As promised, I am back with a recipe. This creation was equal parts creativity and pantry-leftovers – you have to work with what you have, right? The end result was, in my opinion, the best potato salad I’ve ever made.
Cranberry Walnut Potato Salad
- 3-4 pounds potatoes (I used a mixture of russet, blue, and red)
- 4 ribs celery, diced small
- 2 ripe pears, diced small
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped finely
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped finely
- 1/2 cup Nayonaise or other spread
- salt and pepper to taste
To Prepare: Start by cooking the potatoes – chop and quarter them all so that they are roughly all the same sized pieces. Then place them in a steamer pot above about an inch of boiling water, and steam for ~15 minutes or until fork tender. Once cooked, side aside to cool.
In the meantime, chop the celery, pear, cranberries, and walnuts and mix into a large bowl. Dried fruit is pretty high in calories, but if you chop it up really finely, it is well distributed through the bowl and you find you don’t need to use quite as much.
In the past, I have used Veganaise and goat cheese as potato salad binders – both delicious, but also both relatively high in calories. I was recently sent a jar of Nasoya’s latest creation – Nayonaise, a vegan mayonnaise alternative with half the fat and calories of most other spreads.
Add about 1/2 cup of the Nayonaise (or your preferred spread) and the potatoes to the bowl, and mix the salad together. Salt and pepper to taste!
The result is a really great balance of sweet and savory – sweet from the pear and the cranberries, and savory from the potatoes and Nayonaise. SUCH a great combination!
I have made a similar version of this salad in the past, and always used apples. But without any apples in the kitchen, and a hungry lunch crowd waiting, I improvised and used pear instead. The result was absolutely delicious, and it added a sweet flavor surprise that you weren’t expecting.
This potato salad can be served right after mixing, or also cooled down in the refrigerator. Perfect for using up all those end of summer potatoes!