Potato salad lifted out of the ordinary

July 08, 1998|By Carol J.G. Ward | Carol J.G. Ward,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

There could be hamburgers or hot dogs or ribs or chicken at summer cookouts, but potato salad will probably accompany all of them.

The potatoes can be peeled or unpeeled. The salad can contain celery or celery salt or celery seeds. There can be mustard or parsley or boiled eggs, radishes, onions or chives. The dressing can be a vinaigrette, sour cream and yogurt, olive oil and vinegar, but most likely it's mayonnaise.

You can make potato salad all summer the way you've always made it, which is probably your mother's recipe laden with mayonnaise and pickles and hard-boiled eggs. But if you'd like to turn the traditional into the remarkable, try adding some out-of-the-ordinary flavors.

Just one simple ingredient can make the difference. That ingredient could be a dill sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, asparagus or fresh herbs. Or consider sweet peppers, peas, artichoke hearts, seafood or summer sausage.

Pub Date: 7/08/98

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