Virtual Picnic – Nanny’s Potato Salad

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by Amber on April 22, 2011

Earth Day is about celebrating the planet that we live on. The Nature Conservancy came up with the idea of having a Picnic for the Planet. They’re encouraging communities around the globe to come together and enjoy the great outdoors, good food, and each other and celebrate the beauty that is Nature this Earth Day.

Getting together with a bunch of your favorite blogging friends, however, might not be very green. We live all over the world, and flying is not a very green way to travel. So instead, we’re having a Virtual Picnic for the Planet.

What would I take to our picnic? My Nanny’s Potato Salad.

My Nanny’s potato salad is legendary. People all over San Antonio know her, and lately, my sister, for it. It’s always been their go-to barbecue, picnic, or potluck side dish.

Chellee, my sister, will tell you that it’s the poppy seeds that make it special. I’ll tell you I think it’s the poppy seeds and the love. My grandmother has made this potato salad more times than I can remember, usually to go along side cold fried chicken, slow smoked brisket, and delicious borracho beans. That right there, folks, is a Texan picnic.

Today is Earth Day. I for one want the Earth to be as healthy as it possibly can be, so that the lives of Chellee’s children, David and Ava, are long and prosperous.

Visit the Nature Conservancy’s website for more information about throwing your own Picnic for the Planet in your neighborhood. And maybe take Nanny’s potato salad with you.

Visit the rest of my Picnicking Pals around the web for a scrumptious virtual picnic full of salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks perfect for your own Picnic for the Planet.

Simple Bites | Pressed Sandwiches
My Baking Addiction | Mixed Berry Cheesecakes in a Jar
Gourmande in the Kitchen | Honey Ginger Lemonade
Dine & Dish | Sangria
Add A Pinch | Herbed Tortellini Salad
Bakers Royale | Fruit Recipe Roundup
Three Many Cooks | Black and White Caviar
Food for My Family | Homemade Potato Chips and Avocado Ranch Dip
Sugarcrafter |Apple Hand Pies
Tickled Red | Tangy Potato Salad
What’s Cooking with Kids | Kale Chips
Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Mini Lemonade Cakes
TidyMom | Picnic Pies in a Jar


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TidyMom April 22, 2011 at 8:23 AM

I can’t WAIT to try this recipe Amber!! thanks so much for sharing!!

Tickled Red April 22, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Oh yum on the poppy seeds! I’m with you it’s the love as well :) I can’t wait to try your Nanny’s potato salad this summer.Wish we were just a smidgen closer love.

Amanda April 22, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I have never seen potato salad like this… how beautiful and unique!

Robyn | Add a Pinch April 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM

This is a gorgeous potato salad, Amber!

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Thanks, Robyn! It’s a family specialty that we’re really proud of!

Kristen April 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

I would have never thought of poppy seeds in potato salad. What a great recipe!

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Thanks, Kristen! I think you’ll love it if you try it.

DessertForTwo April 22, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Ahhhh, potato salad. (Entire huge craving here)

Looks great :)

P.S. I installed comment luv like you said! I luv it, thanks :)

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Tell ya a secret: I cut down the recipe until it served 2 people to take this photo. 2 potatoes, 1 egg, 2 tbsp mayo. Was totally channeling you!

maggy@threemanycooks April 22, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Looks delicious! Love the poppy seeds on there. YUM!

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Maggy, I think you’d be a big fan.

Wenderly April 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Such a unique gorgeous potato salad! LOVE the poppy seeds!

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Thanks, Wendy! I like to think I did Nanny proud.

Tracy April 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

This potato salad looks perfect! I’ve never put poppy seeds on potato salad before, but I am totally going to try this next time!

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM

I think you’ll really like it, Tracy. It really adds something special!

Sylvie@GITK April 22, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I think you’re right it’s the love that make grandma’s recipes the best. I know that’s how I feel about my grandmother’s recipes.

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Sylvie, she’s totally the reason I started blogging. She’s got too many gems not to share with the world.

Aimee @ Simple Bites April 23, 2011 at 7:31 AM

I want to go on a Texas picnic!!!

Thanks for teaming up with me for this virtual picnic. It’s been a blast. Can we do it again soon? ;)

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I want you to go on a Texas picnic WITH me!

I’m so glad you let me team up with you. Give me a week to rest, then we can start over! ;)

Jamie | MBA April 23, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I can’t wait to try this…I LOVE potato salad and I’m betting the Nature’s Seasoning and poppy seeds make this one extra special.

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I think it’s going to become your new favorite potato salad, lady.

Lindsey April 23, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Wow your potato salad looks amazing. I LOVE poppyseeds but never though about adding them to potato salad. What a great idea. I’m so glad I found your blog, I love it! :)

Amber April 23, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Well thanks for the lovely comment, Lindsey! You’re a sweetheart!

I’m telling you – everyone that ever sees Nanny’s potato salad for the first time says the same thing: “Poppy seeds?”
Then they taste it. And it’s all she wrote!

Melissa April 23, 2011 at 6:52 PM

I love potato salad. My mom makes a great one and I try so hard to recreate it-but it just isn’t my moms. This picnic series is great! I love picnics!

sweetsugarbelle May 26, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Im jumping all over your blog hungrily. It was this and now ofto borracho sp? Beans… :-) AND lol @ natures seasonings…I put that stuff in everything. That’s my house seasoning!

Amber May 26, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Haha. It’s our “house” spice too. That and McCormick’s Season-All. I put that crap in everything. Fried chicken, chicken soup, roast beef…

Cassie July 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM

My potatoes are almost ready! Can’t wait to taste this

Gigi Cuccaro July 8, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Looks and tastes yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Raven May 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Never heard of poppy seeds on potato salad but plan on trying it on my recipe, http://www.cookeatdelicious.com/vegetables-recipes/potatoes-recipes/new-classic-potato-salad-recipe.html, thanks for the suggestion!

Play Schools in Kochi June 18, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Potato Salad. wow. i never tried this. whenever there is an option to make salad i regularly tries varieties of onion with other vegetables. but never tried of this potato sald. good one. thanks for sharing the recipe.

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