Lightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad #SundaySupper

Hi Everyone,

This week on #SundaySupper we are making Summer BBQ recipes.  I love summer BBQ recipes, love them.  You serve me anything on a paper plate, some plastics utensils and I’m one happy camper.  Oh and the smell, nothing like the smell of hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and steak grilling on a charcoal grill.  I love my gas grill, but nothing beats the smell of charcoal.   Last Saturday I went to Stinson Beach and at 9:30 in the morning people were already having their charcoal grills going and all I could smell were hot dogs.   I was craving them like crazy.  99% of the time I am a nice, non-demanding, understanding person, but after smelling hot dogs all day I sent a text to my Husband.  I said get the charcoal grill ready, I want hot dogs for dinner.  He probably just about fell over because I don’t even care for hot dogs, and he LOVES them, but I wanted one and in my text, I said “MAKE IT HAPPEN”.  Don’t mess with a girl and her food.  My Husband called me a little bit later and he said he cleaned the grill and seasoned the grates, all ready for hot dogs.  Now that’s a man after my own heart.  To boot he even went to the store and bought condiments to go with the dogs.  Wow!  I actually didn’t have hot dogs, but I had chicken dogs from Trader Joe’s.  I love them and they are only 60 calories each.  Talk about guilt-free!  I ate two and felt good about it.  But for today’s recipe I didn’t make hot dogs, or anything on the grill, but I did make something that will side perfectly with your grilled goodies and that is my Lightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad and yes there is bacon in it!

Lightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Honestly, I am not the biggest potato salad person, but my Husband is and I don’t mind having a little bit.  I think it’s because I am not a mayonnaise person.  But this salad actually tastes like a baked potato!  It’s creamy, chunky has little bits of bacon and cheese, all surrounded by sour cream and mayonnaise.  It was delicious!

Lightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Let’s talk mayonnaise a second.  As I said, I am not a mayonnaise person, I’m lucky if I consume a tablespoon a year of it, but being the calorie fanatic that I am, I made the biggest mistake ever, I bought fat free mayonnaise.  It’s low calories and no fat, why not!  I would feel better about feeding that to my Husband then the fatty stuff he eats.  Well, one of my Husbands favorite things is cucumbers and tomatoes, cut up and surrounding by a pool of mayonnaise.  Yuck!  I don’t eat it, I have balsamic vinegar on my veggies.  So I made it with fat free mayonnaise for him.  He ate a bite and said ugh, what is this.  I told him mayo, he said, uh uh, is that yogurt?  That’s his answer to everything he doesn’t like, I said it’s mayo.  He said taste it, I tasted it and it was horrible!!!  HORRRIBLE!!!  I felt so bad!  I ruined his favorite salad, plus I wasted the veggies.  I can’t even describe to you the taste.  It was just gross!  I will never, ever make that mistake again.  So in this salad, I smartened up and used real mayonnaise.  But to lightened it up I used fat free sour cream.  It worked like a charm.  A little mayo goes a long way in this salad.  So trust me, don’t get fat free mayo, nasty, nasty.  Now I can’t judge on the light mayo, since I never had that so you must tell me how that one is if you have tried it.

Lightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad

For the potatoes, I had half yukon gold and half red potatoes.  When I got my package from the CSA, I got a mix of potatoes, so the mix went into the salad. I’m not to picky when it comes to potatoes, but sweet ones are my favorite.  I chose not to peel the poatoes in this salad because I was really going for the baked potato taste.  If you don’t like the skin, by all means peel the potatoes.  Oh and speaking of potatoes, don’t eat the ones that are green or have green spots.  That is the toxin solanine, which can make you very sick.  A potato gets solanine because the potato is exposed to light.  The pigment Chlorophyll turns green warning you not to eat it.  Thank goodness for the sign.  One last thing about potatoes, don’t throw the water out that you boil the potatoes in.  Let the water cool and pour it in your garden.  The water is loaded with nutrients and your garden will love you for it, plus it’s good for the environment!  :)

Lightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Lightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 5 Cups (6 servings)

Serving Size: A little over 3/4's cup

Lightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Creamy potato salad chock full of bacon, scallions and cheese and tastes just like a baked potato.

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 lbs. potatoes, (I used half red and half yukon gold)
  2. 1/2 cup sour cream, fat free
  3. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  4. 3 strips bacon, cooked, crumbled (I used Oscar Meyer Center Cut 70 calories)
  5. 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, reduced fat, shredded
  6. 1/4 cup scallions
  7. Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and scrub potatoes clean and place in a large sauce pan and fill with water, just covering the potatoes. On the stove top over medium heat, cook the potatoes until fork tender. About 25 minutes. Drain water (reserve for garden) from potatoes and place potatoes in a bowl until completely cooled. Once cooled, cut up into bite size chunks.
  2. Meanwhile in a bowl add sour cream, mayonnaise, 2 strips of bacon, cheese and scallion. Mix together and fold in potatoes. Give the salad a taste and add salt and pepper according to your taste.
  3. Place salad in serving bowl and sprinkle with remaining strip of bacon.
  4. Serving Size: 5 cups a little over 3/4 cup

Notes

Calories per serving: 187, Fat: 8.3. Cholesterol: 8.3, Sodium: 174, Potassium: 489, Carbs: 21, Fiber: 2.6, Sugar: 2.3, Protein: 6.3

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FLightened Up Fully Loaded Baked Potato Salad

I can’t wait till my next BBQ!  Ok, I am betting today I’ll be firing up the grill, another thing I love on the grill is vegetables!  Yum!!  Uh, oh, I am getting a bunch of grilling ideas!  he he!  Love this time of year!!!!!!!!!!

Be sure to check out what the others are making!  You can get some great recipes and ideas for the 4th of July!  Can’t believe we are almost into July already, where is the time going?  Ugh!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Toodles,

Jennifer

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Comments

  1. So glad your husband likes potato salad, Jennifer because your readers might have been deprived of this tantalizing recipe…BTW Maybe you’d change your mind about mayo if you tried the Japanese kind. Truly delish!

    Thanks for the tip too on TJ’s chicken dogs. I’ll look for them next time =)

  2. Oh heavens to Betsy YES!! I am a self proclaimed potato salad junkie and this looks devine! Am definitely making it for my next BBQ!
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  3. Thanks so much for stopping by. I love this potato salad, so yummy in your tummy! Being from the South, we love our potato salad on a hot summer BBQ.

  4. I´m with your husband on the potato salad, and with you both on the light mayo! No need to buy that stuff, ever. Great recipe Jennifer! Add bacon and the dressing is relegated to second place.
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  5. Yum-I always love a good loaded potato and this salad looks oh so tasty!
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  6. I am all over any kind of potato salad, and since this is lightened up, I can eat it all by myself, right?
    Kim@Treats & Trinkets recently posted…Berries & Cream Pie- A #SundaySupper Summer BBQMy Profile

  7. Oh Sour Cream sounds like a great idea to lighten up the mayonnaise!I’m going to try it :) Love the bacon in your salad too :) Yum!
    Soni recently posted…Fish Kebabs with Mint Chutney #SundaySupperMy Profile

  8. Love that this is lightened up but still has bacon in it! Great tip to use the potato water in the garden. I sometimes think hot dogs look good and start to crave one, but then I eat it and realize I like the idea of them more than the actual hot dog.
    Laura Dembowski recently posted…Cornbread Cookies #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. I love how you lightened this up, Jen, without sacrificing one bit of flavor! Perfect for any BBQ!
    Liz recently posted…Korean Grilled Flank Steak #SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. Put bacon on it and I am right there!! Love your lightened up version!!
    Tara recently posted…Bison Kebabs for Summer BBQ #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. I love mayo and potato salad – in fact, I could eat that whole bowl just on its own! It looks delicious!

  12. I’m in! And I need at least half of the bowl!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted…Bleu Cheese Burgers ~ Summer BBQ #SundaySupper!My Profile

  13. Serving food on a paper plate always makes me happy–less dishes! This is one delicious potato salad.
    Jennie @themessybakerblog recently posted…Spicy Baked Beans ~ Summer BBQ Party #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. Your husband sounds like husband of the year :) And I seriously love how this is both “lightened up” and “fully loaded.” I must admit I was skeptical when I saw the title, but you totally pulled it off!
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  15. Diana @EatMoveShine says:

    Seriously yummy!!! Love loaded potatoes, and this recipe will be perfect for our next BBQ!

  16. It’s okay to try the light stuff, at least if it’s Hellman’s/Best Foods. My husband is a mayo freak, and while he still prefers the stuff with all the fat, he is okay with the light. I promise you, he would not eat it if it didn’t taste right. When it comes to mayo or butter/butter substitutes, he has very sensitive taste buds.

    This potato salad recipe sounds very nice. I’ll have to save it in case I ever need to make potato salad (it’s something I really haven’t eaten for years).

  17. I am so with you – I realllly don’t enjoy mayo. Sometimes I can handle it if it is in aioli form…but only a little bit! I’ve had some good luck buying the olive oil mayo for a few recipes…the flavor is still there but I feel a bit better about using it if it’s needed!
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  18. This potato salad sounds so good! I love a loaded baked potato, and I can imagine how awesome the flavors would be in salad form!

  19. What a GREAT idea to lighten this up, I have always wanted to try this potato salad!!
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm recently posted…Bourbon Iced Tea with LimeMy Profile

  20. Our family absolutely loves potatoes. This is something my kids would fall in love with. Great recipe, and I love that it’s a lighter version!
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  21. Looks great! It is the opposite with us, I love potato salad but my husband hates it! haha.
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  22. I love your photo and photo styling–very Pinable! I’m sure your family enjoyed this!
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  23. Your description says it all: Creamy potato salad chock full of bacon, scallions and cheese and tastes just like a baked potato!! It looks fantastic. . YUM!!
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  24. I really like how you cut down on the mayo in this salad. I am so not a mayonnaise fan but I love me some sour cream!
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  25. Does this mean that I can have seconds, Jen?
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  26. Looks yummy! We have made this without the mayo, and it’s pretty good that way, too. Thanks!

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