The base for any recipe is usually cream base, such as yogurt or sour cream. You can also add seasonings to the base, or you can just leave it plain. Most times ground pepper, onions, and tomatoes are added.
Some of the more common ingredients used in potato salad recipes include cream cheese, onions, bell pepper, and celery. These may be used smoked or fresh, depending on personal preference. You can have the flavors vary but may find that the classic mayo taste is best when mixed with oil or vinegar. If you are not a fan of the classic flavor, you can still use any number of these ingredients to create your own personal combinations. For example, you may have cheddar cheese and add reduced fat sour cream to make a very delicious creamy version.
Southern Potato Salad Recipes
Of course, Southern potato salad recipes are most commonly served cold. To make the best potato salad recipes, you’ll want to ensure that the eggs are at room temperature. Even though many recipes call for cold eggs, the best way to ensure they are at their best is to let them sit in the refrigerator for a few hours to begin with, then remove them from the refrigerator immediately and allow to cool to room temperature before serving.
For the dressing, you will want to use apple cider vinegar. You can find apple cider vinegar in almost any produce section or home improvement store. If possible, you should also be able to find organic apple cider vinegar at a health food store. In fact, organic apple cider vinegar is the best choice because you’ll feel free from chemicals and artificial preservatives. Sodium benzoate is a common additive to many potato salad dressings, but you’ll feel better avoiding it if you can.
Local Deli Or Supermarket
Next, you will want to prepare your salad and place a couple of balsamic vinegar slices on top. The purpose of this vinegar is simply to add an additional flavor to your potato salad. It is easily accessible in any grocery store and will certainly add a lot of flavor. However, don’t be afraid to leave it out and add your own natural ingredients instead.
When it comes to adding your own spices, there are plenty of options. Some of the more popular options include such “big” spices as paprika, garlic powder, kosher salt and black pepper. Each of these will bring a unique flavor to your potato salad that you may love. Of course, you’re going to want to pickle your vegetables as well. For a pickling that is tailor made for the dish, feel free to use prepared pickles that you can buy at your local deli or supermarket.
When it comes to dressing your veggies, the traditional choices include mayonnaise, mustard, or vinegar. Feel free to add as much or as little of these to your recipe as you like. However, do keep in mind how much you generally cook them with. The reason being is that different oils take on different flavors when they are cooked with different types of foods. By cooking with the same oil all the time, you are most likely to develop an “old” or “tired” taste in your salads. Finally, once you have finished cooking your potato salad, you need to serve it. The best way to do this is to add it to a bowl of cold water or ice. You will then be able to enjoy it right away. Just wait until the veggies are completely done before serving!