Mainely Dish: New Maine Potato Salad
“How important it is for us to recognize our heroes and she-roes.” – Maya Angelou
Today we celebrate Memorial day, honoring those that have served our country. During this day of remembrance, communities come together, attending parades, visiting memorials, and enjoying cookouts. The Mainely Dish New Maine Potato Salad is a classic side dish to bring to share with others on this meaningful day.
This recipe calls for new Maine potatoes (typically in season mid-summer), but feel free to use any potato variation that you have available to you. If your potatoes are larger, cut into smaller pieces after draining. This budget-friendly recipe is perfect for crowds, costing about $1.00 per serving.
Potatoes & Nutrition
Did you know that potatoes have health benefits? Check out the list below for nutrition facts about these tubers.
- Potatoes are rich in potassium, a nutrient that supports heart health and fluid balance.
- Potato skins contain fiber, which aids in digestion.
- Potatoes contain Vitamin C. This vitamin is an antioxidant and plays a role in creating collagen, a protein found in your hair, skin, and nails.
Potato Salad & Food Safety
It’s very important to remember to store your potato salad in a cool place (below 40 degrees F) just before and after serving. Bacteria can grow in all salads, not just recipes that contain mayonnaise. If you find that your salad has been in temperatures above 40 degrees F for over two hours, or temperatures above 90 degrees F for one hour, it is no longer safe to eat and should be discarded. Below are additional food safety tips for your next cookout.
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before preparing or eating foods.
- If you are unable to access a refrigerator during your cookout, bring a cooler filled with ice to store food.
- Keep meals in covered, air-tight containers prior and after serving.
Looking for more recipes?
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- Egg salad with Greek yogurt
- Cheesy pasta with summer veggies
- Fruited slaw
By Kayla Parsons, MS, LD, Ph.D. Student in Food & Nutrition Sciences