We’ve got purple mountains majesty, fruited plains, shining seas and much, much more. So it makes sense that we like to celebrate America’s birthday outside. In fact, the 4th of July is probably one of the biggest alfresco dining days of the year. And definitely one of our favorites!
Whether your plans include packing a picnic basket or hosting a happening BBQ, make sure to put potatoes on the menu. They’re great served hot, cold or room temperature, which makes them perfect for summer. They go well with other foods, so you won’t have to fuss too much with your menu. And, last but not least, everyone loves them.
This year, we want you to reach beyond your grandma’s potato salad. Or, maybe, just make room on your plate beside it. So here are four 4th of July favorites that have become summer traditions for our families. Enjoy!
It might not be a summer party without potato salad, and it’s not a 4th of July celebration without the red, white and blue. That’s why we’ve picked out this colorful and tasty recipe that features three types of potatoes. The delicious flavors of garlic, onions, bell peppers and ham make it exciting, and a touch of walnut oil and your choice of sherry or white balsamic vinegar round it out to perfection. We promise you’ve never had a potato salad quite like this, and each bite will feel like a celebration of flavor in your mouth!
Here’s a modern, mayo-removing remake on the classic potato salad. With the help of a little non-fat yogurt, you get all the great flavor, but a lot less guilt. What’s more, we leave the skins on, which adds a nice subtle earthy flavor, boosts the nutritional value and provides a more sophisticated texture. We also let you cook your potatoes in the microwave, perfect for when it’s hot and/or when you’re in a rush. Which, in this day and age and the current heat index, may be always.
This vegan recipe is picnic-perfect, because it’s a German-style potato salad. That means it gets its great flavor from herbs and vinegar instead of mayo, make it easier to bring along and safe to make ahead, even on the hottest days. Two things to note about this recipe: (1) you’ll want to bake or microwave the potatoes instead of boiling them, which will help them retain their color. And (2) even if you cook the potatoes ahead of time, you’ll want to “dress” them with the vinegar while their warm, so they absorb more flavor.
Every potluck party has at least one “classic” potato salad, so it can be hard to create a standout dish. Until now. This modern potato salad remake takes its flavor cues from baked potatoes, so it’s a very original dish for a potluck party. What’s more, it doesn’t take long to make, you can serve it hot or cold, and it goes well with anything and everything else. Just beware: at our parties, it also goes fast.