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. This red, white and blue potato salad is sure to please both visually and gastronomically!
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.
You can also find these organically grown!
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.
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.
Importantly, white potatoes also have fiber called resistant starch, particularly when cooked and then cooled and served cold – just like this potato salad.
As a starchy food, potatoes raise serotonin levels and make people feel good, which is why they are considered a comfort food.
There are strains of bacteria in the colon that actually produce butyrate – a substance that feeds and nourishes the colonic cells. A deficiency of butyrate does not bode well for human health.
The best way to get buyrate is to have plenty of buyrate producing bacteria in the colon.
The best way to nourish these bacteria is to have fiber and resistant starch present in the colon – such that you would get from eating cooked and cooled potatoes.
You might also be interested in Microbiota Accessible Carbohydrates, the New Kid on the Block.
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.Print