4th of July Recipes: Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

I sent my husband to our local Specialty Produce place the other day and instructed him to, “Pick up anything that’s red, white and blue.”  He came home with loads of berries (which I made the Cheesecake Bars with) and then some red, white and blue potatoes.  potatocollage
Blue potatoes?  Yes, blue.  Sometimes they have a bit more of a purple tint to them, but they’re definitely blue.  They taste the same as other potatoes, but they’re fun to cook with for fries, mashed potatoes or potato salad.  The flesh of the blue potato is blueish-purplish, and it works for the classic Red, White and Blue Potato Salad.
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This Cooking Light recipe is a good choice for those who are watching their calories since it’s a non-mayo based variety.   It’s tossed with a mustardy oil & vinegar dressing instead. 
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One serving (1 cup) is only 250 calories and 5 Weight Watcher points.  That’s not so bad considering that mayo based potato salad can have upwards of 500+ calories per serving and a whopping 30 grams of fat!  Hah- maybe you’ll think twice about eating that creamy potato salad this 4th of July (sorry if I ruined it for you :) )

This recipe can be found HERE.
My FAVORITE potato salad recipe can be found HERE (warning… it’s mayo based ;) )

Note about blue potatoes:  If you think your market doesn’t carry them, you’ve probably just never noticed them.  Since they’re not a commonly used variety, our local market stocks them in the ‘specialty basket’ area near ginger and jalapenos and stuff like that (not with the rest of the potatoes), so you might ask your produce dept. if they carry them.  If you’re not in San Diego, look for a resource in your town like our Specialty Produce (which mainly sells their fresh produce to restaurants, caterers, etc.).  Ask your local restaurants where they buy their produce from and you might be surprised that you can shop there too.
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Other great-sounding non-mayo potato salad recipes on the blogs:
Karina’s Kitchen:  Champagne Vinegar Red Potato Salad (Gluten Free)
Hugging the Coast:  Mediterranean Garlic Hummus Potato Salad
101 Cookbooks:  Grilled Potato Salad
Simply Recipes:  Mom’s Warm Potato Salad
A Good Appetite:  Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

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28 Responses to “4th of July Recipes: Red, White & Blue Potato Salad”

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    Barbara — June 28, 2009 @ 3:56 AM

    What a fun idea!

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    Melanie — June 28, 2009 @ 4:06 AM

    I’ve never seen blue potatoes! I can’t believe they are blue even on the inside ;) Gotta go to the market now and find these things!

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    MsMyers/EatMoveWrite — June 28, 2009 @ 6:38 AM

    I love your red/white/blue potato salad. I made red/white/blue potatoes a while back. I think you just inspired me to do it again! Have a great one! :)

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    Lisa — June 28, 2009 @ 7:11 AM

    Although I’m a mayo potato salad type of gal, this looks so delicious and lovely, I have to try it. However, someone better keep the mayo jar away from me, as I could end up slipping a spoonful or four spoonfuls in lol

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    Claudia Lima — June 28, 2009 @ 8:41 AM

    It looks really interesting!
    I didn’t know that blue potatoes yet.

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    Kerstin — June 28, 2009 @ 8:47 AM

    I love this idea! And, I’m not a mayo fan, so this right up my alley :)

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    snooky doodle — June 28, 2009 @ 10:03 AM

    what a colourful salad I ve never seen red or blue potatoes. I ll search for them next time i go shopping :)

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    Lori Lynn — June 28, 2009 @ 1:07 PM

    I love your first photomontage, Red, White & Blue.
    We see these blue potatoes in Peruvian dishes, I find them at the Hispanic market.
    Great post!
    LL

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    patsyk — June 28, 2009 @ 5:43 PM

    What a gorgeous potato salad. I love that it’s not mayo based so if it does have to sit out there’s not as much of a problem with the heat affecting it.

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    April Marie Claire (aka Girl Japan) — June 28, 2009 @ 11:07 PM

    Wow, this most certainly looks delish and like fun!

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    Amanda — June 29, 2009 @ 2:55 AM

    I have never seen those blue potatoes before! Great recipe, thanks for sharing it. Hubby won’t eat anything with mayo, so maybe I can get him to try this :)

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    Katrina — June 29, 2009 @ 4:58 AM

    Looks great!

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    RobinSue — June 29, 2009 @ 6:25 AM

    This is a very clever use of red white and blue! Looks delicious and very colorful. Loving all your 4th of July recipes!

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    Rosie — June 29, 2009 @ 7:00 AM

    Oh this is just one fab idea!!

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    LilSis — June 29, 2009 @ 7:41 AM

    I love the idea of using these potatoes in a potato salad. I buy the Potato Medley at Trader Joe’s all the time that has the red, white, and blue potatoes. I usually just roast them, but I’m going to have to give this a try. Thanks.

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    Colleen — June 29, 2009 @ 11:42 AM

    This looks great! I love any variation on potato salad!

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    jennywenny — June 29, 2009 @ 11:47 AM

    Very cute! I saw the blue potatoes at the solana beach farmers market last weekend.

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    Lynda — June 29, 2009 @ 11:59 AM

    This is an awsome looking potato salad- I’ve not seen blue potatoes here, yet. Maybe ijust haven’t looked in the right place.

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    Eliana — June 29, 2009 @ 12:24 PM

    Great recipe. The blue potatos look gorgeous.

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    Juliana — June 29, 2009 @ 12:50 PM

    Such a great idea for the coming holiday! Love it!

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    Deborah — June 29, 2009 @ 8:03 PM

    Now that is a fun potato salad!

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    Stacey Snacks — June 30, 2009 @ 5:33 AM

    Lori,
    This is my favorite food of all time!
    I am making my potato salad for the 4th, which you would not approve of!
    Has tons of Hellman’s REAL mayo!
    Stacey

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    ingrid — June 30, 2009 @ 8:57 AM

    My produce guy and I are very close friends! :) I’m constantly asking him questions or for special orders.

    I’m not crazy about potato salad but my kiddos are. I bet they’d get a kick out of the different color potatoes. I should stop being a mean mommy and make it for them. :) Thanks for sharing!
    ~ingrid

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    Sophie — June 30, 2009 @ 10:00 AM

    What a lovely mix of a beauty of a fine potato salad! yummie indeed!

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    MenuManiac — June 30, 2009 @ 12:21 PM

    I’m a huge fan of a roasted potato salad from Bonnie Stern. It includes olive oil, arugula, grainy dijon + salt/pepper. http://menumaniac.blogspot.com/search/label/potato

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    Sues — June 30, 2009 @ 12:48 PM

    I have to say I’m not really crazy about potatoes, but I absolutely love them in all the different colors and varieties!! This is beautiful and classy for a 4th of July dish :)

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    Erica — July 2, 2009 @ 4:50 PM

    My mom just found at the CostCo in La Mesa they’re selling a 5 lb. combo bag of red, white and blue potatoes if anyone is looking for them in San Diego. They’re only about $5 for the 5 lb. bag. This is a really fun idea!

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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — July 3, 2009 @ 12:47 AM

    I lovee potatoes! What an easy way to look all patriotic!!