Potato Beet Salad

In 1992, we took our young children to Grand Cayman island in the Caribbean. As all tourists do there, one day we took a boat out to swim with stingrays at Stingray City, followed by picnic on a beach of a local island.

So, what do I remember from this adventure? The creamy potato and beet salad. As well as fresh conch.

I have no Caribbean cuisine resources, so I decided to just make up the recipe. And it’s good.

What I enjoyed on that tropical beach was a tangy, earthy, creamy mixture of potatoes and beets. And now I can have that again, without the beach.

Potato and Beet Salad

6 medium-sized white potatoes, peeled or not
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup good mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 cans whole beets, lightly rinsed and well drained
2 shallots, minced
Chives, for serving
Hard-boiled egg halves, optional

Cut the potatoes into fairly uniform 1/2 – 3/4” size cubes. Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove. Toss in the potato cubes and salt. Cook until just tender, about 6 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let cool in the colander.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon, lemon juice, salt, and white pepper. Whisk until smooth and set aside.

Place the somewhat cooled potato cubes in the bowl with the mayo mixture and stir gently to combine. This allows the potatoes to absorb some of the creamy mixture.

Cube the beets into similar sized cubes as much as is possible, and toss into potato salad. I also let them sit on paper towels until I used them.

then add the shallots and fold in. Pinkness is okay, and will happen, but don’t overstir.

I actually used a ring to make the salad look less than it is – a creamy mess of a salad!

To serve, sprinkle the salad with chives.

Encircle the salad with egg halves, if desired.

I always think potato=based salads need more salt, so serve it as well.

Think of this salad with grilled shrimp, or chicken or sausage… just about anything.

Even beet haters, or people who think they dislike beets would love this salad. There’s nothing not to love!

I know it was almost 30 years ago when we took this vacation, but why do I look alien to myself?!! Who is that??!!!

46 thoughts on “Potato Beet Salad

  • Wonderful vacation! Happy family 😊☀️
    It’s you still you but another version 😉
    This salad must be super delicious! Combining 2 of my favorite ingredients it definitely must be heaven 😋😋😋
    And so pretty too! Beautiful photos too!

  • Mimi, not only does this look yummy, . We love our it looks smashing as well. We love our potato salads and beets over this way, so this should be a hit on our table.
    I used to go fishing in the Cayman Islands. They were and I suppose still are wonderful. I never spent much time on Grand Cayman, but instead on Little Cayman Island. Thanks for the recipes and memories of some fine fishing trips.

  • When I look in the mirror these days I can’t believe what I’ve turned into!! An alien to be sure.
    Now this salad, looks simple but I’ll bet it is a little powerhouse of flavour. Looking forward to making it. Unfortunately I’ve never visited the Caymans but hopefully, in time, it might be able to happen! But, I have eaten conch!!
    Thanks Mimi. :))

    • Yeah, I wasn’t kidding when I used the word alien! Isn’t conch wonderful?! My first and only experience. Hopefully we can travel again soon….

    • Thank you! That’s very sweet. Otherwise it just would have looked like a pile of potato salad! Which doesn’t photograph very well 😬

  • Fabulous photos!! Actually my late mum used to make a Insalata Russa (Russian Salad) that was very similar to this – I loved it so I know this is delicious!

    • When I googled, this salad what somewhat related to Insalata Russia as well as a French Salad Russe, but missing the peas of course. I’ve had the Russian/Eastern European version and it’s really good, in spite of canned peas!

  • That is BY FAR the most gorgeous and enticing potato salad I have ever seen. I can generally skip potato salad at any event, but I would eat this because I know it is as good as it looks beautiful!

    • Yes, I have an almost 3 and almost 6! One of each. I only had daughters, so this one little boy is pretty fascinating. The salad is really good. The beet flavor is mild with all the other ingredients.

  • I’ll never forget the first time I looked at an old photo and though, “Oh my God, I was so young!” Sigh. But this salad! I love beets. I’ve never heard of this idea of putting them in a potato salad, but now I can’t wait to try it!

  • Mimi, I love this recipe and the lovely way you plated it really hides how easy it is to make! I do love beets and what a beautiful way to eat them! I can’t wait to give this a try! My daughter and I will love it. Not sure the 2 non-beet-eaters in the house can be swayed, but will give it a try. If not, well, more for us then!

    • Thank you. I think I have memories with most all food, especially when traveling. And they’re always great memories!

    • Oh my god, now I’ve heard everything! I have a friend whose husband won’t eat anything shaped like eyeballs. Even peas. But pink food?!!!!!! Hysterical.

  • Using that ring is a fun way to serve potato salad! I’m a little surprised it held it’s shape after the ring was removed. Either way, this is a fun recipe. I love recipes that were inspired by travels, and I’m sure this one brought back fun memories!

    • To be honest, I was too! At the last minute, before lifting the ring, I really panicked. I was wondering if I was supposed to have greased it first? I chilled them for about 15 minutes first, and the ring just lifted off. I need to use them more often! My presentations are often lacking, and sometimes the best food is not the prettiest!

  • I’m a HUGE potato salad fan and this recipe with beets sounds amazing and looks beautiful! I’m definitely going to try this!

    • They do “pretty” up the salad, but the sweetness and earthiness is a wonderful addition to the potatoes. Hope you try it!

  • Mimi, your beet and potato salad reminded my of the Caribbean too. We live a year in Santo Domingo and there was this small restaurant that we used to walk to that made a similar salad called Ensalada Rusa…the only difference being it had hard boiled egg as well. Your photos are outstanding.

    • Oh thank you! Well, that’s not surprising, because when I tried to find an actual recipe, I discovered that this combination is a “cousin” to a Russian salad, and a French salad called Salade Russe. But wasn’t yours mostly peas? That’s what they’ve been in my experience. I bet that was a fun year!

  • Chef Mimi, we are huge potato salad fans and this earthy recipe with beets added in is going on our menu soon! It really looks very delicious. Thank you for sharing your family vacation photos. Time really does fly, doesn’t it? I don’t see any aliens! :) What a beautiful crew you all are! We sure are missing our big family road trip this summer.

    • Ha! No aliens?!!! I know, this has been a terrible year if you love traveling. And road trips are so much fun.

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