Last year at our 4th of July party, a friend brought an unusual version of potato salad. I asked her for the recipe, and I've been adjusting it for the past year. I have finally perfected it to my tastes, and I want to post it here for your enjoyment. Let me know if you try it!
Cari's Bohemian Potato Salad
2 pounds (1 kg) of potatoes*
1 medium red onion, diced
2 Granny Smith apples
2-3 tablespoons of vinegar
1/4-1/2 cup mayonaise
Leaving the skins on, boil potatoes until tender. Drain and cool. Remove and discard skins. Cut potatoes into 1/2" (2cm) cubes and place them in a mixing bowl. Put the diced red onion into the bowl with the potatoes. Wash and dry the apples, then core and slice them. Cut the slices into 1/4" (1cm) cubes, and add them to the mixing bowl. Immediately add the vinegar to the mixing bowl, being sure to pour it over the apples (this prevents browning). Add 1/4 cup mayonaise and some salt and pepper to the mixture, and mix well. Taste the salad and determine if more vinegar, mayonaise, salt or pepper is needed.
Because it contains mayonaise, keep the salad refrigerated when not in use. Store in the refrigerator.
-POTATOES: For best results, use a potato that keeps its shape when cooked, such as the German "Festkochend" potatoes. Not suitable for baked potato varieties.
-APPLES: Granny Smith apples are great for this recipe because they are firm, have a distinctive taste that comes through in this salad nicely, and because, when left unpeeled, they add a nice bright green color to the salad, improving the presentation. Other apples can be substituted. For best results, choose firm apples with a strong flavor. The apples are unpeeled for presentation only, meaning you can peel them if you prefer.
-ONIONS: Vidalia onions could be substituted, but the red onions make for a great presentation of the dish. For a hotter/stronger onion taste, use regular white onions.
-VINEGAR: You can use either white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, according to your preference.
-MAYONAISE: To avoid that "store-bought mayo" taste, make your own mayonaise. It's easy!
For personal use only. This recipe belongs to me and should not be reproduced without my express permission.