Monday, July 21, 2014

Mashed Purple Potato Salad

My 8 year old loves being in the kitchen. Last weekend he decided he wanted potato salad. We went to a farmer's market and he picked out some purple and yellow potatoes for his "creation". I usually prefer a vinaigrette type dressing on my potato salad but he was adamant that he wanted a creamy dressing. He also insisted on mashing them up vs chopped. Can't say he doesn't know what he wants! He added celery and some green onions. The dressing was a combo of reduced calorie miracle whip (you could use mayo), mustard, relish and some extra vinegar for some "zip". I gotta be honest - I wasn't convinced I was going to like it - instead I LOVED it! Not only did it taste amazing, the purple potatoes added a fantastic blast of colour. I made some one eyed purple people eater comment but obviously that song is lost on the 8 yr old set!

You can peel the potatoes ahead of time if you want but I usually just peel them after they are cooked - it's easier as long as your fingers aren't too sensitive to the heat or you have patience to wait till they cool. About 2 lbs of potatoes in total is about what you need. Serves 4-6 as a side dish.


6 purple potatoes, large dice
4 yellow potatoes, large dice
1/2 c miracle whip
1/4 c honey dijon mustard
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 heaping tbsp green relish
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 stalks celery, diced
3 green onions, chopped
pepper and salt to taste


  1. In a large pot, add potatoes (and salt if desired) and cover with cold water. 
  2. Bring to a boil and cook until tender - about 10-15 after reaching a boil.
  3. Drain potatoes, peel if not already done.
  4. Add to large bowl.
  5. Add onions and celery.
  6. In a small bowl, combine miracle whip, mustard, vinegar, relish, and garlic powder.
  7. Add to potatoes and mash together.
  8. You can mash as much or as little as you  want. We left some good size chunks for texture. 
  9. Cool in fridge.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds delicious. It is wonderful that you son is enjoying helping in the kitchen and learning. Sounds like a terrific potato salad.
    Blessings, Catherine