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Roasted Garlic Potato Salad

  • 1 h 15 m
  • 2 h
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“Though it tastes rich and creamy, this potato salad is made with nonfat yogurt and reduced-fat mayonnaise, making it much lower in fat than a traditional potato salad. Roasted garlic adds a rich dimension.”


    • 2 large heads garlic
    • 3 pounds medium red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
    • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
    • ⅓ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
    • ⅓ cup nonfat plain yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
    • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled (see Tip)
    • 1 cup chopped celery
    • ¾ cup chopped olives
    • 1 4-ounce jar sliced pimientos, rinsed
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus sprigs for garnish
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, or scallion greens, plus more for garnish
    • Paprika, for garnish


  • 1 Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • 2 Rub off excess papery skin from the garlic heads without separating cloves. Slice the tips off each head, exposing the cloves. Place garlic heads on a square of aluminum foil, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon water and pinch edges of foil together to make a package. Roast until garlic flesh is very soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Unwrap garlic and let cool slightly.
  • 3 Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Cook, covered, over medium heat until potatoes are tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain well; transfer to a large bowl. Toss gently with the vinegar and let cool.
  • 4 When garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the pulp into a food processor or blender. Add mayonnaise, yogurt, mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper; blend until smooth.
  • 5 Add the dressing to the potatoes and toss to coat. Finely chop 3 eggs and add to the potatoes along with the celery, olives, pimientos, parsley and chopped chives (or scallion greens). Stir gently to mix. Season with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the paprika. Slice the remaining egg and arrange the slices decoratively on top. Garnish with more chives and/or parsley sprigs.
  • To hard-boil eggs, place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out hot water and run a constant stream of cold water over the eggs until completely cooled.
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