Summertime is upon us….and what says summer more than a picnic with potato and macaroni salad? Of course these salads are a little non-traditional and dairy free, but still have all the tastes of summer!
First, the potato salad. Clean and cube approximately one pound of red potatoes. Place in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender.
I am fortunate enough to have a herb garden on my deck, right outside my kitchen door. Out to the herb garden to snip six sprigs each of blue mint (any mint will do) and lemon balm. Clean and chop the herbs finely. Add them into a mixing bowl with one half cup of extra virgin olive oil. Press one clove of garlic into the bowl as well. Season to taste with fresh ground sea salt and black pepper.
When potatoes are done cooking, strain them well and pour them into a large mixing bowl. Pour the herb mixture over the potatoes while they are still hot. Toss well to combine. Chill until ready to enjoy.
Next, the macaroni salad. Place a pot of water onto the stove over high heat. Once it starts to boil, pour in one pound of your favorite pasta. For this batch I used a brown rice pasta, so this recipe is gluten free as well as dairy free.
While the pasta is cooking (according to package instructions), work on the rest of the ingredients. Dice one yellow onion (red would work well too), six celery stalks and eight sweet gherkins.
Strain and rinse the pasta with cold water and pour into a large mixing bowl. Combine with the diced veggies, one cup of grape seed Vegenaise (or whatever mayonnaise you prefer), a quarter cup of the juice from the sweet gherkins, one teaspoon of dry mustard, along with salt and pepper to taste. While I was out on the deck earlier, I also snipped some fresh flat leaf parsley. Rinse and chop finely, and toss into the salad. Toss until combined, then chill until ready to serve.
In my opinion, both of these salads are best served outside picnic style. So many memories of picnics and BBQs growing up include these (not exactly) salads. Enjoy!