My mom doesn’t particularly love to cook, but what’s ironic is the things she cooks really, really well are things that generally make me want to tear my hair out in the kitchen. She’s great at cut-out sugar cookies, whereas I attempt them once every few years at most, but mostly just rely on her to make them.
She’s also great at potato salad. I hope YOU like potato salad, because I went on a little potato salad spree last week, and have several recipes hitting the blog in the next few months. My first trial run was my first time making potato salad in quite awhile, and I was a bit rusty. To the point of frantically e-mailing my Mom: “Are you there? I’m making potato salad. I NEED HELP. How do I boil the potatoes?”
She was in the middle of some project at work, and didn’t answer immediately like I needed her too. If you can’t rely on your mom in a potato salad emergency, who can you rely on in life, really? I’m kidding of course. We all had a good laugh about me spending thousands of dollars on a culinary education and not knowing how to make potato salad. But let’s just say my second run-through of the recipe was better.
Not only better, but so, so good. This Bacon-Feta Potato & Green Bean Salad might not be a traditional potato salad, but perhaps more of a “mixed vegetable salad” with mostly potatoes. And bacon. And tangy crumbled Stella feta cheese. And a super tasty dressing made from Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, shallots and bacon drippings (because why not?). This salad can be served like a traditional potato salad (made in advance and chilled), or it can also be served warm or at room temperature. Either way, I’ll be making and eating it all summer. I may even give some to my mom, provided she promises to answer all future kitchen emergency e-mails immediately.
Looking to win some green this Spring? Enter the Stella Cheeses “Bring on the Green(s)” giveaway! One lucky salad lover will win a $250 prize! Enter at StellaCheese.com or on the Stella Cheeses Facebook page. To enter, simply provide your e-mail address and Pinterest user name, and follow Stella Cheeses on Pinterest. Promotion period runs March 1 – 31, 2015. Also, be sure to follow Stella Cheese on Instagram and check out their #RecipeExchange #SpringSalads Pinterest board for more great salad ideas!
Disclosure: This post is part of a relationship I have with Saputo Specialty Cheese for recipe development. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.