Dear Jeanne: This potato salad is so easy and so good — the only problem is all that mayonnaise. Can it really taste good without all the fat? — Patricia A., Springfield, Mass.

Dear Patricia: This sure is easy and good. There is no reason to peel the potatoes — just give them a good scrub. A bunch of scallions (also known as green onions) can vary in size. Use as many as you prefer, approximately four to six. Fresh dill is also called "dill weed." Use only the feathery green leaves, not the seeds.

POTATO SALAD WITH DILL

2 pounds red potatoes

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 bunch scallions, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh dill

Cook the potatoes in their skins until done. Cut into bite-size pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Chill.

Makes 6 servings.

LIGHT POTATO SALAD WITH DILL

2 pounds red potatoes

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 bunch scallions (green onions), chopped

2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

1. In a large pot, cover the potatoes with water and boil for about 20 minutes, or until a sharp knife meets no resistance when inserted into the center of a potato.

2. While the potatoes cook, combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, salt, pepper, scallions and dill in a large bowl.

3. Drain the water from the potatoes and cut them into chunks or thick slices. Add the potatoes to the mayonnaise mixture. Combine and chill.

Makes 6 servings.

Each serving contains approximately: Original recipe: 424 calories, 36 gm fat, 13 mg cholesterol, 929 mg sodium, 28 gm carbohydrates, 4 gm protein, 2 gm fiber. Revised recipe: 158 calories, 2 gm fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 429 mg sodium, 31 gm carbohydrates, 4 gm protein, 3 gm fiber.


Jeanne Jones is the author of 33 cookbooks, most recently "Cooking From the Cupboard" (Rodale Press). For more information, you can go to her Web site, jeannejones.com. Send your recipe for revision to: Cook It Light, Deseret News, P.O. Box 1212, La Jolla, CA 92038. Please include a stamped (59 cents), self-addressed envelope. © King Features Syndicate Inc.