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Shoestring Potato Salad

Shoestring Potato Salad

Shoestring Potato Salad

I’ve been very delinquent in posting our old family recipes.  Time to drag out the old favorites and make them again!  We enjoy the dishes, we just don’t remember to revisit them as often as I’d like.  I had a craving for Shoestring Salad the other day and made a point to buy shoestring potatoes and Miracle Whip.  We’re usually a mayo family but there are those salads such as this one and broccoli salad that require the change.

Shred 1 cup of carrots

Shred 1 cup of carrots

The shoestring salad really is simple and fast to make.  You could even be faster if you know how to shred with a food processor or other electric means.  I like my little metal box shredder/grater and don’t mind using it to shred the carrots.  It took 3 medium-sized carrots to equal one up of shredded carrot.

Finely dice 2 tablespoons of onion

Finely dice 2 tablespoons of onion

Next I chopped the onion finely.  I had red onion already diced so I used that.  Regular white or yellow onion would also work well.

Finely chop 1 cup of celery

Finely chop 1 cup of celery

I chopped 4 ribs of celery to get one cup of finely chopped.  I cut the lengths thinner so the chopping would be faster.

Add 1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip and 1 5 ounce can tuna in water

Add 1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip and 1 5 ounce can tuna in water

I measured the Miracle Whip and added it to the container with the vegetables.  Finally I opened the can of tuna and added it to the mix.  I didn’t drain the tuna, as I use a water packed version.  The original recipe for the shoestring salad  said to thin the Miracle Whip with a bit of cream but that isn’t necessary when you use the whole undrained can of tuna.

Stir well, cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight

Stir well, cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight

I stirred well and put a lid on the container then placed it in the fridge for several hours.  Just before serving I’d add the shoestring potatoes and sliced almonds.

Place shoestring potatoes and sliced almonds in a bowl. Add carrot and tuna mixture and stir. If you're serving fewer people you might want to mix half and mix the other half when needed. This prevents the shoestring potatoes from getting soggy.

Place shoestring potatoes and sliced almonds in a bowl. Add carrot and tuna mixture and stir. If you’re serving fewer people you might want to mix half and mix the other half when needed. This prevents the shoestring potatoes from getting soggy.

There were just the two of us for dinner so I put half of the shoestring potatoes and almonds.

Serve immediately after mixing in the shoestring potatoes to maintain the crispness.

Serve immediately after mixing in the shoestring potatoes to maintain the crispness.

I added half of the carrot and tuna mixture into the bowl and stirred well.  Mixing just enough for dinner would insure we wouldn’t have a soggy mess to eat the next evening.  I would freshly mix it again and have the same crispy salad two nights in a row.

Shoestring Potato Salad

Shoestring Potato Salad

We enjoyed the salad with grilled pork chops and another salad with zucchini noodles.  So many veggies to accompany our grilled meat!  Summer is the most interesting time of year to enjoy quick vegetable salads.

Shoestring Potato Salad

Shoestring Potato Salad

Shoestring Potato Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup carrot; shredded (about 3 medium carrots)
  • 1 cup celery; finely chopped (about 4 ribs)
  • 2 tablespoon onion; finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1 5 oz can tuna; packed in water
  • 1 small can shoestring potatoes
  • 1/2 C. slivered almonds

Mix together carrot, onion, celery, tuna and Miracle Whip. Chill several hours or even overnight.

Just before serving add shoestring potatoes and slivered almonds.

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