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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Healthy Potato Salad

The summer is fast approaching and I am looking forward to outdoor barbeques.  I love a tasty potato salad, but I don't want to eat one loaded with fat and calories.  I experimented and came up with a healthier alternative which replicates the taste, flavor and consistency of a conventional potato salad.  I combined non fat cottage cheese and sour cream to replace the mayonnaise.  This recipe uses 3/4 cup each of cottage cheese and fat free sour cream which contains a total of 255 calories.  If 1 and 1/2 cups of mayonnaise had been used instead, this would mean a total of 840 calories for lower fat mayonnaise or 1,374 calories for regular.  This substitution results in a calorie savings of 585 for 7 servings of potato salad.  Each serving of this salad as prepared contains about 200 calories.

Healthy Potato Salad

7-8 med/large red potatoes
3/4 cup fat free cottage cheese
3/4 fat free sour cream
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green peppers
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/8 - 1/4 cup fresh dill  (I used about 1/8 cup)
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijonnaise
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/8 teaspoon pepper or to taste
salt to taste

Boil red potatoes with skins on for about 10-15 minutes or until tender.  Remove from heat and rinse with cold water. Place the cottage cheese in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

After potatoes have cooled slice into thin slices with skins remaining.

Mix the cottage cheese, sour cream, white wine vinegar, dijonnaise, celery seed, fresh dill, and salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth.

Next add the celery, onions, and green pepper to the mixture.

Slowly add the sliced potatoes until the desired consistency is reached while gently stirring to combine.

This recipe yields about 7-8 servings at approximately 200 calories per serving.

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