Hello and Happy Tuesday! Today, we’re looking at another one of the great classics: Potato Salad.
You can find it on page 46 of the PDF version of “Good and Cheap”, (which is a free download at leannebrown.com.) In the print edition, it’s on page 34.
The great American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “to be simple is to be great.” And so it is with this recipe, which takes two basic ingredients and combines them with a vinaigrette. You’ll need:
- green onions
- olive oil
- lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- salt & pepper
I didn’t change anything and used standard white vinegar for the dressing.
How Did It Taste?
This was delicious! I’m a fan of mayonnaise-based potato salads and I honestly didn’t expect this Plain Jane recipe to taste so good. One flavour note: I did increase the amount of vinegar in the dressing by 50%. I just felt it needed a little more tang.
Time and Money
Once you have the potatoes boiled and cooled, this is a lightning-fast 10 minutes, start to finish. I made a half-recipe, which was two servings and cost $2.57 in total. That’s $1.28 per serving.
(It’s higher than than the 75 cents per serving that “Good and Cheap”came up with. I blame this on my decision to buy thin-skinned potatoes, which were a little on the pricey side.)
Into the Garden With Us
Since we’re talking about the cost of potatoes, I’m repeating a gardening experiment that I tried last summer — Trash Can Spuds. Despite my enthusiasm, 2015’s trash can yielded an embarrassing 2 lbs. of potatoes, but I decided it was worth trying again.
This year’s potatoes have been growing like crazy and I’ve worked at being more diligent about hilling them (which I’m told is the secret to getting a big crop). The costs have been quite low. I was able to re-use my trash can, I got the seed potatoes for free from a co-worker, and it’s taken a little bit shy of $10 worth of topsoil to fill the can to the top.
And That’s a Wrap
Since we’re into the second half of summer, it’s the perfect time to give this recipe a try. I think it’s a winner. Next up is Panzanella, an Italian bread salad. See you soon!