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Want to buy best traditional Potato Salad for BBQ dinner - Whole Foods or..?

control25 Aug 14, 2011 08:34 AM

Usually we make everything from scratch ~ like today..ribs slow cooked over coals that have been rubbed overnight and will enjoy a butter herb baste and spicy glaze at the end but too busy today to make the potato salad. I here that Wills SF style (at Costco) is great however I don't really want 5lbs of it.

  1. The Librarian Aug 14, 2011 09:14 AM

    I'm not a fan of Whole Foods salads in general because they tend to use too much raw onion for my taste. Since I seem to be incapable of making good potato salad, I bought some at Mollie Stone's. It's a red potato salad with mustard and dill - really good.Everyone loved it. Just put it in your own serving dish, and no one will be the wiser!

    1. mariacarmen Aug 14, 2011 09:57 AM

      alright,i may get slammed for this, and i totally turned up my nose at and pooh-poohed it too when i first had someone bring it to a bbq, but Safeway's Nonna potato salad is really good. I remember going to the deli counter once and having the guy behind the counter hand me a slice of honey ham wrapped around some of that potato salad - delicious! that became a snack for months. And i tried it with a fancier italian deli place - their potato salad was nowhere near as good. I usually make my own potato salad, but Safeway's is really good in a pinch, mild and fresh tasting.

      9 Replies
      1. re: mariacarmen
        wolfe Aug 14, 2011 10:06 AM

        And it probably wouldn't hurt to put in some chopped Claussen pickles.

        1. re: wolfe
          mariacarmen Aug 14, 2011 10:12 AM

          oh sure, you can always doll up store-bought potato salad, but if you want something with no effort, it's pretty darned good. to me.

          1. re: mariacarmen
            Spatlese Aug 14, 2011 10:19 AM

            Honestly, I'm quite a fan of Safeway's regular potato salad - certainly for the price, it can't be beat.

            1. re: Spatlese
              mariacarmen Aug 14, 2011 10:23 AM

              so, the regular as opposed to the Nonna's? i think there are two.... and I do prefer the Nonna's, but yeah, either, for the price....

          2. re: wolfe
            ML8000 Aug 14, 2011 11:27 AM

            ...and pickle juice.

            My mom learned how to make German potato salad from her German neighbors as a kid and that was the almost secret ingredient...along with bacon.

          3. re: mariacarmen
            shanghaikid Aug 14, 2011 03:59 PM

            beleive safeway's nonna products are made by columbus salame in san francisco, not sure how the recent fire affected this.

            1. re: shanghaikid
              mariacarmen Aug 14, 2011 11:32 PM

              Aha, maybe that's why it's gone!

              1. re: mariacarmen
                shanghaikid Aug 14, 2011 11:40 PM

                safeway is notorious for not signing contracts or "long term contracts" with it's suppliers/vendors. any time safeway finds an alternative, the supplier/vendor is quickly replaced.

            2. re: mariacarmen
              charliemyboy Aug 14, 2011 11:31 PM

              I also liked Safeway's Nonna's potato salad but recently my local Safeway directed me to another product (I don't remember the name) when I asked for Nonna's, implying it was the same thing with a different name, but it was clearly an inferior product. Even when they were selling Nonna's the quality wasn't totally consistent, though it was mainly the quality of the potatoes that varied.

            3. The Librarian Aug 14, 2011 10:46 AM

              Another ready made one I like a lot is the Pedroni's potato salad at Lombardi's in Petaluma. It has a little vinegary kick that is great. If you're in the neighborhood, give it a try.

              Lombardi's Deli
              3413 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

              1. Robert Lauriston Aug 14, 2011 11:30 AM

                Memphis Minnie's is very good.

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  Mission Aug 14, 2011 12:47 PM

                  I actually prefer the Safeway potato salad that is in the containers in the cool case.

                  I really think it tastes better than the stuff from their deli counter.

                  Plus they put the pre-packed potato salad on sale quite often.

                  It really is a tasty traditional salad.

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                  soupnazi Aug 14, 2011 04:57 PM

                  potato and egg is made with no preservatives,very good,i buy a 10 pound box and take to all my bbq's,its always a hit.

                  Home Maid Ravioli Co
                  360 Shaw Rd, South San Francisco, CA 94080

                  1. mariacarmen Aug 14, 2011 06:10 PM

                    and, inspiring myself to go get some... i found out it's been discontinued! I bought their mom's potato salad, and it almost tastes like the potatoes were roasted first, but not cooked enough. definitely not as good. wah.

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                      Michael Rodriguez Aug 15, 2011 07:40 AM

                      Ratto's in Oakland makes a wonderful potato salad, available in all quantities.

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