Ukrops-Inspired Redskin Potato Salad

redskin potato salad ukrops copycat

I’m sure it’s getting pretty darn repetitive to hear about how I’m moving soon.  I know, I know.  It’s been months!  Just move already!  It’s looking more and more like the move is happening soon, so hopefully you wont have to hear about this much longer!  I have a tentative start date of November 4.  But this is the federal government and there’s a background check that hasn’t even started yet.  So fingers crossed!

In the meantime, I’m taking stock of what local treasures I’m going to miss when I leave Richmond, and local foods are high on that list.  Some are dishes served at local restaurants, like the amazing Vegan Curried Chicken Salad from 821 Cafe.  And some of these local favorites are sold in grocery stores.  Richmonders loved our local grocery store chain, Ukrops.  When they went out of business, people were practically panicked about what was going to happen to their favorite Ukrop’s Kitchen recipes.  Where were we going to buy our White House Rolls?  Our Rainbow Cookies?  Our Redskin Potato Salad?!!!

ceramic knife green onions

Okay, I could not care less about the White House Rolls our Rainbow Cookies.  The rolls are just basic rolls and biting into a rainbow cookie coats your mouth with lard (and very little flavor).  But that potato salad – OMG.  Both creamy and sharp, it’s the perfect potato salad.  So along with the rest of the city I breathed a sigh of relief when Ukrop’s decided to keep their factories open to sell packaged foods to Martin’s grocery stores (and now several others).

But that reprieve was temporary for me, since it’s time for me to leave!  So I got to work recreating the recipe, and guys: I did it.  The key appears to be way more celery seed than feels right when you either see it go in or see the recipe.  So much celery seed! But that also helps explain why my mouth tingles when I eat this; I’m allergic to celery seed!  Oh, and use the larger kind of redskin potatoes.  The smaller ones have a dirty flavor that no one wants to acknowledge for some reason.

So now I get to take a little bit of Ukrop’s with me to Maryland!

Redskin Potato Salad

  • 1 1/2 pounds redskin potatoes, cubed
  • One stalk celery, finely diced
  • 2-3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 3 tablespoons celery seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Boil the potatoes.  Drain and set aside to cool.

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard powder, and celery seed in a bowl.

Stir the celery and onions into the cooled potatoes.

green onions scallions celery potatoesNow stir in the sour cream/mayonnaise mixture.

redskin potato salad ukrops copycatAnd that’s it!  Potato salad is pretty much always just “mix that shit up” so this was always going to be a very short post!

copycat ukrop's redskin potato salad

Try this copycat recipe of Richmond, Virginia's favorite potato salad: the Ukrop's Redskin Potato Salad!




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