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.
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.
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.
I chopped 4 ribs of celery to get one cup of finely chopped. I cut the lengths thinner so the chopping would be faster.
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.
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.
There were just the two of us for dinner so I put half of the shoestring potatoes and almonds.
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.
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
- 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.