picnic potato salad

$5.93 recipe / $0.74 serving

This recipe is a hybrid recipe from both Whole Foods Market and Epicurious. I like this version of potato salad because it tastes much lighter due to the use of sour cream in the dressing. Don’t get me wrong, I love a spicy mustard/mayo potato salad (and I will, without doubt, post a recipe for one some day) but this time I was in the mood for something light and refreshing. This salad definitely hit the spot!

Picnic Potato Salad

Picnic Potato Salad

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Total Recipe cost: $5.93
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Cost per serving: $0.74
Prep time: 15 min. Cook time: 12 min. Total: 27 min.

INGREDIENTS COST
3.5 lbs small red potatoes $3.27
8 oz. light sour cream $1.12
1/2 cup light mayonnaise $0.64
1/4 bunch fresh parsley, chopped $0.17
1/4 bunch green onions, chopped $0.29
2 ribs celery, chopped $0.34
1/2 tsp lemon juice $0.05
to taste salt and fresh cracked pepper $0.05
TOTAL $5.93

STEP 1: Thoroughly wash the potatoes and cut them into one inch cubes. Make sure the cubes are as uniform in size as possible to assure they cook at the same rate (you don’t want some large hard pieces and some small pieces that turn to mush).

STEP 2: Fill a large pot half way with water and add 1/2 tsp of lemon juice. Bring the liquid to a boil then add the potatoes (be careful! you will get burned if it splashes up at you). Set a timer for ten minutes then test the potatoes by piercing one with a fork. You want the fork to slide in easily but the potato chunk should not crumble. If they are still stiff, let them boil longer, checking their consistency at one minute intervals.

STEP 3: Drain the potatoes then spread them out on a cookie sheet in a single layer to cool.

STEP 4: While the potatoes are cooling, clean and finely chop the celery, parsley and green onions. Place all of the chopped vegetables in a bowl. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Stir well, then taste test. Remember, the mixture will be mellowed out by the starchy potatoes after they are mixed. If you like a more vibrant flavor, try adding a little bit of lemon juice (1 tsp or so). You can also add a kick with a few drops of hot sauce.

STEP 5: Once the potatoes have cooled, add them to the vegetable and dressing mixture. Stir well, slightly mashing about 1/3 of the potatoes. I found that my hands worked best for this step. I stirred and “squeezed” to mash ‘em up (this was fun!).

STEP 6: Chill the mixture for at least half an hour or until it is chilled through and the flavors have mixed. Enjoy!

NOTE: I used light sour cream and light mayonnaise because, personally, I don’t find the flavor that compromising and I really don’t think anyone needs that much saturated fat in their lives (so there!). I would not, however, try this recipe with fat free dairy products. Once all of the fat is removed the flavor and texture are changed dramatically!

There are so many different potato salad recipes out there, so many different vegetables, additives and dressings. Share your favorite by posting a comment so that I can give it a try!

I am eating the Picnic Potato Salad this week as a side to my Turkey Apple Panini!

11 Comments

  1. Bethany says:

    I did a search for potato salad on your page and stumbled across this oldie. This is great! I always muck up the potatoes while boiling them, but following your directions gave me the best textured potatoes for potato salad I’ve ever made. I followed your ingredients, but doubled the veggies and added sweet onion…I love the texture of the raw veggies and the cooked potato in one mouthful.

    Question…what did you use the lemon in the boiling water for? Just flavor?

    • You know, that was so long ago that I don’t remember why the lemon juice goes in the water! Ha! I must have read that somewhere before making the recipe, but now I don’t remember.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just made this for my picnic tomorrow. Had a taste while it was still warm and It’s gonna be even better after sitting in the fridge overnight chilling. so yummy. thanks :-)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh! I get it! Two RIBS. Nevermind. I need new glasses.

  4. Anonymous says:

    2 rlbs chopped celery?! What does rlbs stand for? Surely not two pounds …

  5. its great with some chopped dill in it as well

  6. Jennifer says:

    I made this last night, and used both red potatoes as well as one big sweet potato for some extra Vitamin A. It turned out great! I can’t wait to get home tonight and have it for dinner.

  7. My potatoes are boiling right now. Gotta add green olive, Beth.

  8. wow great recipe!

  9. Thanks! As I was eating it for lunch today I thought about how wonderful a little dill relish would be in there too. I’m going to have to give that a try next time :D

  10. This is a beautiful potato salad and one that I will most definitely try! My own version is just too heavy and no longer good enough!!!

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