Potatoes Are The #1 Pick For Favorite Healthy BBQ Side Dish

Jun 26, 2012, 12:15 ET from United States Potato Board

DENVER, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With summer BBQ season underway and the ultimate BBQ holiday just days away, Americans across the country have pronounced potato salad their No. 1 pick among healthy BBQ side dishes. According to a poll on CookingLight.com, potato salad is the favorite healthy summer side, surpassing other traditional sides like coleslaw, pasta salad and baked beans.

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Whether you prefer a traditional potato salad or a twist on the traditional, the United States Potato Board (USPB), representing the nation's 2,500 potato growers, has your Fourth of July BBQ potato salad recipe covered.

The USPB's Quick & Healthy Classic Potato Salad recipe is a healthy spin on the traditional American side dish and is ideal for serving alongside just about any summertime entree, from chicken and fish to Fourth of July favorites, such as hot dogs and burgers. By using nonfat plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise, this potato salad has just 180 calories and zero fat per serving.

For a twist on the traditional, try the USPB's Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Lemon & Thyme for a salad that is colorful, bursting with citrus flavor and has just a hint of creaminess. This salad, created for the USPB by Laura Bashar of www.familyspice.com, packs 110 percent of your daily value of vitamin C in just a single serving and 81 milligrams of potassium.

How can something so delicious also be so packed with nutrition? It's the potato, of course! At just 110 calories, the base of America's favorite vegetable side dish is packed with essential vitamins and minerals.  One medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato boasts more potassium than a banana and almost half your daily value of vitamin C (45%), and absolutely no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

Visit www.potatogoodness.com for more healthy and creative potato salad recipes, including Greek Potato Salad, Baked Potato Salad and Grilled Pesto Potato Salad. You can also visit our Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/potatoestatersandspuds) to sign-up for our weekly recipe email to receive a new recipe in your email in-box each week.

The United States Potato Board (USPB) is the nation's potato marketing and research organization.  Based in Denver, Colorado, the USPB represents more than 2,500 potato growers and handlers across the country. The USPB was established in 1971 by a group of potato growers to promote the benefits of eating potatoes. Today, as the largest vegetable commodity board, the USPB is proud to be recognized as an innovator in the produce industry and dedicated to positioning potatoes as a nutrition powerhouse—truly, goodness unearthed.   



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