Saturday, June 28

Patriotic Potato Salad for Your Fourth of July Cookout

patriotic potato salad

Generally I'm not one for "themed" food. But a girl's gotta have some fun. So for the 4th of July, I'd like to share a patriotic potato salad made with three kinds of spuds: old fashioned white russet, delicate red-skinned taters, and sassy All-Blue potatoes (which are sometimes labeled purple Peruvian).

raw red, white, and blue potatoes

This potato salad is just kitschy enough without being tacky. Though I recommend using red-white-and-blue checkered cloths, I don't think sticking sparklers or miniature American flags in the potatoes is necessary.

The potatoes you see here are called All-Blues. They are slightly starchier but the same color as purple Peruvians, which are technically fingerling potatoes -- smaller, thinner potatoes. Apparently, both get their brilliant color from iron. The color will fade when cooked, but try this trick to minimize the fading: add a couple of splashes of white vinegar to the cooking water.

Well that's it for today. Now I've gotta get crackin' on my American flag-shaped hamburgers....

patriotic potato salad for the 4th of July

Patriotic Potato Salad

Serves 4-6
Print recipe only here.

2 pounds total of russet, purple, and red-skinned potatoes
2 stalks celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar**
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons each fresh basil and parsley, thinly sliced
6-7 cranks of freshly ground black pepper
a generous sprinkling of salt, to taste

Scrub the potatoes well, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to a medium size pan of water (with a couple of splashes of white vinegar, if desired). Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook until potatoes are tender yet still firm to the touch, about 8-12 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, water, herbs, salt and pepper in a small bowl, and set aside.

Drain potatoes, and place in a large bowl. Add diced celery, and pour vinaigrette over the potatoes. Gently stir to avoid breaking the potatoes. Serve at room temperature or chilled. (Potato salad tastes better after it sits at least a few hours.)

**White balsamic vinegar is available at Trader Joe's as well as most major supermarkets. It's similar in flavor to regular brown balsamic vinegar but doesn't stain the potatoes.

You might also like:

Watermelon and Green Olive Salad

Sauteed Corn with Mint, Butter, and Lemon

Barbecue Pizza with Fresh Summer Corn and Sweet Onions

Lamb Kebabs

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Manggy said...

FREEDOM SALAD!!! Hee hee hee. And it can sit out longer on picnics too! I think simply dressed potater salad is a welcome respite from the mayo-loaded ones once in a while :)

Peter M said...

Susan, this is no more near the absurdity of "freedom fries" but a fitting spud salad for 4th of July. Enjoy the weekend and perhaps someone else will cook for ya!

Kalyn Denny said...

Love it! And guess what I'm writing about for BlogHer on Sunday? Potato Salad for the Fourth of July! Will love having this one to include with my list.

cindy said...

i had heard of the blue potatoes, but the white balsamic is a new one for me...i'll look for it at t.j.'s. i love balsamic, but sometimes the dark color isn't right for the food, even thought the taste is wonderful!

Prudy said...

I love buying the peruvian blues whenever I can find them. I'm getting ready to make my potato salad today for my 4th menu on my blog. I can't quite make up my mind which direction I'm going. Thanks for all the potato salad links, too!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

lol, nothing wrong with kitschy! If I weren't trying to squeeze all of my ice cream posts into my line up right now, I'd also be posting red, white, and blue things. Seriously though, the potato salad looks really tasty though and is a nice change from the usual potato salads out there.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Hats off to Trader Joe's, which sells multi-color baby potatoes all together in a little sack. Just perfect for this potato salad!

sra said...

Those purple potatoes are so pretty! And the salad looks beautiful with them. I can't get over it.

Simona Carini said...

Very nice! I love the color combination of potatoes and use it often, except I bake them. Waiting to see you American flag-shaped hamburgers.

Anonymous said...

You are too clever! To be honest, I love kitschiness for holiday cooking. Happy 4th to you & your husband!

xoxox Amy

wheresmymind said...

White balsamic vinegar, how interesting!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A gorgeous salad! Very pretty and colorful! Perfect!



Elly said...

Now this is a potato salad I can get behind. None of that icky mayo business :) As always, this looks so tasty and so light. Have a happy 4th, and don't forget to top those flag burgers with some bald-eagle shaped cheese. :)

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hey simply loved this they are the salt of the, in think, we should say that for potatoe too !!

MeloMeals said...

Lovely!.... and I LOVE fruit on salads, so your watermelon/green olive post looks sooo good! I'm definitely going to give those ingredients a try this month for my raw challenge! I'll link back to you when I do..

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Love it! I'm endlessly fascinated by the new palatte of potatoes, and can't wait to see how your burgers come out!

Anonymous said...

Oh yum.

We are having a 4th cookout and I would love this but will probably just make a regular theme salad.


Anonymous said...

Nice and simple! Happy 4th, Sweety!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Happy 4th to you and Jeff Susan!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Really, flag hamburgers!
Well, the potato salad will do for me. It looks loverly. I really like it Susan.

Anonymous said...

i guess you're ready to celebrate the 4th of july!

Stella said...

that's a great way to celebrate. Your salad looks yums. Your food are always so healthy Susan, that explains your great figure!

Pam said...

Light, simple and tasty. Nice job!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

manggy-Freedom Salad! I love it!

peterm-That sounds good to me!

kalyn-That's great, thanks!

cinderelly-You'll love it.

prudy-You're welcome.

mike-Thanks! I'm glad you like it.

lydia-I heart TJ's.

sra-I appreciate that!

simona-The colors are just so festive.

amy-Thanks a bunch!

jeff-It's a great find.

rosa-Ooh, thanks!

elly-I'm not crazy about mayo, so I really like this one. Good memory. ;)

anamika-Oh, that's a nice thing to say.

melody-Sounds great! Enjoy!

tw-I love all the fancy spuds that are available now too. Ooh, I was just kidding about the burgers. ;)

sue-No, not boring, classic. :)

maryann-Happy 4th to you too! Hope it shines!

marie-Enjoy your day!

tanna- No, I was kidding about the burgers. The tater salad will do it for me too. :)


stella-Well, that's awfully kind of you! Thanks.

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Beautiful! I love potato salads.

Patricia Scarpin said...

So beautiful, Susan!

Cakelaw said...

This potato salad looks fab! A huge serving for me please.

Anonymous said...

Whoa! Blue potatoes in a salad? It makes it so much prettier. I'm going to look for them at my local organic market so I can try this for the 4th. I'll let you know how it goes... --Ellen

Mishmash ! said...

second pic looks like pretty pebbles to me, susan :)

The P & A Food Chronicles said...

so i love it!! those purple potatoes that i recently tried at the farmers are delicious.. 4th of July ***

Y said...

I've cooked purple potatoes before and was disappointed when the colour dissipated somewhat. Thanks for the tip about the vinegar. Your salad looks great. Very Summery :)

Lori Lynn said...

Very festive indeed!

As always, I am smitten with your kitchen towels...

Katie Zeller said...

This I can do... (except for the blue potatoes - it's the spirit that counts)
As a matter of fact, I'm going to go do it right now!

ExpatChef said...

Thanks for the link! I love your photos and posts.

Jeanne said...

LOL! Oh you make me laugh! I'm not much one for themed food either (that way lies madness...) but this is a subtle enough take on a theme - very clever!

Sorry I've been so scarce - lots on the go - but I'm on a catch up drive at the moment :)