Sunday, May 27, 2012

Light Bacon Ranch Potato Salad with Herbs

Just in time for Memorial Day comes this light and easy recipe. It's potato salad, blended with a light buttermilk ranch dressing (your favorite), a touch of bacon - just enough to give this recipe the name and the flavor, and a few other simple ingredients including a variety of fresh herbs.  

Light Bacon Ranch Potato Salad with Herbs

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A few of my blogger friends who run diet sites have asked to re-post a couple of my low calorie recipes, with permission.  But I do not endorse any diet or fitness plan on this site nor have I received any compensation from those bloggers nor they from me other than a mutual shout out of virtual friendship. 

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Back to the fun stuff...

We are "hunkered down" for a tropical storm here in Central Florida. So I made enough of this dish to pair with a beer can chicken today and hot dogs and hamburgers tomorrow. Yes, we do grill in inclement weather down here.   If the power goes out, we often have no choice.

Here is tonight's featured recipe:

Makes about six servings.

Ingredients: 

1 pound red potatoes, sliced into quarters (larger potatoes cut into eight pieces)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup buttermilk ranch dressing (light variety - your favorite brand)
1 hard boiled egg (see my tip below), chopped
1 slice bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped dill

Add potatoes to boiling water and salt (more if desired).  Cook for about 20 minutes until fork tender.  Do not over cook.

Drain potatoes and add to a mixing bowl.  Add the ranch dressing while the potatoes are still warm.  Cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate over night.





Tip:  If you do not have time to hard boil an egg, add the egg to a microwave egg poacher and cook for about 1 minute and 15 seconds on high heat.  Let the egg cool before slicing, or slice hard boiled egg.  Add to potato salad mixed with the ranch dressing.

Cook one slice of bacon until crispy.  (I like to do this in the microwave as well).  Let the bacon cool and then crumble into the salad.

Add smoked paprika and the freshly chopped chives.   Mix well.  Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.




I hope you have a great Memorial Day.  To all the men and women who have served, this day is for you.  I am happy to report that my nephew, Josh, has returned safely from active duty and he got married the other weekend.  Welcome home, Josh.

We especially remember all of our fallen heroes on this special day.

Have a great day with family and friends, and may everyone in the path of the tropical storm stay safe and dry.
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