Dijon Potato Salad

Let’s talk about last minute company for a minute. How do you handle it? For me, I am working really, really hard at being more welcoming of last minute guests and being more relaxed with a change in plans in general. I tend to not handle curveballs well. It takes me a while to bounce back and get back on track when changes come up. And even then, I tend to hold on to some level of annoyance. You’d think with 5 kids I’d be well accustomed to last minute everything, but that’s just not true, unfortunately.

Anyhow, on Memorial Day as Eric, the kids and I were working in the yard, Eric suggested we invite our neighbors over to eat dinner with us. The part of me that wants to be more welcoming of last minute guests said yes, but the part of me that hates change freaked just a little bit inside. Our plans for dinner were very simple – hot dogs and brats on the grill, basic potato salad, corn on the cob and some fruit. To me, that is not a dinner you serve to company. But with a little prodding from my husband, I decided to just go with. I settled for fancy-ing up the potato salad a bit a making a nice dessert. And you know what? It was a great night with great food.

How do you handle last minute company? Do you scrap original plans in favor of something a little nicer?

Dijon Potato Salad

  • 2 1/2 lbs. red potatoes
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 pepper (green, red or yellow), diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 T. dijon mustard
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 1/2 t. black pepper
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, diced, cooked and degreased

1. Cube potatoes and place in a large pot filled with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.

2. Combine the potatoes, onion, pepper and green onions in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the mayonaise, dijon mustard, salt, paprika and pepper until combined. Spoon over potato mixture and toss to coat completely.

3. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, stir in the cooked bacon.

6 thoughts on “Dijon Potato Salad

  1. Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone!! Over time I’ve learned to roll with the punches a little bit more in terms of having last-minute guests. Generally if I can, I just go with what I’m making and make a larger quantity. One of the tricky things out here (in B.C.) is that there are a ton of vegetarians, so my last-minute guests may not want steak or chicken! I have to have a back-up plan ready to go. I always have cooked beans in my freezer for those instances. Also, I have a couple of quick and simple desserts I can throw together if need-be. Ultimately, people don’t care what you serve them – they’re just thankful for being welcomed into your home and feeling included in your lives!

  2. That’s funny, because that’s almost exactly the menu we served to our Memorial Day guests! Only, I guess I’m not an ambitious foodie, because I didn’t have a problem with that meal–it’s Memorial Day, after all–aren’t you supposed to eat hot dogs and hamburgers? We also had a great time even though we had three single guys besides me and my hubby so I was the only girl 🙂 It actually made it a lot easier on me! They did most of the the talking 🙂

  3. I had a similar thing happen last weekend with my husband wanting to invite a family over at the last minute. I was torn…wanted to but wasn’t prepared. I ended up just going with the idea and it was a good evening getting to know a nice family a little bit more. We threw the hot dogs and hambugers on the grill, poured chips in some big bowls and sliced some watermelon. Not what I’d typically want to do for company (especially folks I don’t know well) but it was relaxed and we all enjoyed it. Not sure whay I tend to feel like it has to be “special” or prefect.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sounds yummy.
    Just found your blog so I’m anxious to read more 🙂

  4. I like to know ahead of time what the plans are, and when things change because of someone else being inconsiderate or forgetful it really bothers me. If I am not involved in the planning, or it is not at my house, I generally don’t care. But if I’m hosting something it bothers me when others show up late or unannounced. I’m working on being better about it too =D

    I LOVE Potato salad. Sadly, my wife does not. Or maybe that is a good thing because then I could eat all of this delicious dijon potato salad myself? I’m a new subscriber here and am loving the recipes. I don’t know where to start.

  5. This would be so perfect for my 4th of july party this weekend. I love dijon and potato salad. I think those would go together very well. I will def. try this one. thanks 😉

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