Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Easy Summer Potato Salad

As summer is fast approaching, I wanted to come up with a new spin on the old potato salad classic.  I love potato salad, but the mayonnaise can sometimes be a bit much.  I don't usually eat potato salad, as I feel like the mayo makes it seem a little fattening and indulging. That is where my summer potato salad comes in.  Instead of mayonnaise, I used apple cider vinegar and spices in order to coat the potatoes.  As the potato salad sits with it's coating, the creaminess of the baked potatoes give the salad a great texture. 

This recipe is perfect for a barbecue, which I used for my Memorial Day barbecue along with my Touchdown Football Cookies turned patriotic red,white, and blue.
 Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
What you will need:
1 lb. Idaho potatoes {or red bliss if you're feeling fancy} 
2 cloves garlic
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
1 bell pepper
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP. sugar 
1 1/2 tsp. whole-grain mustard
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 cup chopped parsley
4 scallions, finely chopped
2 slices of bologna {optional}
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
 Cut up the potatoes into small cubes. 
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
In a large pot, add the potatoes, garlic, a nice pinch of salt, a few grinds of pepper and water to just cover. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender all the way through, about 15 minutes. 

Drain in a colander and rest the colander over the top of the empty pot to allow the heat to dry the potatoes. Once cool enough to handle but still warm, add to a large mixing bowl. 

If using a gas stove, place the pepper directly over a medium flame and allow to char on one side, then rotate until the entire pepper is black and charred. If you don't have a gas stove, roast the pepper on a baking sheet under the broiler or at the highest temperature of your oven. Carefully watch to rotate the pepper and char on all sides. Remove and wrap tightly in saran wrap, allowing it to steam for 5 minutes to loosen the skin. Once cool enough to handle, remove the seeds and charred skin and chop the pepper. Set aside. 

Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver

In a large pan on medium heat, add the bologna and cook, stirring, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Add the vinegar, sugar, mustard, paprika, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper to the hot pan. Cook at a rolling simmer until the sugar and salt dissolve, about 2 minutes. 
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
 Add to the potatoes and toss until they soak up the vinegar mixture. 

Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver

Cut the parsley and scallions and toss into the salad along with the pepper. 
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
Pour into a serving bowl and serve warm or cold.
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
Enjoy!

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