Red Potato Salad
Nutrients Per Serving
Protein: 3.2 grams
Fat: 5.1 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.7 grams
Monounsat Fat: 3.7 grams
Polyunsat Fat: 0.5 grams
Carbohydrate: 23.6 grams
Fiber: 2.7 grams
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Vitamin A: 280.1 IU
Vitamin E: 0.9 mg/IU
Vitamin C: 30.5 mg
Calcium: 31.5 mg
Magnesium: 35.9 mg
Potato salad isn’t just for picnics – this sophisticated version can be used as a side dish for even the fanciest meal. Instead of mayonnaise, we use mustard and wine combined with vinegar and a moderate amount of olive oil. The result is a sharply flavored mix for the potatoes. Small red potatoes – also called new potatoes – are better suited for this dish because they have a firmer texture after boiling than the commonly used russets or baking potatoes. Remember to remove any sprouts before cooking. If you find very small red potatoes, you can leave the skin on and cut them in half.
Food as Medicine
An analysis by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service found that the levels of phenolic compounds (which provide antioxidant protection and other health benefits) in red potatoes (and this red potato salad) rivals the levels found in some vegetables that are traditionally regarded as nutrition powerhouses, including broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts.
1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, organic if possible
1/4 cup Dijon or Dusseldorf mustard
1/4 cup dry white vermouth
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion
2 stalks celery
2 tsp capers
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Chopped fresh dill to taste
1/2 lb steamed green beans, cut in 1-inch pieces (optional)
1. Boil potatoes in their skins, covered, just until they can be easily pierced with a sharp knife.
2. Meanwhile, prepare dressing in a jar, combining mustard, vermouth, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste; shake well.
3. Drain potatoes, let cool enough to handle, then peel and cut into thick slices. Place in a large bowl.
4. Pour dressing over the potatoes while they are warm, tossing well.
5. Add chopped onion, sliced celery, capers, finely chopped parsley, dill and, if you like, other chopped vegetables (red bell pepper, radish).
6. Correct seasoning. Chill until served.
7. If desired, you can toss in lightly cooked fresh green beans as a good last-minute addition.
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