Emily Wyckoff

Old Fashioned Potato Salad “Lite”

I love mayo-based salads but have a weird thing about ordering them at a restaurant – I can’t do it. This includes tuna salad, chicken salad, cole slaw, and potato salad. I think it stems from working in bad restaurants in my teen years and witnessing the vat of mayo with the crust on top being wrapped in saran wrap for use the next day after sitting out on the prep counter for an indeterminate amount of time. Yuck. I also get upset when people seem to think Miracle Whip and mayo are interchangeable – they don’t even taste vaguely similar, thank you very much.

My aunt has always made the best potato salad so I asked her for the recipe and figured out why it was so delicious – the incredible amount of mayo required. Continuing my love affair with Greek yogurt, I lightened her recipe up a bit by swapping in some yogurt for the mayo. I am not claiming this is a dietetic dish by any means, but tasty and a little bit less caloric than the full-on mayo version. Try it for your Memorial Day barbecue or picnic.

Old-Fashioned Potato Salad “Lite”


1/2 cup mayonnaise (fat-free, light or regular)

1/2 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt

2 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup diced celery

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and quartered

1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley (optional)


Combine the yogurt and mayonnaise and set aside. Rinse and quarter potatoes (no need to peel) and cook in boiling salted water until fork tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain and transfer ppotatoes to a bowl and roughly cut into smaller pieces with a knife. Add the vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper to the hot potatoes and gently toss. Add onion, celery, yogurt/mayo mixture, and mustard. Gently mix to combine. Fold in eggs  and parsley if using. Chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.

4 Responses to “Old Fashioned Potato Salad “Lite””

  1. success_1of4 says:

    Now i’ve never seen potato salad like this. However, it looks different, maybe an experiment for a later date. My aunt make some amazing potato salad, she keeps it somewhat basic, compared to this, but I think she nails the quality simplicity of the dish.

  2. Aida says:

    The best pot salad i tasted so keep it up rachel

  3. Aida says:

    Some times you should cook something spanish what do you think of gazpacho you ever had any of it? nits cod fish with onions peppers avocados try it you will love it if you do not know how to make it i will let you know how

  4. DONNA pOISSANT says:

    Will try this one the last one I got off the TV was too sweet.Aida said Spanish ,i say simple cold soups for the summer. fir the late fall crock pot foods mom can throw together on her way out the door and is ready when she or the kids get home. get the food ready on day off coat with seasonings, drop in pot on way out the door just make sure the kids don’t pig out on the liquid.V8 chickhen stock never lasted they would make pizza and egg drop soup. stopped buying cake mix for Square dance then they burned my pizzel maker up. So finely my crock pot burned out because they refused to eat lunch from home(now that would be a great show)so they would be starving would eat dinner when they got home from school and NOT turn the crock pot off Now they are 35,33,28 all love to cook each has his own specialty Asian,Beef, Bar B que(His wife is vegan).I heard if you drink water with your meal instead of anything else you’ll feel faster. how true is that?

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