This recipe is packed with highly healing foods. To start with, cold potatoes are high in resistant starch which is a prebiotic, or food for the good bacteria. Resistant starch helps the beneficial bacteria to colonize the gut for them to stay there longer and be more effective.
Furthermore, the recipe contains actual probiotic-rich foods such as sauerkraut. You can replace it with lacto-fermented dill pickles (not the ones in vinegar).
Developing this recipe took me back to my Eastern European roots where potatoes and sauerkraut are staple foods. I still remember my mom making this salad for large family gatherings, and this salad always got the high praise. Since I’m not a fan of Polish cuisine, this recipe caught my interest only because of its healing properties and the idea of putting probiotic-rich food together with a prebiotic in one meal.
If you have a problem with nightshades, I do not recommend this recipe. Instead, go to my article about resistant starch and look for other culinary options (yes, there are a few there).
- 2 lb red potatoes with skins on, quartered if they are large
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 4 strips of bacon from pasture-raised pigs
- ¾ cup sauerkraut (lacto-fermented, not in vinegar), chopped
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup chopped spring onions
- ¾ cup mayo (if avoiding eggs, use this recipe: https://www.hormonesbalance.com/recipes/eggless-mayonnaise/)
- ¼ cup of brine from ferments or 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Boil the potatoes with skins on in salted water for 45 minutes or until they become soft.
- Bake the bacon strips for 45 min or until nicely browned.
- Pour out the potato water and let the potatoes cool off.
- Cut them to ½-inch cubes.
- Combine with all the remaining ingredients and fold them in gently.
- Taste and adjust based on your preferences.