppers), so we added them to our potato salad too!

Classic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQ

and as we were cutting up the yellow pepper, we found this strange green growth inside it:

Classic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQ
Classic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQ

Our final recipe is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 10 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 bell peppers, one red, one yellow, and one orange, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup homemade mayo, nayonaise, or veganaise
  • 1 TBL mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, immerse all chopped potatoes. Boil on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes, or just until potatoes begin to soften.
  2. Drain cooked potatoes and let cool.
  3. Chop all other veggies, and place in a large bowl with the cooled potatoes.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the dressing.
  5. Pour dressing on top of veggies and toss to coat. Chill until ready to eat, at least 4-5 hours.

Classic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQClassic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQClassic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQ

Aren’t these girls adorable?

Classic Potato Salad! You only need one recipe for this, so save it for your next potluck or BBQ

And, guess what? Tomorrow we are headed to another potluck! It’s a holiday in Utah (July 24th) so, you know… more parties

Smile

More in the Healthy Potluck Series

  • Potluck Party Pepper Salad
  • Poppyseed Salad
  • Big Fruit Salad

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7 Comments

Altough this looks delicious I feel its falls short of your usual over the top healthiness that I love about your recepies. Yes the peppers are a nice addition but have you considered using greek yogurt for half or all of the mayo. How about califlower for half of the potatoes. None the less for just arriving home with limited groceries it does look yummy. Checking your blog daily and enjoying it everytime 🙂

I have tried it with Greek Yogurt, and we love it!! You are right though, I was just using what I had and we had no Greek yogurt. 🙁

@ Renee Mack
I don’t see this a diet blog to reduce calories. I see this as a blog that post recipes using whole foods with a strong focus on fruits and vegetables. This recipe has vegetables and eggs in a homemade dressing, plenty of nutrients are in this. Healthy eating doesn’t mean no flavor.
I’m glad that you see changes that you want to make and you want to share with the author and other readers but you’re not the editor so you don’t need to tell Amy what she should be doing. Comments are much more positive when people use I-statements, not You-statements. “I’m going to make this with cauliflower and Greek yogurt to make it more healthy for me” would get your message across without sounding so critical.

Looks like a very unique texture, thanks to your husbands cutting the potatoes. I rarely see potato chunks this small and uniform. Great idea with the papers…definitely will try those next time.