This updated picnic potato salad gets subtle flavor from smoked ham. If you can find them, small, thin-skinned early potatoes are best in this salad. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008

Molly Stevens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, partially covered, until just tender, 12 to 20 minutes, depending on their size. Drain and let cool for about 15 minutes.

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  • When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, taste a bit of potato skin--if it's bitter or tough, peel the potatoes. Otherwise, leave the skins on. Cut the potatoes into bite-size pieces and put them in a large salad bowl.

  • Add celery, ham, parsley, chives (or scallions) and mint (or dill) to the potatoes. Toss to combine. Add buttermilk, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Gently stir in chopped egg. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.

Tip: 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 cover the eggs with cold water. Let stand until cool enough to handle before peeling.

Nutrition Facts

137 calories; 3.6 g total fat; 0.9 g saturated fat; 51 mg cholesterol; 282 mg sodium. 614 mg potassium; 20.4 g carbohydrates; 2.3 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 6.3 g protein; 361 IU vitamin a iu; 14 mg vitamin c; 36 mcg folate; 35 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 31 mg magnesium;

Reviews (12)

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12 Ratings
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Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2017
Honestly I thought the dill was overpowering. Everyone else loved it waaaaay more than I so 4 stars. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2014
Good Low Fat alternative to Mayonnaise based potato salad I tried this recipe and was completely satisfied...I agree with the others that the Buttermilk Dressing was really good and I was surprised at that. I added some fresh corn and prosciutto ham cooked in the oven about 5-6 minutes. Everything else was the same....I will make this again! Pros: Low Fat Low Calorie Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/12/2014
AWESOME! Originally made as stated except with a pancetta substitution; may try canadian bacon or prosciutto in the future as I would prefer a more prominent flavor. I personally thought it needed a little more kick so I added a splash of red wine vinegar. I'm not a mayo fan & thoroughly enjoyed the creamy buttermilk. As always season to taste. Pros: Super Easy Very Tasty Cons: Somewhat bland Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/08/2012
Good! I liked how light this salad was however I thought it needed something. The buttermilk was a nice and healthy dressing. Added lots of pepper! Pros: Fresh and light Cons: Needs some zing! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Made this for the 4th of July and it was great! A nice light dish--much better than heavier potato salad doused in mayo. Could have used a little mustard or something else to give it some zing. Brian and Kelsey Portland OR Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I made this for our mother's day brunch this year and it was a hit! Could have used a bit more egg though (but I just love egg in my potato salad: ) Hayley Auburn WA Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
I was a little leary of only using buttermilk for the dressing but it worked out great. Wonderful flavor and great texture using tiny white potatoes. Alisha Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This is a great recipe I didn't add the eggs (didn't have any) and it needed them apart from that great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
my granddaughter and i love potatoe salad but because of how fatting it is we just stay away from it. it's great to find a recipe with healthy ingredients. also it's not expensive to make. sounds great. can't wait to try it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was an excellent potato salad. I added 2 more eggs than called for and it tastes great. Very colorful and refreshing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
traditional potato salads are not healthy this is good and healthy Love the flavors put together for it. can't wait to try it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
This was a hit -- I substituted diced pancetta for the smoked ham which I cooked then drained. It helped the flavor permeate the salad. Loved the buttermilk dressing! Read More