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Lightened-Up Potato Salad

May 18, 2014

Lightened-Up Potato Salad that is lightened-up with greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. It’s the perfect side-dish recipe for summer or your next picnic!

Happy Victoria Day weekend to all you Canadians! To everyone else, please don’t ask me what Victoria Day is as I have no clue. Although I could tell you that Victoria Day is often referred to as the May 2-4 long weekend since it often falls around May 24th and because you are required to drink a copious amount of beer. Making Queen Victoria proud…Lightened-Up Potato SaladIn honour of the unofficial start of BBQ season, I figured I’d make a classic potato salad, but lightened-up of course! Potato salad (and macaroni salad) will forever remind me of cook-outs at camp. All the campers lined up by bunks sitting in their crazy creek chairs, boom boxes blaring R-Kelly and girls whispering about who they’re meeting at the archery range during 7th period.

Summer camp is a huge part of who I am today. Some of my closest friends to this day I made when I was 8 and still had a unibrow. People who continue to be your friend even after some embarrassing lead roles in the camp play are gems that you want to hold onto. I also had so many firsts there. First dive into Lake Baboo, first kiss, and first dumpster dive, among countless others which I probably shouldn’t share.

I learned how to live away from home, how to shoot a gun (truth!), how to live with 20 other girls and eventually how to take care of 20 girls. Summer camp gives kids an opportunity to be completely and entirely themselves away from the confines of home. It’s cool to be different but if all else fails you can always make best friends with a water balloon (uhhhhh that might have been me).

Lightened-Up Potato Salad 2Camp will always hold a special place in my heart, as will the people I met there. I have every intention of sending my future children to camp, whether they like it or not.

So please excuse me while I stuff my face with potato salad and reminisce about CCC to the Y, YYY to the J, CYJ woo!

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Lightened-Up Potato Salad

Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Serves 6-8     adjust servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds mini potatoes, chopped (or regular potatoes, chopped)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pickle, minced (optional)
  • 2/3 cup plain 0% fat greek yogurt
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. 1. Add chopped potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Bring water to a boil and once it starts boiling, lower heat to a simmer and let simmer for 12 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. 2. Drain potatoes and cover with cold water to stop the cooking.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, combine onion, celery and pickle (if using) in a large bowl.
  4. 4. Add potatoes.
  5. 5. Stir in greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, dried dill and curry powder.
  6. 6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. 7. Serve cold. Will keep in fridge for up to 5 days.


Lightened-Up Potato Salad - the perfect side-dish recipe for summer or your next picnic!Did you go to summer camp? What’s your favourite summer bbq dish?


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    May 18, 2014 at 5:45 am

    How ironic a week ago to this day, I found out much more about your camp ventures. Thanks.

    The saving grace is this potato salad recipe. and the fact you included dill AND curry powder. I think Meg and I will have a (potato) party.
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      May 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Oh yes, I think we should have a potato party. We could have a whole potato link up too. I like the addition of Dijon mustard and I’d probably throw in some red pepper for a dash of sass. Then again, I bet the dill is sassy enough. We already know Davida certainly is.

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    meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles
    May 18, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Summer means camp. Period. Absolutely went to camp, absolutely hated the heat and the camp bus that had no air conditioning back then but camp was the best! I lived for my camp friends and my summers and those memories. My son totally goes to camp. Never an option. He loves it too!
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    May 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Ah yes. Camp. My kiddo heads off for a month if camp in about 4 weeks. Crazy. Now into the potato salad. Looks yum. Will have to try.

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    May 18, 2014 at 7:01 am

    As someone who gags even at the thought of mayo, this potato salad is a godsend!
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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    May 18, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Love potato salad but I find that either my friends and family don’t like mayo or are counting calories so this is the PERFECT alternative! Happy holiday! 🙂
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    Mary Frances
    May 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

    So true, camp gives the unique opportunity to meet people with a clean slate. It is really fun and you get to meet such neat friends (most of the time 😉 ) Potato salad will forever remind me of the 4th of July – grilling, burgers, the whole nine yards. I can’t stop eating it, so this is a perfect lighter option! Pinning!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    May 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I went to camp for a week a few times when I was a kid – it was definitely one of my favourite things about summer. Just getting to meet new people and all the random activities – I didn’t learn how to shoot a gun, but I could shoot an arrow like it’s my job 😉
    favourite BBQ dish: hmmm….BBQ chicken, I would think!
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    May 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Do you like spicy? I made a potato salad a couple years ago (wtf why have I not made is since!?) and put jalopenos in it and MY GOD it was life changing. This looks sooo good, and makes me so excited for summer. I went to a couple day camps, but not many overnight real life summer camps. I would love to go to a camp for adults..bloggers? I dono..I just wanna sleep in a cabin.

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      May 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Yup..definitely spelled jalapeno wrong. Whoops.
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    May 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I went to summer camp once for like a week and cried like a bitch until the last day. -_- hahaha
    Tater salad IS my favorite BBQ dish! 😀

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    May 18, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Yum! Potato salad is one thing that I have not yet tried with Greek yogurt…. gotta give this a try!
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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    May 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Macaroni salad is, hands down, the best BBQ dish there is. Unless watermelon counts as a dish — then I’ll go with that one 😉 And it’s kind of embarrassing that I have no idea what Victoria Day is all about either. All I know is that people go crazy with planting things in their gardens, No joke. I wanted to go to Home Depot yesterday to order some custom blinds, and omg… the crowds there were insane.
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    May 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Totally went to summer camp. I’m an excellent archer, isn’t that weird? I’m basically Katniss over here.

    We had a really funny Victoria Day e-mail for our Canadian customers. I’ll have to forward it to you if you don’t get our e-mails haha.
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    May 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Yum – I love potato salad and macaroni salad!! I don’t think I ever loved summer camp like you did – I only went to 1 I think and it wasn’t really my thing – but we didn’t have potato salad either!
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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    May 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    People who went to summer camp are the best kinds of people. I wish there was a summer camp for adults because I would be all over that!
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    May 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Love! this post! Also the potato salad looks great. Stars in the skyyyy

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    May 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    What is this holiday you speak of. I kinda wish i would have met you at camp. I feel like you’ve met all your other cool friends at camp. Camp camp camp. Did you ever sing the song…”I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it’s hot. I wear my flannel nighties in the winter when it’s not. And sometimes I’m the springtime, and sometimes in the fall, I jump right through the covers on with nothing on at all!”


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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    May 19, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I went to summer camp and eventually was a counsellor there too. And I totally agree with everything you said here. Camp is a huge part of who I am today and I will always miss my summers there!
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    May 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    So you DO love me after all 🙂 I can’t wait to make this!!
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    Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa
    May 20, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Greek yogurt is a great mayo substitute….plus lots of protein! Love this version of the potato salad 🙂
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    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    May 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I can’t say I had the same experience with camp…I HATED sleep-away camp. I did enjoy day camp. I will never ever make my kids go if they don’t want to. I know a lot of people (the majority) that share your feelings about it tho 🙂 This potato salad sounds so good! Love that it’s tart from the yogurt and has dill…my fave!
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