Rainbow Russian Chopped Idaho® Potato Salad

2nd Prize Winner 2005 Grown in Idaho Recipe Contest


  • Salad
  • 1 1/2 pounds Idaho Potatoes (about 4 medium potatoes)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 medium red tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil leaves
  • 2 medium yellow tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons tiny capers (non pareilles)
  • Green leaf lettuce
  • 1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup "light" mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup non-fat, plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill, plus several sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (both white and green parts)
  • 2 tablespoons tiny capers (non pareilles)
  • 1 teaspoon jarred green peppercorns, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)


  1. Boil potatoes in water to cover until just tender. While waiting for potatoes to boil, prepare the dressing. To make the dressing, mix all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. When potatoes are cooked, drain and let sit until cool enough to handle, then peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/2-inch cubes. Place potatoes in a large mixing bowl and set aside. In another pan of boiling water, cook the carrot pieces until just tender, about 5 minutes; drain and add to the potatoes. Pour the reserved dressing over the potatoes and carrots; mix gently with a wooden spoon. Chill the mixture until cool, then taste and add more salt, if necessary.
  3. While potato mixture chills, combine the red tomatoes and minced basil in a small bowl. In another small bowl, stir together the yellow tomatoes and capers.
  4. Assemble the salad: On a platter lined with the leaf lettuce, arrange 1/3 of the chilled potato salad across the platter at one end. Next to it, arrange a band of the red tomato mixture, then another 1/3 of the potato mixture, then the yellow tomato mixture and finally the last of the potato salad. Sprinkle the walnuts over the potatoes and serve.
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Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 224
Sodium: 489 mg
Fat: 14 g
Protein: 4 g
Cholesterol: 8 mg

Helen D. Conwell

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