hot dog! creamy russian potato salad

russian potato salad | everybody likes sandwiches

I didn’t grow up eating potato salad. Green salads and mixed bean salads were often found on the dinner table but potato salad just wasn’t a thing in our house. That’s okay because I quickly made up for my potato-salad-less childhood in recent years.

russian potato salad | everybody likes sandwiches

There are 8 different potato salad recipes on this blog and only 2 of them contain mayonnaise. Let me list them here for easy summer access:

Simple Potato Salad with Lemon & Cumin
Fingerling Potato Salad with Pickled Celery
Southwest Potato Salad
Curried Sweet Potato Salad with Cranberries & Pecans
Potato & Green Bean Salad with Lemon & Miso Dressing
Incredible Lemony Potato Salad
French Potato Salad
Creamy Red, White & Green Potato Salad

Mayo is something that I’ve learned to love in recent years too. But usually I prefer my potato salads firmly in the vinaigrette camp.

russian potato salad | everybody likes sandwiches

But this salad is a game-changer for me. This kind of potato salad is what I assume most people grew up with to some degree or anther. Years ago I attended a summer barbecue with my husband’s mostly Mennonite family. There was a mayo-based potato salad and it was incredible. I tried to recreate it at home, but I over complicated it. This salad is like the original¬†amazing salad, but better. It’s creamy, it’s tart-enough and full of contrasting texture. Instead of using all mayo, which you could do if that’s your thing, I added in some thick low fat Greek yogurt to lighten it up a bit. The creaminess is still there, but so is that added tang. It’s a fantastic salad.

russian potato salad | everybody likes sandwiches

What it isn’t is photogenic. So let’s just stick in a Charley Harper napkin, plate it up in a pretty bowl and let me entice you as best I can. If that doesn’t work….there’s FREAKING HOT DOGS in this potato salad!!! Yes! Hot dogs!! I love hot dogs and when combined with potato salad, well, you’ve got yourself a side dish PLUS MORE. This is such a great side dish to whip up for your summer picnics, barbecues and holidays. Or, you know, once a week. This salad has that kind of magnetic pull for me. It could be dangerous…

russian potato salad | everybody likes sandwiches

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3 comments to “hot dog! creamy russian potato salad”

  1. 1
    Eileen   July 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Potato salad is my favorite! Those hot dogs are a really interesting idea. Hey, why not cram an entire picnic into one dish? That sounds pretty amazing to me. :)

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    JoanneM   July 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Potato salad seems to have gained quite a bit of popularity on the internet lately in the form of a Kickstarter campaign gone viral. Who would have thought that potato salad would have it’s day in the spotlight and be sourcing $44,000! Anything is possible these days!

    That being said, your wiener and potato salad sounds like lots of fun and super delicious, with cornichons, Greek yogurt, grated boiled eggs…and smoky hot dogs, oh my! This definitely brings back childhood memories of home bbq’s and eating hotdogs with potato salad. I’m feeling verklempt now :-)

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    kickpleat   July 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Eileen, yes! I’m up for that :)

    JoanneM – what??!!!!?? No idea about that. Too funny.

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