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There are a lot of quintessential summer foods. I think potato salad falls into that category. However, they can be very calorie-heavy because of the dressing and other fat-containing ingredients. Mayonnaise, bacon bits, eggs, and cheese. When table salt and relish are ingredients, sodium may be high as well.

If you cannot bear to part with your family recipe for potato salad (heavy with calories and fat), consider making it over one ingredient at a time until it is lighter and still tasty. Or keep your portions small.

Try this recipe (also a modified family potato salad) with lighter ingredients and lots of flavor. And you bacon-lovers still get it. The recipe is below, and the video shows it all put together.

Bacon Potato Salad (Serves 8)

Typically very full of fat and calories, this lightened potato salad keeps the flavor from added seasonings even when using lower-fat ingredients and less bacon. Try plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream and/or mayo.

2 lbs red potatoes, unpeeled and diced
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 cup plain cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp prepared yellow mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 green onions, sliced
1 celery rib, chopped
2 tsp minced chives (or additional green onion)
1/2 cup crumbled bacon bits
    1. Place potatoes in large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender but not soft. Drain and cool completely.
    2. In a large bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper until smooth.
    3. Add cooled potatoes, green onions, celery, chives, and bacon to dressing and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Nutritional analysis per serving: 130 calories, 4g fat, 590mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 7g protein