My family was astounded to discover that they liked this potato salad…
Why would they be astounded?
Because they don’t like kefir! (Don’t worry, I know they’ll come around some day.) 😉
Yet in the meantime, this Probiotic Potato Salad packs a nutritious punch, and picky eaters are none the wiser. 😉 If you use my homemade seasoning salt, you’ll be adding the superfood kelp to your diet, a wonderful source of minerals.
Probiotic Potato Salad
- 1 cup milk kefir plain or plain yogurt
- homemade herb seasoning salt
- 12 red potatoes medium-size, preferably organic or naturally-grown
- 1/2 onion medium-size, preferably organic or naturally-grown
- 2 stalks celery preferably organic or naturally-grown
- 4 organic or pastured eggs optional
- olives diced, optional
- pickle juice or lemon juice
- additional herbs parsley or dill, fresh or dried, preferably organic or naturally-grown
- sea salt to taste
- garlic fresh or powered, to taste
Season kefir (or yogurt) to taste by slowly whisking in homemade herb seasoning salt (or Herbamare).
Whisk in 1 tablespoon of pickle juice or lemon juice at a time to the herbed kefir.
Think thin salad dressing consistency.
Chill. Any leftovers make a great dip for veggies!
Then, in salty water, boil (or roast) 12 medium potatoes until soft. I don't bother skinning them. The skin scrapes off easily when cooked if desired.
Drain and cool.
If you wish, hard boil eggs as well.
Peel and cool.
Once cooled, dice potatoes and eggs.
Combine in a mixing bowl.
Chop onions, celery, olives, and any other veggies.
Add to the bowl.
Add herbed kefir dressing and toss lightly.
Don't mash the potatoes or eggs!
Add other ingredients to taste -- such as parsley, dill, garlic, and salt.
Chill until ready to serve.
Wait at least 2 hours so flavors have time to mingle.
Does your family like kefir? Do you think they will enjoy this Probiotic Potato Salad?
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This sounds so delicious. Great photos!
Putting this on my make it list.
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Pamela, Thank you! I hope you will like it!
Linda Stiles says
I worry about leaving food out in this heat. (105 here and 95 inside) Is it ok? Also even soaking beans or grains in this weather. Is it safe?
Thanks for sharing the recipe, sounds delish! 🙂
Linda – I worry about it too. This morning, I’ve got a batch of cheese that is worrying me, so I moved it to the fridge (it was out). Our house is about 90 degrees in the evening the past few days.
When I made this potato salad, our house temp was in the high 70s.
Here are some things I would do if I were going to make in our current high temps.
I would salt (to taste) the kefir or yogurt before putting it in the cheesecloth – salt will suppress putrefying bacteria, as will the whey that is naturally present in the kefir/yogurt.
If any of it started spoiling, it would be the kefir/yogurt that are at the edges of the glob in the cheesecloth. Those bits can be scraped off and the main glob left alone.
I would smell it frequently and consider moving it to the fridge if it began smelling off. It can’t hang it in the fridge. But hanging isn’t essential. My mom always made yogurt cheese by putting the yogurt in a pillow case, in a colander, over a pot/bowl. She’d twist up the top of the pillowcase and come back and do that off and on, encouraging the whey to drip out. The pillowcase was never hung. So this setup could be moved to the fridge if you’re worried.
As for the grains and beans, watch for a layer of whitish bubbles at the top and skim that off frequently. It is my opinion that an 8 to 12 hour or overnight soaking will be fine on the counter. But… I am saying that a little not sure. 😉 There’s nothing wrong with moving it to the fridge. You’re not fermenting, so the cool shouldn’t interfere. When soaking grains, whether out of or in the fridge, make sure you’re adding an acid medium – yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, whey, Kombucha, etc. – to the soaking water (1 tablespoon per cup). This will not only neutralize the phytic acid, but also suppress putrefying bacteria. However, the last time I soaked beans in whey, they didn’t soften – so I’m not eager to try that again. 😀 For beans, I would just use water for soaking and skim off the scum frequently or move to the fridge if I got worried.
Hopefully this will help you. I’d be happy for anyone else to chime in and tell me if I’m waaayyy off – better hear that I’m wrong than you do the wrong thing!
Deb Seely says
Actually, I have hung a bag of yogurt in the ‘fridge once to make the cheese like this. I tied the ball close to the top of the “glob” and inserted a wooden spoon handle. Then I suspended the ball over a taller pot that the wooden spoon was longer than the diameter of the pot. It suspended the cheese right over the draining whey and I think that just a bit did end up dragging, but I could have made the knot at the top a bit higher and taken care of that issue. If you have a dutch over, or pot and a spoon that will fit over the top of it without falling in, you can very likely make this in the ‘fridge. HTH
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I didn’t know I could make yogurt cheese. How cool is that! I’ll be trying that soon. 🙂
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Jen Joyner says
Thanks for posting this recipe; it looks fab! I always have enough kefir on hand, and now I can keep my mayo (Cheeseslave’s recipe) for other things–that homemade mayo is like gold, I tell you 🙂
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What a great recipe! Looks fantastic. Every time I’ve tried to make kefir cheese it has ended up much, much too “ripe” for me. Leaving it out an extra bunch of hours seems to make the cheese almost fizzy and alcoholic. Someday I’ll try hanging it in the fridge and see if I like that better (that would be someday when my fridge is not completely full of food… like that’s ever going to happen.)
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Alyss – interesting! I’m sure you’re right, especially in hot weather the fermentation action would pick up. Thanks for mentioning that!
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Hi there Wardee, I was wondering how long you let your kefir set out to culture when you are using the kefir to make kefir cheese? I generally let my kefir culture for 12-18 hours and it doesn’t really seem thick enough to do cheese with? Should I let it culture for longer than that until it gets to the “curds & whey” point in order to make the cheese?
Also, have you tried using kefir to make yogurt with? Wondering how that would work?
Lori, the amount of time depends on the temperature, but most days in Oregon I let it sit out 24 hours and it is nicely thickened, still drinkable but also passes as yogurt if poured over fruit in a bowl. This is the consistency I use for making cheese, too. You cannot use run of the mill cheesecloth – it has to be fine cheesecloth or the curds will slip through it. Then you don’t let it hang right away, but let about an hour’s worth of whey drip out (leaving a more solid mass of curds in the cheesecloth) before suspending the bag. It really does work. 🙂
We use kefir as yogurt, but it is NOT yogurt. It is a completely different culture.
Hope this helps!
Kelly the Kitchen Kop says
Wardee, I don’t know how I missed this post before, but I can’t wait to try it! 🙂
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I had to laugh when I read that you put kefir in this! My family always asks before they eat!!! However, I recently made a great potato salad with new potatoes, and I put sauerkraut in it! It was really, really good.
I LOVED this recipe! We’ve been slowly removing mayonaisse from our diets and now we’ve got a mayo free potato salad, which is MUCH better than my regular potato salad I might add. Thank you! We also loved the season salt recipe, Thanks twice. 🙂
Wow, this sounds amazing good! I can’t wait to try it…and to make your homemade seasoning salt. I’ve been making my own seasonings now for over a year and I just love them! They are so much more flavorful, even without that “flavor enhancing” MSG 😉
Emily Balling says
Can I just say this recipe JUST hit my potato salad craving for fourth of July? The herbed seasoning I made I am so glad I have too. I didn’t happen to have the kefir but I want to get the stuff to make it because it sounds so wonderfully healthy but I made my yoghurt cheese, and oh I just loved the fresh dill in this. The salad had such a cool crispy taste! Yum and Thank you!
Violet Persuasion says
This is a delicious recipe! My man, who hates mayonnaise, goes without eating potato salad, macaroni salad, etc. He devoured this recipe right up, and asked for more! Thanks – it’s even healthier than NT mayo, too. 🙂
Can vanilla yogurt be used instead of plain? I’m going try with whatever we have on hand. Hopefully it works.
Thnks for a great recipe.
I just made this recipe for the first time and I swear my baby is doing flips in my belly. Thank you thank you for satisfying a craving I didn’t even know I had! 🙂 🙂
How long will this potato salad last since it is fermented?
Still just a week or less in the fridge. The dressing is fermented but the potatoes aren’t. 🙂
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Rachel R. says
I can’t eat potatoes. Do you think I could make the same thing with gently-cooked cauliflower?
Millie Copper says
Yes! We think you could. Just don’t let the cauliflower get mushy. 🙂
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Thanks for posting this recipe !
I LOVED this recipe! thanks