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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!

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!

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.

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
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Creamy potato salad chock full of bacon, scallions and cheese and tastes just like a baked potato.
Serves: 5 Cups (6 servings)
  • 1½ lbs. potatoes, (I used half red and half yukon gold)
  • ½ cup sour cream, fat free
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked, crumbled (I used Oscar Meyer Center Cut 70 calories)
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese, reduced fat, shredded
  • ¼ cup scallions
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  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 ¾ cup
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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Serving size: A little over ¾'s cup

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!



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