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Cook the Book: Mostly Not Potato Salad

[Photographs: Heidi Swanson]

Potato salad isn't generally a very salad-y salad. It never contains more than a couple vegetables and as far as healthy points go, it comes in at pretty much nil once you get all the creaminess involved. But potato salad is a summer staple. Where would barbecues and picnics be without some sort of chilled, dressed spud salad?

Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day, has brilliantly solved the salad-y potato salad equation with this Mostly Not Potato Salad. Dressed with a French mustardy dressing, Swanson has scaled back the potatoes and jam packed this one with all sorts of green vegetables and even a bit of tofu for creaminess and protein. Soft skinned potatoes and crisp blanched green beans are tossed with crunchy cucumbers and celery, and mixed with sweetly caramelized leeks and dill for a salad that's equal parts potato salad and salad-salad.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Super Natural Every Day to give away this week.

Reprinted with permission from Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson and her blog, 101 Cookbooks. Copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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