Picnic Side Salads


What year was it? The Titanic sank, and Massachusetts became the first state to adopt a minimum wage law?
(a) 1919 (b) 1902 (c) 1912 (d) None of the above

Ranch Potato Salad


Michael chose most of the picnic dinner menu, steak, potato salad and a garden salad easy for me, but in an effort to make it feel a little special I made a really pretty salad with 3 dressings to choose from,  I thought that he would choose the ranch dressing but he went with the Italian after I mentioned the “ranch” potato salad.

Rose’s Ranch Dressing
  • 3/4 cup Duke’s mayo
  • 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 sprig fresh dill, minced
  • small tender sprig of thyme or thyme leaves minced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 teaspoons or more finely chopped chives
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions – add more seasoning to suit your tastes and of course thicken or thin it with more sour cream, mayo, or buttermilk.

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Gently blend thoroughly until combined store in sealed container…

Ranch House Potato Salad Debbie Moose – Buttermilk
Use homemade or store-bought dressing, I prefer homemade
This easy side dish uses ranch dressing and simple additions to create a potato salad that tastes like you worked all day on it. The dressing contains salt, so you may not need more; taste and see.
2 pounds white potatoes
1 cup ranch dressing
3⁄4 cup chopped red onion
3⁄4 cup chopped celery
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1⁄4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste
Place the potatoes in a large pot, add enough water to cover them, cover the pot with a lid, and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are pierced easily with the tip of a sharp knife, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and let cool until you can handle them but they are still warm. Peel and cut into approximately 1-inch pieces. In a large bowl, combine the ranch dressing, red onion, celery, parsley, bacon, and black pepper. Taste, then add salt, if needed. Stir in the potatoes. Cover and refrigerate for several hours to overnight.PhotoScapeX

Seasonal fresh corn was added along with some regular refrigerator residents items, sliced pepperoncini, assorted olives, and artichoke hearts. 


Good old-fashioned 3 bean salad with artichoke hearts and red peppers dressed with white balsamic Italian dressing.
Look for green and wax beans in a microwavable bag in the fresh produce section or the blend in the freezer section of steamable frozen vegetables.