Surprise and delight the family by combining two summertime favorites – grilling and potato salad – into one to create unique flavors and a new star side dish. Cooking potatoes on the grill adds a smoky flavor to these vegetables. Another twist to this traditional potato dish is switching up the potato type. Try Russets, reds, fingerlings, blues, purples, yellows or whites tonight.
It’s no wonder potatoes are America’s favorite side dish – they’re naturally delicious and nutritious.
- At just 110 calories, potatoes are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. In addition to providing a good source of potassium, a medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato has almost half your daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and has absolutely no fat, sodium or cholesterol.
- Pound for pound, potatoes are also still one of the least expensive items in the produce department. One serving – a medium potato – will set you back only about 25 cents.
- Potatoes are a key part of the vegetable section of the new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate guidelines. Potatoes are specifically recognized as a vegetable selected to meet the critical need for more potassium and are included multiple times in sample MyPlate menu plans.
- You can lose the weight, without losing the potatoes. Potatoes can be a part of a weight loss program, according to research released by the University of California, Davis and the National Center for Food Safety and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, in October 2010.
With no stove-top or oven required, this Grilled Pesto Potato Salad recipe is easy to prepare and is guilt-free at just 210 calories per serving. With 784 mg of potassium, it also packs nearly 20 percent of your daily value of the essential mineral – more than a banana.