Someone recently summed up summer for me and I have to say it makes a lot of sense. Memorial Day weekend is the “Friday” of Summer with what seems at the time to mean endless days of sun and fun until Fall arrives. It kicks off the season of no school, beach days, vacations, and relaxation. Fourth of July is like the “Saturday” of Summer and everyone loves Saturday. It’s placed safely in the middle and means we Americans celebrate freedom and independence. Labor Day ends up being the “Sunday” Summer bummer which means it’s come to an end with a new season starting. Sunday usually signals there is work or school on the horizon and it’s time to jump back into routines and responsibility.
Beginnings and endings can be so difficult. Sometimes we flounder at the beginning of something because it’s new and scary and outside of our comfort zone. Starting a new job, new way of eating, or new exercise routine means we jump into the land of the unknown. Yikes! Endings can be even more difficult as we often have no choice or control over if or when they occur. Sunday evening will come to end the weekend just like Labor Day will come to end the Summer whether we like it or not.
For me, comfort comes from things that do stay consist. Food and our need for it stays consistent no matter what season it is. Holidays are a smorgasbord for the senses including taste. Memorial Day tastes like corn on the cob, potato salad, grilled chicken, and strawberry shortcake to me. I’m not a fan of mayo so I needed to come up with a good mayo free potato salad to pull out every Memorial Day. I think this year will be the beginning of a new yearly Memorial Day tradition.
Artichoke Vinaigrette Potato Salad
- 1 1/2 – 2 pounds small yellow potatoes
- 1 cup chopped oil marinated artichokes
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions, green tops included
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon 21 seasoning blend, I use Trader Joe’s
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
Directions: Rinse potatoes, cut in half or quarters for bite sized pieces, and place in a large pot with water covering the top of the potatoes. Bring to a gentle boil for 15 mins, remove for heat, drain and place in a mixing bowl to cool. While the potatoes are cooling chop the artichokes, green onions, and parsley and add to potatoes. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients, combine with the potatoes, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish with more chopped green onions and parsley.