The Skinny on Potato Salad

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posted on July 2, 2011 by  |  posted under Patriotic Holidays, Recipes, Salads, Sides

The SKINNY on Potato Salad

We all know potato salad is a given for any Fourth of July celebration.  Here’s one more reason to add it to your menu:  it can make you skinny.  Seriously.  Read on and I’ll explain.

But first things first, let me explain the dish. This year I’ll be making my mom’s potato salad.   I don’t know what I can tell you to convince you that this recipe is fantastic except that my husband’s little brother ate it and loved it and he is a confessed potato salad-hater.  Sometimes I’m a little less than confident with my mom’s recipes.  I obviously love them but wonder if it is just because they remind me of a simpler time when free food magically appeared on my plate every night at 6.  It would take an entire post to help you understand one of the most amusing and interesting characters in my little world but here’s a peek:  my mom once served us a casserole that tasted like soap because she forgot to rinse the pan.  Upon discovery, she shrugged and continued to eat.  Shock value perhaps???  That event notwithstanding, my extensive survey has confirmed that her potato salad really does rock. The SKINNY on Potato Salad

It’s a simple formula really and it all centers on my mom’s kitchen’s prized possession – Montreal Steak Seasoning.  The stuff goes into everything.  I mean everything. There are literally no salt and pepper shakers at her house.  Just a giant container of Montreal Steak Seasoning.

The SKINNY on Potato Salad

With the lead vocalist in place, you add your back-up singers.  Yukon gold potatoes, hard boiled eggs, green onions and mayonnaise.  (And just to warn you, using anything other than full-fat Hellmann’s mayo (i.e. Best Food’s) is a crime punishable by death according to my mom.)

The SKINNY on Potato Salad

Wash and cut the potatoes.

The SKINNY on Potato Salad

Place in a large saucepan with cold, salted water.  Add the eggs.  Bring to a boil and twelve minutes later take out the eggs and set in ice water.  Boil the potatoes a few minutes longer, until you can poke them with a knife without resistance.  Chill.

The SKINNY on Potato Salad

Chop potatoes, eggs and onions.  I like my potato salad chunky.  I want to be able to see what I’m eating. And let’s face it, sometimes potato salad can be scaaary….

Mix with mayo and spices.

The SKINNY on Potato Salad

And it’s ready to enjoy alone…

The SKINNY on Potato Salad

…or with friends.

The SKINNY on Potato Salad

The Skinny on Potato Salad

The Skinny on Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ Tbs. Montreal Steak Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes into even pieces.
  2. Place in cold, salted water along with eggs.
  3. Bring to a boil. Boil for 12 minutes and remove eggs.
  4. Chill.
  5. Boil potatoes a few minutes more or until a knife can be inserted into the potato without resistance.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Drain and chill. When cooled, slice potatoes and eggs into bite-sized pieces.
  8. Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until use.
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The SKINNY on Potato Salad

And here’s the explanation I promised you as to why you can add it to your tiny list of diet foods.  Google “resistant starches”.  Foods like cooled, cooked potatoes contain them.  They act like a dietary fiber and resist digestion so you don’t have to count all the calories.  They pass right through your digestion track and clean you out along the way.  Now if we could just figure out what to do with all that mayo….

The SKINNY on Potato Salad

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COMMENTS
  1. July 5th, 2011 at 5:25 am
    Ashlee says:
    This looks good. I just love potato salad with eggs. I never thought to put Montreal steak seasoning in it. Love that idea!
  2. July 5th, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    Cassie says:
    Yum! brilliant!!! I also like to see what I am eating. =)
  3. July 5th, 2011 at 4:18 pm
    Joan says:
    I used to not like potato salad, but I've become a fan. I can't wait to try it with the Montreal steak seasoning. Great idea and cute post!
  4. July 5th, 2011 at 6:47 pm
    Tara says:
    OMG! Are you one of my daughters? I use that in just about everything too. It is the perfect mix of spices to give food a kick. It is also good to throw a bit in tossed salad it gives it an extra boost for the dressing.
  5. July 6th, 2011 at 6:06 am
    Leslie says:
    Looks SO yummy! Definitely going on my menu for the week. Thanks for another good recipe, Sarah!
  6. July 6th, 2011 at 9:23 am
    Missy says:
    This looks SO yummy. I love potato salad but am always to scared to make it. This helps make it look like I could pull it off. You rock, sarah!
  7. July 6th, 2011 at 10:15 am
    Susan Vigansky says:
    just one more ingredient will make it perfect.................bacon.

    Cut up and cooked nice and crispy .it really adds to the flavor!
  8. July 6th, 2011 at 11:24 am
    mysterie91 says:
    We make it basically the same but use onion powder, garlic, salt, pepper for the salad along with a touch of yellow mustard. Try sprinkling the warm potatoes with the spices and then letting them cool. I really think it gives the potatoes an extra layer of flavor.
  9. July 6th, 2011 at 12:09 pm
    Sarah says:
    Bacon... Susan, you are a genius! I'm going to give that a try next time.
  10. July 6th, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    DJ says:
    If you're going to boil them together, please wash the eggs also. Eggs are 'rinsed' but not well cleaned by the packer as you can often notice by the 'dirt' found on the shell.
    This makes me uncomfortable. It seems very time and water saving, but I'd rather wash an extra pan than cook them together.
  11. July 6th, 2011 at 1:11 pm
    Carrie says:
    We are obsessed with that stuff!!!! We always put it on anything and everything we grill of course!
    And I put it in 2 cans of greens beans, drained with fried bacon and the bacon grease (not healthy I know)! So, kinda "pan fry" the green beans....add plenty shakes of Montreal Seasoning and you have the best green beans ever!!! :)
  12. July 6th, 2011 at 3:01 pm
    Jill Jackson says:
    I love the fact that you put the eggs in the same pan as the potatoes! Way to save yourself more work. I also love that your recipe doesn't seem to be overly large to the point that we'd be eating potato salad for the rest of the month. I will definitely be buying the Montreal Steak Seasoning!
  13. July 6th, 2011 at 3:24 pm
    Wendy says:
    This looks soooo good. I would love it if you stopped by tomorrow for "Turning the Table Thursday" to share some of your recipes with us. (link opens at midnight EST on Weds)

    Thanks,

    Wendy
    Around My Family Table
  14. July 7th, 2011 at 6:46 am
    Tracey says:
    Thanks for sharing your moms recipe. Love that you take the time to show us step by step pictures. I truly look forward to your posts!
  15. July 11th, 2011 at 8:28 am
    Kirsten Favorite-Smith says:
    YOU ROCK!!!! I usually make a pretty good potato salad but it can be hit or miss. I made it this weekend for some unexpected guests and they and my hubby were RAVING!!! They ate a TON and I was the super woman for the day. Thank you for this recipe and I apologize, I took all the credit! ;)
  16. July 12th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    Sheryl says:
    Hi, I just wanted to thank you for visiting Cast Party Wednesday and I hope you join me again tomorrow and share more of your great recipes!
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you tomorrow!
  17. August 9th, 2011 at 9:25 am
    Christie says:
    YES. Looks delicious! I hate potato salad with pickles and too much mustard. We'll have to try this one.
  18. March 31st, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    CAS says:
    I just finished making your Potato Salad recipe for the second time. I'm not sure I had a chance to tell you the first time just how good it was & well liked by everyone. Just in case I didn't do that, consider it done. It's a permanent insert in my recipe binder. Thank you so much for sharing.
    CAS
    • March 31st, 2012 at 6:26 pm
      Shelley says:
      Awww. Thanks for letting us know. I'm feeling inspired to make it right now too!!! YUM. Thanks for the reminder.
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