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I'm going to a potluck tonight and cheated by buying a deli potato salad. I knew it was risky but am rushed for time. It is so blah I can't stand it. A friend recommended adding fresh dill and green onion to pep it up. I added the dill but the overwhelming blandness cancels it out.!it is the standard-issue mayonnaise potato salad. Can someone help?

asked by ATL about 4 years ago

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Monita
Monita

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added about 4 years ago

Some spices could jazz it up. How about curry powder.

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Dave on the grill
added about 4 years ago

Curry is a great idea, or some mustard always peps it up. Fresh cracked pepper is an easy fix. The Green Onions will add some texture, consider something else too. Like fresh diced peppers, even some fresh broccoli, bacon or diced Granny Smith apples dipped in lime juice.

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ChefJune
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added about 4 years ago

I would start with Dijon mustard. Actually any good mustard will help. Do you have some on hand?

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ATL
ATL
added about 4 years ago

Thanks for the ideas! Yes, I do have Dijon mustard and agree that's a good starting point.

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Tarragon
added about 4 years ago

I like celery seed (along with the mustard).

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HalfPint
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added about 4 years ago

I like my potato salad to be a bit on the sweet side, so I would recommend adding a tiny bit of sugar.

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Nancy
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added about 4 years ago

OK ATL & HalfPint, some like it sweet. Some like it sour - so you could add some good vinegar, open white wine, sumac, lemon or dried mango powder. Or some of sugar & one of this for a sweet/sour balance. And whatever direction you take the flavors, garnish with some nice chopped green herb(s) according to your & the party's preference.

amysarah
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added about 4 years ago

Dijon is a good idea. Also, I find that when something tastes blah the fix is often a hit of acid - no not that kind! Lemon, wine vinegar, whatever, it just brightens flavors. Or, with the dill, tossing in some capers might be good and counteract the bland.

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Trena Heinrich
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added about 4 years ago

amysarah - you made me laugh out loud!

ATL
ATL
added about 4 years ago

These are all great ideas. I'll start with the Dijon and add some vinegar. I like a piquant potato salad. I can build from there if necessary. I learned my lesson--make my own.

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mainecook61
added about 4 years ago

Pickle juice from a jar of pickles. Sweet pickles are best but any pickles will do. Works every time.

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