March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.
This fresh spin on potato salad is light and colorful thanks to the addition of green beans, tomatoes and a tangy vinaigrette dressing. Chilling intensifies the flavors, so make this salad up to one day in advance.
2 pounds small red potatoes
½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
½ cup chopped green onions
½ cup chopped thinly sliced basil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
- Place potatoes in a medium saucepan; add water to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until almost tender. Add green beans and cook 5 minutes longer or until beans are crisp-tender. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well.
- Cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Combine potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, green onions and basil in a large bowl.
- Whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, oil, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic in a small bowl. Pour dressing over potato mixture, and toss gently. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories: 115; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 215mg; Carbohydrates: 22g; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 3g