Labor Day Recipes: Fun Side Dishes!!
If you're like most Americans, you'll be on your way to a barbecue at some point this weekend. Of course you'll want to do the right thing and help out your host with the menu -- but who wants to slave over a blazing grill in this heat? Here are some super quick and delicious side dishes you can bring along as an offering to the hospitality gods -- that great crowd-pleaser, Potato Salad, as well as Corn and Black Bean Relish (a side and a condiment!) Cucumber Pickles (a salad and a condiment! are we seeing a theme here?), and don't forget about the drinks: a Michelada is a cool and refreshing way to bedrunkify your hard-earned holiday. So avoid the grill this weekend, and spend your Labor Day as God intended: with your feet up, a stiff drink in your hand, and a belly full of goodness.
The Best and Easiest Potato Salad Ever
1 pound potatoes, small dice (Reds work well, baking potatoes are too starchy for potato salad)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoons fresh herbs, finely chopped (you can use parsley, cilantro, scallions, whatever floats your potato boat).
Salt & pepper to taste
Boil the diced potatoes (a small dice works best here - they should be less than 1" cubes) for about ten minutes, or until slightly soft (NOT MUSHY). Drain and let cool.
Add apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Let the potatoes absorb the vinegar - they should suck it up like little sponges! Then add your mayo and mustard, and stir well to coat the potatoes.
Finally, add your onion and herbs, and mix well. Let the salad cool in the fridge for several hours so the flavors will blend. Serve alongside grilled chicken and fresh corn.