This is the potato salad that my mom makes and it’s the one that made me realize that not all potato salads had to have mayonnaise or sour cream in order to be good. As a matter of fact, I prefer my potato salads this way. I posted Julia Child’s French Potato Salad a while back and while I will probably keep making that recipe (because I always have the ingredients on hand,) this is the recipe that I will always ask my mom to make. They taste pretty similar, but this particular recipe uses beef consomme which gives it a slightly different deeper flavor than Julia’s which uses chicken broth….or as Jim and I like to joke “the broth of a chicken…” Sorry, inside joke:-).
If you have never tried a vinegar based potato salad – you must try either one of these recipes! You can serve this at room temperature or cold. You won’t need to worry about taking these to a picnic because no mayo means a lot fewer worries over spoiling in the hot summer sun. It’s going to be in the 90’s here in NC this weekend so that will definitely be something to think about!
Here are a few more fun recipes for the holiday…I have a few more that I will try to post before the weekend, too!
Picnic Chicken – mom’s recipe
- 9 medium potatoes
- ½ cup oil
- ¼ cup tarragon vinegar
- ¼ cup beef consomme
- ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
- 2 tablespoons snipped parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Cook potatoes covered in boiling salted water until tender. Cool slightly. Peel and slice. Combine oil, vinegar, consomme, green onions, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss gently. Cover and chill.