As a rule, I’m not a big fan of potato salad. Don’t get me wrong, I love potatoes and I love cool, summery salads, especially at barbeques or picnics. There’s really only one thing that stands between me and your standard potato salad: mayonnaise. I hate, let me repeat, HATE mayonnaise. I can stomach a little of it when its dressed up as an aioli and LIGHTLY spread on a sandwich. I will also overlook mayo when used to make deviled eggs, because those suckers are tasty. However, drowning cooked potatoes in the stuff is just a waste of perfectly good potatoes in my opinion.
So, when a friend asked me to bring a potato salad to her 4th of July barbeque, I set out to find an alternative recipe that would be mayo-less. Searching through my pile of cookbooks I eventually got the idea for an oil & mustard dressing. Ahhh..mustard, how I love thee. Unlike mayonnaise, I could eat mustard with a spoon and be content.
The combination of mustard and relish create a light and tasty salad that doesn’t overshadow or drown the potatoes in unnecessary dressing. Another great bonus to not having mayo is that this salad can sit out all day at a barbeque without the risk of it going bad.
A note on the potatoes: I’m calling this Red White & Blue potato salad, and Chase was very quick to point out that the “blue” potatoes are in fact purple, not blue. My answer is that in the potato world, purple is as close to blue as you’re gonna get, so just deal with it. If someone has a moral dilemma with calling these potatoes blue when they are in fact a different color, by all means feel free to change the name to whatever you please.
Red, White & Blue Potato Salad
1 ½ pounds new potatoes (any color) scrubbed and quartered
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons course ground or whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon sweet relish
¼ cup olive oil
Salt & pepper
½ cup fresh chopped parsley
Gently boil potatoes until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain completely.
Meanwhile, mix together vinegar, mustards, relish, oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Add dressing to hot potatoes and gently toss together. Allow to cool, and add parsley. If the potatoes are too dry, add a little more oil.