Potato salad is one of my favorite summertime dishes. Perfect for a barbecue or garden party, I love potato salad with baked beans and grilled hot dogs or cheeseburgers.
Since we're using homemade lacto-fermented mayonnaise and fermented pickle relish, this recipe is good for your gut! Most of us these days have a lack of beneficial flora in our digestive tract. As a result, we get sick more often, suffer from food allergies, and we don't absorb the nutrients in our food as well as we should.
The solution? More probiotic food! Like this potato salad.
This recipe is legal on the GAPS diet — just leave out the bacon if you can't find bacon made without sugar.
Easy Potato Salad
Homemade Lacto-Fermented Mayonnaise
Egg yolks, pastured, room temperature (3) — where to buy egg
Olive oil (1 1/2 – 2 cups) — where to buy olive oil
Lemon juice or vinegar (3-5 tablespoons)
Sea salt (1/2 teaspoon) — where to buy sea salt
Mustard (1/4 teaspoon)
Whey, from kefir or yogurt (2-3 tablespoons) — how to make whey
Bacon, pastured or nitrate-free/humanely raised (4 slices)
Onion, medium yellow or white (1)
Celery (chopped to 1/2 cup)
Potatoes, Yukon Gold or other boiling potatoes (2 pounds)
Apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons) — where to buy apple cider vinegar
Chicken stock, homemade if possible, or organic free-range (1/3 cup)
Pickle relish, ideally naturally fermented (2 to 3 tablespoons)
Hard-boiled eggs, peeled and thinly sliced (2)
Sea salt– where to buy sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Lacto-fermented mayonnaise, homemade (1 cup) — recipe follows
Homemade Lacto-Fermented Mayonnaise
1. Mix the egg yolks in blender or with whisk for 1-2 minutes. If using cold (not room temperature), mix a few minutes more. This is the key to mayonnaise that will set. If you use cold egg yolks, the mayo will not set unless they are warmed up in the blender (or whisked long enough in a warmed bowl).
2. Add the lemon juice (or vinegar), sea salt, and mustard. Mix for 30 seconds more.
3. With the blender running, add the olive oil drop by drop. When I say drop by drop, I mean drop by drop. Or at least a very thin, slow stream. This is the other very important element for making a mayo that will emulsify. If you go too fast, you'll end up with runny mayonnaise.
4. Once you've added about 1/2 a cup of oil, the sauce should have thickened into a heavy cream, and now you can add the olive oil in a thicker stream. Not too fast, though (especially if you are a beginner). If the mayo becomes too thick, add a few more drops of lemon juice or vinegar.
5. Blend in the whey. Spoon into a mason jar, cover with a lid, and leave it on the counter or in a cupboard (at room temperature) for several hours. Then transfer to the fridge.
1. Set the eggs in a saucepan covered with water. Turn up to high, bring to a boil, remove from heat and let boil for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
2. Fry the bacon, let cool, and chop or crumble.
3. Chop the onions & celery.
4. Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices.
5. Put the potato slices in a saucepan with water just to cover and 1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt per quart of water.
6. Heat to a simmer, and cook the potatoes for about 5 minutes, or until just cooked through (don't overcook).
7. Immediately remove from the heat and drain the potatoes in a colander.
8. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl. Stir in the apple cider vinegar with 1/3 cup of chicken stock and drizzle this over the potato pieces, turning them gently. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to absorb the liquid.
9. Peel the hardboiled eggs and slice thinly.
10. Add the onion, celery, bacon, pickle relish, hard-boiled eggs and season to taste. Top with 2/3 cup of mayonnaise and fold everything together until well blended. Taste the salad and add more salt, pepper, or mayonnaise as needed.
11. Cover the salad and set aside in the refrigerator for at least an hour or so before serving. It tastes even better the next day.
Photo Credit: lynn.gardner on Flickr