I love potato salad. What would life be like without this delectable dance upon my tastebuds? It would be a sad, dark place I tell you. I have a go-to recipe for my potato salad. It is the same potato salad that my grandmother and my mother made, except that I add black olives to it as well. That and I use vegan mayo. This is typically what others expect when I bring potato salad. But I have a confession. Notwithstanding the undeniable awesomehood of this recipe, and the distinct happiness that it brings... sometimes I want something else. *gasp*
I have been cooking different things to share with family, some of whom are vegan. This has invited me to explore other options. I try alternative recipes or ingredients. I am also trying to eat more healthy choices. I don't really succeed as often as I like, but I do keep making that effort. So... as I was contemplating healthy alternatives that vegans could enjoy... I wondered what potato salad would taste like without any mayo at all. What if I just used avocado instead? It brings creamy delightfulness to the table. I tried it, and this is the result. (Forgive the lack of photography skills.)
The recipe is a bit difficult to pin precisely, but it goes something like this:
10 baking potatoes, boiled, peeled and diced
juice of 1 lime
juice of 1 lemon
rice milk (enough to make smooth)
1 can olives, chopped lengthwise into quarters
2 C corn, cooked and cooled
8-10 green onions, chopped
I blended the avocados, juices and spices in my blender, I used some milk to help make it smooth since the avocados were not completely ripe. I poured this mixture over the potatoes, added the corn, olives and onions and mixed it. I placed it in the refrigerator to let it cool and to allow the flavors to blend.
I was told it is a do-over, so we'll be doing this again. I will probably experiment a bit with cilantro and/or chipotle on future attempts. I liked it. I liked that it was light and had some good alternatives. I liked that it was a different flavor from my regular potato salad, to be used when a little change is needed.