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~ Russian or Thousand Islands Potato Salad or Slaw ~

IMG_9940Tick, tock.  The Summer season is fast approaching and once we Americans fire up our outdoor grills, we'll be faced with more reasons than we can count to whip up a big bowl of the family's favorite tried-and-true mayonnaise-based potato and egg salad or creamy-crunchy coleslaw. That said, because one can never have too many variations on potato salad or coleslaw, consider dressing either of them with spicy Russian- or sweet Thousand Islands- dressing.

Your preference is your choice -- swap 'em out as you please:

IMG_9934For 5 cups Russian or Thousand-Islands-dressed potato salad or coleslaw:

5-6 medium-large Russet potatoes, baked in the microwave until fork-tender, cooled, peeled and 1/2"-3/4" diced, or, 1 16-ounce bag store-bought coleslaw mix

4  ounces diced celery or matchstick carrots (celery for potato salad/carrots for coleslaw)

3/4-1  cup diced red onion, for either potato salad or coleslaw, add to both

1-1 1/2  cups Russian or Thousand Islands salad dressing, preferably homemade as per either of my recipes (Note:  Be wary of substituting even high-quality store-bought dressings as they vary greatly in taste and consistency.  Ken's SteakHouse is the brand I recommend.)

IMG_9944~Step 1.  Place the diced potatoes (or slaw mix), and, celery (or carrots), along with 1 cup onion and 1 cup dressing-of-choice in a large bowl.  Using a large rubber spatula, thoroughly combine. Add additional dressing in small increments until desired consistency is reached. Transfer to a 2-quart size food-storage container, cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight (overnight it best). This simple formula makes 5-6 cups of potato salad or coleslaw relatively quickly.

Note:  Use this dressing-to-ingredients ratio as a guideline.  Do you like diced bell peppers in your coleslaw?  How about chopped hard-cooked egg in your potato salad?  If so, add whatever you like, just know you'll need a bit of extra dressing in order to coat any extra add-in ingredients.

Whether it's Russian or Thousand Islands, either makes... 

IMG_9913... a great side-dish to my Rueben or a classic Rueben...

IMG_0030... & a fantastic topper for a Rachel-My-Way sandwich.

IMG_9857Russian or Thousand Islands Potato Salad or Slaw:  Recipe yields 5-6 cups potato salad or coleslaw.

Special Equipment List:  cutting board; chef's knife; large rubber spatula; 2-quart food-storage container w/tight fitting lid

6a0120a8551282970b01b8d2d495a2970cCook's Note: In the Greater New York area, a sloppy Joe is a different sandwich than what the rest of us have stereotyped in our minds.  It is a very large, layered sandwich, containing three slices of bread (usually rye and/or pumpernickel), two or three varieties of paper-thin sliced deli-meat, cheese and Russian or Thousand Island dressing.  ~ Another Sloppy Joe? There is one?  You Betcha! ~.  It always comes with a side-serving of potato salad or coleslaw too.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2019)


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