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Potato Salad

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Nothing says summer like a heaping bowl of homemade potato salad. Classically served at picnics or barbecues, potato salad is the ultimate convenience food that can be prepared ahead of time, stored and pulled out of the refrigerator when the festivities begin. More than a salad, this dish is a tasty and hearty accompaniment to the main course.

The traditional recipe calls for a mayonnaise base, but some of the countless variations are created using different types of coating. German potato salad, for example, is prepared with vinegar and bacon bits. It is really easy to prepare – the most complicated step is boiling potatoes – it is ideal for beginner cooks looking to prepare a knockout dish. However, its versatility and potential for experimentation means that even those with plenty of kitchen experience can enjoy preparing their own.

Although it is often thought of as an all American dish, its origins can be traced to various parts of Europe. In Slovakia and the Czech Republic potato salad is served with fried fish as a traditional Christmas meal. Each family has their own recipe for the dish and the secrets to their unique preparations are passed down from parent to child.

As it is a hearty mayonnaise based dish, potato salad can be high in calories. Fortunately, with recipe variations that call for low fat ingredients and substitutions, even the most health conscious person can enjoy potato salad guilt free.

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