Tag: potato salad

Which is Healthier, Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad?

by in Which is Healthier?, July 1, 2012

potato and macaroni salad

Potato Salad

Pros:
Potatoes are loaded with nutrients including fiber, vitamin C and potassium – they’re also free of fat and cholesterol. No matter which recipe you choose, potatoes are often accompanied by good-for-you veggies and herbs like celery, onions, carrots, parsley, dill and basil.

Cons:
The addition of mayonnaise, oily dressings and sometimes bacon will fatten up potato salad. You’re looking at over 420 calories and 30 grams of fat per cup.

Healthy Potato Salad Tips:

  • Cut the mayo in half and replace it with nonfat Greek yogurt.
  • Lose the mayo all together and use small portions of vinaigrette dressing.
  • Make your favorite recipe with sweet potatoes instead.
  • More tips and recipes for lightening up potato salad.

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Creamy Vegan Potato Salad

by in The Veggie Table, May 25, 2012
vegan potato salad
Creamy, but completely dairy free potato salad.

Even before I switched to a dairy-free diet, I wasn’t a fan of mayonnaise-drenched potato salads. There was something about seeing creamy side salads left out in the sun at summer picnics that never appealed to me. But I do love potatoes, since spuds are loaded with potassium and heart-healthy fiber, and what’s a picnic or BBQ without a potato salad? This recipe is perfect for your upcoming summer food festivities.

Instead of using a dairy-based mayo or yogurt for this potato salad, I tried protein-packed hummus. Its garlicky tang and creamy texture made the perfect coating for baby red potatoes. After serving this dish at a BBQ to two relatives who claimed to dislike hummus, they were converted! Nobody could detect that the dressing was bean-based, and I was pleased to provide a vegan side dish that provided some protein, too.

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Spotlight Recipes: Picnic Salads

by in Healthy Recipes, May 27, 2010
Memorial Day Picnic Salads
Yellow Trio Salad - Photo Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Picnic season is here! Fire up the grill for burgers, chops or chicken, and don’t forget about those scrumptious side salads. Instead of serving up sides with gobs of fat and calories, try these delicious (and healthy) versions of the classics.

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Katie's Healthy Bites: Easy End-of-Summer Favorites

by in Healthy Recipes, September 6, 2009

Katie's Summer Potato Salad
Summer is winding down, but where I live, fruit and veggie favorites are hitting peak freshness. I’ve got a stash of recipes that feature the harvest and help me keep the season alive. I thought I’d share a few of the simpler ones. Try them over this long holiday weekend and let me know what you think.

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Weekly Bits: Delectable Sweet Corn, Lighter Spuds & More Cold-Brewing Tips

by in Reader Tips & Comments, August 15, 2009

This week’s top comments from our blog hit on the best ways to preserve summer’s bounty and you folks had even more tricks for cold-brewing coffee.

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Potato Salad, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, August 10, 2009

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I’m starting to see some of the early varieties of potatoes at the farmers’ market, and potato salad recipes are calling out to me! This picnic and barbecue fave is often heavy on the fat and calories (especially when it has gobs of mayo!), but it doesn’t have to be. Here are my favorite ways — plus some recipes — to lighten up this summertime classic.

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