Perfectly Simple Potato Salad

Summertime is a great time for gatherings with lots of food and lots of friends. One of my go-to recipes for any BBQ contribution is my Dilled New Potato Salad (actually, it’s my sister’s recipe but she doesn’t know I blog, so HA!) The best part about this recipe, aside from how ridiculously easy it is, is that it can be used as a potato salad dressing, dip for chips or pita, and a great chicken marinade. Even better is that it is pretty healthy as well!

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What you’ll need:

– 1 bag of new potatoes (red ones look and taste best)
– 1/2 red onion, chopped
– 3/4 bunch of fresh dill, finely chopped
– 1/2 cup fat free plain yogurt
– 1/2 cup low fat mayo
– 1-2 tbsp dijon mustard
– Cracked pepper to taste

first potato

Cut your potatoes into manageable sections – halves or quarters – and place into pot. I find it is easiest (and safest) to do this BEFORE there is water in your pot. Fill your pot with water to just cover the potatoes. Boil.

When potatoes are tender – check by poking them with a fork – drain them. If you are going the warm salad route, put your potatoes in a bowl off to the side. If you are going the cold salad route, put them in the fridge to cool. If you are in a bit of a hurry, stick them in the freezer – works like a charm!

Meanwhile…

In a separate bowl, combine the mayo, yogurt, and mustard. I like to go back at the end and add a little bit more dijon for a some kick.

combine

 

Add the onion and your dill. Don’t add all of your onion at once – sometimes they can be overpowering, so taste before you add! Use some cracked pepper to season – combine and taste – you will probably need more than you think you will.

sauce

 

Keep the contents of your bowls separate, combining right before you serve. This salad will last up to 3 days after you have combined the ingredients. Enjoy!

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Flavour Saver: Coffee Ice Cubes

How many times have you made yourself an iced coffee on a beautiful summer day, only to have the ice melt in less time than it took you to brew the dang coffee? How many times have you then shaken your fist (whether physically shaken or just in your head) when that now melted ice waters down your drink, turning it into a soupy mess? I am betting the answer will vary between “never, what are you talking about?!” to “heck yeah, what am I trying to do – HYDRATE?!” While griping about this very issue with a girlfriend last weekend she finally looked at me and asked why I hadn’t been freezing my coffee. What the what? Apparently, this friend of mine has been freezing her coffee into cubes and using those to ice her coffee – when they melt you just get more delicious Joe instead of a watered down substitute. Works for me!

What you’ll need:

– Ice cube tray
– Coffee
– Freezer

first coffee

 

Pour coffee into ice cube tray.

coffee

 

Freeze.

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Place cubes in a glass. Pour coffee, milk, chocolate milk, Bailey’s, Kahlua, or whatever else your little heart desires, over top. Enjoy!

glass

…Literally the easiest thing ever. What simple tips do you have for staying cool?