The Best Potato Salad
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
I have taken the liberty to name this the "best" potato salad because not only does it taste amazing but it is also the best for you!
1 bag of small organic potatoes
1/4 cup sliced red onion
3-4 Bubbies pickles, diced
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup Bubbies pickle juice
Sea salt to taste
An express crockpot (or a large pot of boiling water)
First wash and scrub your potatoes. I only buy organic potatoes but they still need a good scrub. If you cannot find the baby or small variety, cut your larger potatoes into chunks. This works best using a creamier potato like a gold or a red. Then set your potatoes up to steam and steam for 8 minutes. Steaming is preferred to boiling because it lets the potatoes keep more of their own moisture.
Meanwhile, slice up your red onion (I used my food processor but you can also dice it), dice up your pickles and add them to your pickle juice and olive oil combo. Start with only a 1/4 of a cup of each and as you mix the salad or as it sits in the fridge, you may need to add more liquid.
Once your potatoes are done, add them right to your dressing bowl and begin to lightly smash and mix.
Once mixed, give it a taste, then salt and more oil or pickle juice if necessary. Then mix in your raw sunflower seeds, cover and let sit in the fridge until cool (but it is also delicious warm).
Everyone loves potato salad but when you add mayo and hard-boiled eggs you are really taking away the healthiness of potatoes. I wanted to make a salad that was simple and tasted just as good as the conventional version. I was inspired by the minor star in traditional potato salad: the pickle. The key ingredient to this salad is Bubbies, you can substitute other pickles but there is just something special about the Bubbies variety. Bubbies are natural and still retain the good probiotics from the pickling process. The sunflower seeds are added for crunch but also for a touch of protein to take the place of the traditional bacon. This salad is best a good 12 hours later but good luck waiting that long.
This salad is great with chives or green onions instead of the red onion. We also like some green olives mixed in now and again. If you have a more sophisticated palate (i.e. you are not cooking for kids) feel free to add some fresh herbs such as rosemary, Italian parsley, cilantro or thyme. For a spicier version, try some red pepper flakes.