Recipe: Red, White and Blue Potato Salad

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I rarely make a starchy dish like potato salad, but for Memorial Day I thought the colors of the flag would be cool for a side dish. In the produce aisle, I looked around for colorful ideas and saw a bag of gourmet potatoes. They were small red, white and purple (but they can pass for blue) potatoes perfect for potato salad for my starch eating guests.

While potatoes are full of carbohydrates, they also have some nutrition. Aside from the complex carbohydrate, there are some minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and a little iron. There is also a bit of fiber and a drop of protein.

As you may know, I’m not a big fan of starchy foods, but when I have company I do make a starch dish of some kind for them. As you can see, there is not a heck of a lot of nutrition in these cute little boiled potatoes, but they do taste good.

As a starchy food, they raise serotonin levels and make people feel good, which is why they are considered a comfort food.

If you add some good fat to the dressing, it will ensure that you will absorb the minerals that are there. In this case I added a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil and vinegar with some salt, pepper and chives.

Alternatively, you could dress these babies with my no fail, homemade mayonnaise or serve warm with tons of butter.

Potato Salad

Red, White and Blue Potato Salad




  • Clean the potatoes
  • Bring them to a boil and then simmer for about 15 – 18 minutes depending on the size — mine were small and took about 15 minutes — you do NOT want to OVERCOOK them or they will be mush so be aware and pierce them with a knife — it should go in easily but still have some body
  • Remove from heat and pour into a colander or sieve and run cold water over them to cool them off
  • Let cool completely
  • You may peel them at this point or leave the skins on (I left the skins on in this case to preserve the color)
  • Slice into small pieces and set aside
  • In a small bowl add the olive oil, vinegar, scallion and salt and pepper — you can thin this out with a little water — and mix
  • Pour over the cooled potatoes and mix thoroughly
  • Refrigerate — this actually tastes better the next day so plan to make it one day ahead

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

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  • Jennifer May 23, 2013, 1:40 pm

    This is so creative! I have very little creativity when it comes to food. I’m so thankful for people like you who share your talents with others. You have so many great recipes!

  • Laura M May 23, 2013, 6:28 pm

    Love the fact that you share recipes for everyone, even though you personally prefer to avoid certain food groups. I think I will be adding a bit of Dijon mustard.

  • Julia May 24, 2013, 11:05 am

    How fun is this!!

  • Diane Balch May 29, 2013, 8:08 am

    Love the colors… great idea and a classic salad.

  • Steph (The Cheapskate Cook) May 29, 2013, 8:51 am

    So creative! Pinning this.

  • Vickie May 29, 2013, 10:37 am

    I love potato salad – red, white and blue all the better! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I found you at day 2 day joys!

  • Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) May 29, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Oh, I love potato salad and this is perfect for holidays! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Can’t wait to see what you are bringing to the party this week! We have another GREAT giveaway!

    Cindy from

  • Chaya June 2, 2013, 10:59 am

    My potato salad, certainly, does not have class like this. What a great way to serve it. This patriotic salad is being featured, this week, on My Meatless Mondays.

  • Shannon Schmid June 5, 2013, 11:23 am

    Thank you for Linking up with Mommy Club! I’m featuring you on this weeks Linky! Hope to see lots more from you in the future:)

  • Jennifer June 29, 2013, 6:36 pm

    I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.


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