Star-Spangled Potato Salad #Recipe – With Dole Giveaway

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Dole Star-Spangled Potato Salad recipe

One of the things I really enjoy about blogging is seeing how much diversity here really is in this world. For example. Put ten people in a room and ask them to make a specific dish, let’s say macaroni and cheese. Every one of them will make mac & cheese but every dish of mac & cheese will be completely different from the others.

Potato salad is another dish where this happens. Everyone uses different ingredients, depending on their preference, or maybe that of their family. Some people use vinegar, some don’t. Some use eggs, some don’t. The Star-Spangled Potato Salad pictured above uses a Dole Salad Kit, which gives it a completely different flavor and texture. And if you like the sound of its taste, you’ll love the way it looks! I love the idea of doing the potatoes in shapes! Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Dole.

Star-Spangled Potato Salad

A fun twist on an all-time summer favorite. Red, white and purple potatoes are cut into star-shaped garnishes to make this salad a patriotic addition for your Fourth of July picnic – or anytime! The potatoes are tossed with a cilantro pesto marinade that pairs effortlessly with the ginger dressing and crunch of the DOLE® Chopped Sesame Asian Kit.

Prep: 30 min. Makes: 6 servings


  • 1 pound plus 1/4 cup mixed small potatoes:
  • red-skinned, purple, and white
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pkg. DOLE® All-Natural Chopped Sesame Asian Kit


Cook potatoes in boiling salted water 15 minutes or until tender. Drain; when cool enough to handle, set aside one or two potatoes then dice the remaining potatoes into six pieces; set aside.

Combine cilantro, pine nuts, ginger, lemon juice, garlic and salt in blender or food processor. Cover; blend until smooth. Blend at medium speed, then slowly add olive oil in thin stream until smooth. Toss with the potatoes. Set aside.

Toss salad blend in a separate bowl with Toasted Sesame & Ginger Vinaigrette dressing from salad kit. Pour over potato mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with wontons and sliced almond packet from salad kit.

Cut remaining whole potatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Press different-sized star shaped cookie cutters into the slices and arrange them on top of the salad.

Tip: The cilantro mixture can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.


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Dole Summer Giveaway


ONE winner will receive a prize pack containing:

  • Dole tote bag
  • The Simple Art of Eating Well Cookbook
  • Eating Well’s Flavorful Meatless Meals Cookbook
  • Dole tumbler
  • Dole collapsible bento box
  • Dole headphones
  • & salad coupons!


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The Food Hunter July 2, 2014 - 5:28 pm

very festive

Kathleen Kennedy-Leon July 2, 2014 - 6:01 pm

I like it with light mayo, my mother in law makes a good one

Anne July 2, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Try it with pineapple! Coleslaw with pineapple is dee-lish…why not try it with potato salad!

Amanda ( The Kitcheneer) July 2, 2014 - 6:37 pm

This salad is adorable and very appropriate for the upcoming holiday weekend!

KV July 2, 2014 - 6:40 pm

I like my potato salad with relish, boiled eggs, & mayo.

Sara P. (@SensiblySara) July 2, 2014 - 9:06 pm

I like my potato salad with a hint of mustard!

Deb Jackson July 2, 2014 - 9:37 pm

I like my potato salad loaded with sweet onions and sweet pickles.

Crystal Green July 2, 2014 - 9:54 pm

I loved my mom’s potato salad and I never did get her recipe. I miss it. This looks really good for sure.

Deb K July 2, 2014 - 10:54 pm

I like it made mustard.

Kira July 2, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Love easy summer salad like this – Thanks for sharing.

Kimberly Grabinski July 2, 2014 - 11:03 pm

This looks really good! I love the star shaped potatoes!

Liz Mays July 2, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Those potatoes are just so much fun. I love this recipe!

brittany steuart July 3, 2014 - 1:03 am

I love my potato salad with picles and all different things in it. I love eggs in it. I never seen one like this. Its cute.

Lisa July 3, 2014 - 1:34 am

this looks amazing and delicious!

Darlene Sullins July 3, 2014 - 2:26 am

I like mustard potato salad the most! My hubby likes Amish potato salad and its o.k… Still prefer the mustard one over it though!

patricia Marsden July 3, 2014 - 5:59 am

Did you know that some of the Jurrasic Park movie scenes were filmed at the Dole Plantation Hawaii?

Danielle Royalegacy July 3, 2014 - 8:30 am

We like our potato salad just the basic way

Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled July 3, 2014 - 8:35 am

LOVE this potato salad…perfect for our 4th of July party on Saturday! 🙂

Martha @ A Family Feast July 3, 2014 - 9:43 am

What a fun salad! We’ve done the star shape with fruit (as have many others) but never potatoes!! You are a creative, culinary genius! Pinned!

Courtney @ Neighborfood July 3, 2014 - 9:48 am

Oh my word this is adorable! What a clever idea!

Melissa from July 3, 2014 - 9:55 am

So pretty potato stars! I love to add beets to my potato salad 🙂

Tiff @ Babes and Kids July 3, 2014 - 11:21 am

How adorable are the stars in this salad? Such a cute idea!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting July 3, 2014 - 11:34 am

I love this so much! Those star-shaped potatoes are amazing!

christine July 3, 2014 - 12:08 pm

I love that you shaped some of the potatoes. What a great presentation!

JoeyfromSC July 3, 2014 - 12:35 pm

I love mine traditional southern style ha..with mustard, pickle relish, onions & mayonnaise! Yum! S&P of course too

Thank you for the chance to win!

Joey J.

JoeyfromSC July 3, 2014 - 12:36 pm

oops fave ingredient is the boiled eggs too! ha

Jen - Life With Levi July 3, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Those stars are genius! I’m totally going to use this to impress my friends.

D Schmidt July 3, 2014 - 2:38 pm

I love my potato salad with lots of mustard, apples, chopped nuts and pineapple pieces.

Rachel G July 3, 2014 - 3:04 pm

I like my potato salad with eggs and bacon bits.

Beth July 3, 2014 - 3:19 pm

I love the star shape potatoes!

Carol W July 3, 2014 - 3:59 pm

I like it made with red potatoes. thanks

Lauren @ Healthy Delicious July 3, 2014 - 5:28 pm

This is by far the cutest salad I’ve ever seen!

Theresa N July 3, 2014 - 9:01 pm

I like mine with a dash of mustard.

Amber Broussard July 4, 2014 - 12:18 am

Potatoes, hellmans mayo, dash of oil, dash of mustard, sakt pepper boiled diced eggs

samantha July 4, 2014 - 9:26 am

I love potato salad. there is almost nothing better on the fourth of july! the stars are so cute.

Nutmeg Nanny July 4, 2014 - 11:06 am

These little star spuds are adorable!

Lindley A. July 4, 2014 - 4:50 pm

I like it with red potatoes and lots of dill- thanks!

Marci July 5, 2014 - 7:02 pm

I like my moms potato salad the best! Not sure how she makes it, but it is very yummy!

Carla S July 6, 2014 - 6:46 am

I like my potato salad with red onion,red potatoes, and lots of mayonnaise.

Mellisa July 6, 2014 - 8:58 am

What a great idea! There are so many patriotic holidays that this recipe would be great for. Thanks for sharing.

wen budro July 6, 2014 - 12:31 pm

I like my potato salad without onions and celery and with diced egg and sweet pickles.

Rachael July 6, 2014 - 3:26 pm

with some Dijon mustard and sweet pickles… so incredibly good

Birdiebee July 6, 2014 - 3:35 pm

I like my potato salad with cooked bacon, pickles, mayo, dijon mustard and Lawry’s Seasoning Salt.

Leigh Anne Borders July 6, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Potato Salad is one of my weaknesses. I love a good mustard style potato salad with dill relish and eggs.

Carolsue July 6, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Besides potatoes, of course, I just use Miracle Whip, relish, mustard, celery and hard boiled eggs.

Dana Cerrito July 6, 2014 - 7:31 pm

I like to use red skin potatoes

Shannon July 6, 2014 - 8:47 pm

Love the way my grandma makes her potato salad – with lots of love and time – she slow boils her potatoes and eggs and makes her own mayonnaise

Mommy Has A Life July 6, 2014 - 10:59 pm

great idea!! I will have to save this one 🙂

Angela Saver July 7, 2014 - 2:25 am

I like my potato salad with hard-boiled eggs, celery, onions, mustard & Miracle Whip!

Angie July 7, 2014 - 1:33 pm

What a cute potato salad! Perfect for the 4th!

Karen Lynn July 7, 2014 - 8:15 pm

I make two, one is with miracle whip, boiled eggs, onions, sweet relish the other is
little red potatoes, hellmans mayo , boiled eggs, celery and bacon

Dana Rodriguez July 8, 2014 - 9:21 am

That looks good!I love mine with mustard,mayo and crumbled bacon.

Cheryl B. July 8, 2014 - 11:08 am

I like my potato salad with a little sweet pickle relish in it.

Madonna July 8, 2014 - 11:50 am

we aren’t potato salad fans so on the rare occasions I make it we just eat it plain.

rachel July 8, 2014 - 2:23 pm

I like it creamy and tangy

Jesse S July 8, 2014 - 5:50 pm

I like mine with eggs and peas

Judi P July 8, 2014 - 11:23 pm

I like mine with mayo and mustard and dill relish

Sarah Bauman July 8, 2014 - 11:44 pm

I like my potato salad with some bacon, creamy and tangy.

TZel July 9, 2014 - 2:07 am

With mayo, mustard and hard-boiled eggs.

Bobbie Anne Munsey July 9, 2014 - 7:19 am

I have eaten alot of Potato salad around July 4th, some of which I just didn’t like. I had potato salad with an odd white color and then normal potato salad with the yellowish color. Since I don’t like mustard, I prefer using a little mustard but not alot. The white “mustard free” potato salad was a good concept, but picky me needs that potato salad yellow color to make me smile.

Staci A July 9, 2014 - 9:15 pm

I make a sweet potato salad with apples, bacon, and oil and vinegar.

Debbie Welchert July 10, 2014 - 1:59 pm

I like my potato salad with mayo,mustard, onions and eggs in it.

Cori Westphal July 11, 2014 - 2:10 pm

I like mine with potatoes and onions, mayo and lots of mustard, with just a dash of pickle juice! Yum!

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Robin Wilson July 11, 2014 - 3:56 pm

I like my potato salad the Southern way…mayo, sweet pickle cubes, eggs, little bit of onions. My husband prefers German (vinegar based) potato salad.


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