The summer months bring back so many fantastic childhood memories.
In the summer…
You could catch me hiding with my dad under the dinning room table, chowing down on dipped Oreos in milk right before dinner.
I could also be found doing flips in the lake with my little sister screaming “free willy!” [Weird? Maybe. But, if you were as obsessed with Free Willy as I was at 7, it will all make sense!]
It was normal to see me waking up at 4am and dragging my dad to the boat for an early morning water ski session before everyone else woke up.
Although it’s been a couple of years since I’ve attempted a cartwheel in the water, I can tell you that one of our summer activities has stuck around.
Enjoying my dad’s potato salad.
I’m not even kidding you when I say his salad is the best in the land. And lucky for you, he’s willing to share the mystery ingredient that makes it absolutely mouthwatering.
The secret’s in the pickle juice… shhh
Now, you’re probably thinking – pickle juice? What the hay?
Trust me, this salad will change your life. I promise. Neighbors will offer to mow your lawn, your significant other will do the dishes, and you can count on your daily meditation being uninterrupted for at least a week… if there’s a batch of salad in the fridge! It does magical things, I tell you!
I’ve added a bunch of veggies to his original recipe, cause let’s face it, that’s what I do!
Dad’s Famous Potato Salad
Vegan [option], Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
My dad’s famous potato salad with a secret ingredient that changes it all!
Yield: 6 cups of potato salad
- 5 white russet potatoes, cubed – do not peel! [yield - 6 cups]
- 5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces *see note
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 4 dill pickles, finely chopped [yield: 1/3 cup]
- 1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
- 1/3 cup red onions, finely diced
- 5 radishes, sliced
- 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
- 1/2 cup canola mayonnaise *see note
- 2 tbsp pickle juice
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp fresh dill
- 1/2 tsp herbamare
- Freshly ground pepper
- Fill a medium sized saucepan with water, cover, and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until they are fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-low heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a fork and place on a paper towel [or cloth]-lined plate and pat dry.
- Combine mayo, pickle juice, mustard, dill, herbamare, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the bacon, celery, pickles, pepper, red onions, and radishes. Pour the dressing over the ingredients and stir to evenly coat. Drop in cooked potatoes and mix gently. Spoon salad into a 1 1/2 qt. or 1.4L casserole dish and top with hard boiled eggs.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
note: to make vegan, switch canola mayonnaise with veganaise, remove eggs, and try these “bacon” bits
My setup… more on this tomorrow!
What are your most memorable summer activities?