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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Home-grown Creamy Potato Salad No Mayonnaise

Home-grown Creamy Potato Salad No Mayonnaise

Potato salad is potato salad. A picnic staple. A summer essential. A carb-watcher's nightmare. Unless I can restrict myself to a small forkful.

Anyway, we had these potatoes in the backyard that were ready to be dug up. Incidentally, the potato flowers are just gorgeous. I never stopped to smell them before, but now that I did, they didn't quite smell like anything, but that's beside the point... They were vivid and perky all the same.

Home-grown Creamy Potato Salad No Mayonnaise

And, there were the potatoes themselves. Not what some would call gorgeous or elegant, but more earthy, rustic, and quite misshapen. Something a consumer with high expectations would avoid picking out and paying for at their favorite green grocer's, but something that might go home from a neighborhood Farmer's market and sit in a wicker basket for photos and provide an interesting topic for offhand chats with friends.

Home-grown Creamy Potato Salad No Mayonnaise

Now, everybody has a favorite potato salad recipe. Or two. Or three. I don't have a favorite or a standard one. Since I turn up my nose on mayonnaise, that particular staple is out. Instead, I prefer thick strained Greek yogurt with some stone ground mustard and olive oil to start off the dressing. And then, whatever is handy gets thrown in, like, chives, green onions, thyme, along with a splash of red wine vinegar, lemon juice, and salt to taste. This time I added a teaspoonful of chipotle in Adobo sauce to the dressing and was pleased with the results.

I know, I should have diligently measured and written down the recipe for the dressing, but, I am a slacker sometimes, sorry about that. As always, if you like to try this recipe, just start off with the listed ingredients and adjust to taste. I like the potato salad creamy/juicy, not too dry, somewhat overdressed.

Home-grown Creamy Potato Salad No Mayonnaise

For the dressing:
Greek yogurt
Stone ground mustard, plus Dijon and yellow mustard to taste
Chipotle in adobo sauce
Olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Lemon juice, plus some zest

For the salad:
steamed potatoes
boiled eggs (optional)
finely chopped celery
grated pickles
shallots or purple onions, finely minced and sauteed to prevent the onion-breath syndrome

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