Patriotic Potato Salad Recipe

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by Chris on June 28, 2011

giorno dell’indipendenza/Independence Day

Fourth of July, Independence Day, is right around the corner.  The day commemorating the July 4, 1776 declaration of independence from Great Britain is met with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics and joyous celebration. Fun, laughter, someone’s famous BBQ ribs lead to wonderful memories. Usually, I arrive to shindigs with sweets in hand.  However, I am veering a different direction this year and am showing up with a salad. (I hope that doesn’t create sweet tooth issues.)

Typically, “creamy” salad cause me to wince.  A lot of the time, an over abundance of dressing in the salad causes me to wonder if need a fork or a spoon as a utensil.  But, I am torn because I actually like cole slaws and potato salads. The way I get around my aversion to soupy salads is to (1) make them myself and (2) use Vegenaise.

Now, if you’re a soupy salad person, never fear.  Use all the dressing in the recipe below.  If you’re like me, gradually add the dressing until you reach a preferred saturation.  That being said, I did something different this time.  And, it was kind of by accident.  My original intention was to add the vegetables to the potatoes, then add the dressing. However, as I whisked the Vegenaise with the other ingredients, I inadvertently added the Trinity.   Oops.

So, I decided to strain the vegetables, then add them to the potatoes.  Even with the straining, dressing remained, which allowed transference when I tossed the Trinity with the potatoes.  Score!  The end result was a salad with just enough dressing for me.  There was no need to use the remaining cup of dressing, but I can use that for another salad later this week.

What are your favorite picnics/barbecues eats? Do you have a go-to dish you bring to share?

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susan June 28, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Christina – such a perfectly balanced salad! Nothing says red, white, and blue like a good potato salad! Thanks for the mention – so appreciated!

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Maris(In Good Taste) June 29, 2011 at 5:01 AM

What a unique idea! Loos so patriotic and delicious too!

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Barbara | Creative Culinary June 29, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I love this…how pretty and yes, a great festive dish for the fourth. For me…I would probably use olive oil instead of mayo. I’m becoming very fond of a simple dressing for my potato salads for many reasons; finding something for barbecue/picnic dishes that I didn’t have to worry about spoiling was my impetus and now I love the flavor too!

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Kate July 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

I bet this went over as well as any sweet could have!

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