The Deen Bros. Lighter Sweet Apple Sausage and Potato Salad

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By Bobby and Jamie Deen

Lighter Sweet Apple Sausage and Potato Salad

13 Fewer Calories
13 g Less Fat

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon coarse-grained Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound baby red potatoes, each cut in half
9 ounces fully-cooked (70% less fat) sweet apple chicken sausage, about 3 links
1 bunch watercress, tough stems removed
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 shallot, thinly sliced

To make the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl; set aside.

Bring the potatoes and enough cold water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; transfer to a large bowl. Toss the warm potatoes with 2 tablespoons of the dressing. Let stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the broiler. Spray broiler rack with cooking spray. Place the sausage on the rack in the broiler pan. Broil, 7 inches from the heat, turning occasionally, until the sausage is heated through, 8 – 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; let cool slightly, then cut diagonally into 1-inch chunks.

Transfer the sausage to the bowl with the potatoes. Add the watercress, bell pepper, and shallot. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and toss gently to coat. Serve at once. 

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes.
Difficulty: Easy

Per Serving: 248 Cal; 10 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 3 g Mono Fat; 39 g Carb; 6 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 40 mg Calcium; 6 mg Iron; 446 mg Sodium; 22 mg Cholesterol

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Sausage and Potato Salad
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of the Deen Brothers and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen Tip
Use tongs to turn the sausage while broiling. A fork will prick the sausage allowing its juices to escape.

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I absolutely love all of your recipes. The ones that I have made are quite YUMMY. Please keep posting them. <3 <3

By Penny Turk on July 17, 2013


Hi Paula we all make mistakes, but it takes a LADY to admit when she has made a mistake and you did. Ps just to let you know i am black and i have forgiven you the very first time you said you were not proud of what you did God Bless. love the sweet apple sausage and the potato salad

By Sharon Dixon on July 16, 2013


we love ya up here to we love sea food up here

By Anonymous on July 15, 2013


Paula I feel that you didn't do anything wrong and everyone is just over onedo it. The press needs something to talk about and this time its you,sorry I don't watch the Foodnetwork now that you and Jammie are gone but I still get your magazine Thank You for some great recipes hope your back on soon

By Kristie Mobarak on July 15, 2013


Love your watermelon cooler, but my most favorite recipe is your baked French toast. It's a holiday crowd pleaser. I like it hot or cold.

By Barbara Sulpizio on July 15, 2013


I want the whole lighter cookbook!

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By J.D. SINK on July 13, 2013


Relish! Paula you will always be the Queen of comfort foods! Stay strong & remember we love ya!

By jls on July 13, 2013


Dear Paula, I love your web site. It was amazing to find a recipe for Apple Strudel. I had searched Google and others with no luck. Then I said Paula Deen would have one and so many more recipes with my favorite fruit, an apple. Thank you, and your son's also. Love all the new recipes. WOW ! Wishing you the best, A New Email Friend, Nancy

By walker lee on July 13, 2013


Doing Christmas time I searched all over for a Pajla Dean Pecan Pie We love you Ms Paula Dean

By Jan Jones on July 11, 2013


I haven't fixed this recipe yet, but sounds delish! I am a diabetic and it's nice to find a recipe I can eat...not too often...because I have a habit of eating foods I like too much!

By Nancy Birch Bennett on July 11, 2013


Come visit us!! We all love you guys!! Redding CA up north does too, 3 hrs. north of Sacremento. Nothing like CA! Ck it out. Friends there are behind you guys!! Missoula is my home now. We have alot of great artists that come here and some live here. Elton John was here twice, The Rolling Stones and most of the best country singers. Montana isn't what people say it We would give you a great welcome. Check us out on the web, that's MISSOULA MONTANA!! Been to Cherokee to dine in your resturant.YUMMY! Mary Dement

By Mary Dement on July 11, 2013


Thank you for allowing the public to see your reduced calorie recipes. Penny

By Penny Jenkins on July 11, 2013


Excellent. Keep it good. smile And by the way your MOM Rocks.

By Leslie Roman on July 11, 2013


I was confident Paula would land on her feet and do even bigger and better things. While I did not like the heavy recipes, she promoted her two boys who cook more to my taste. Thanks.

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By Mary Klos on July 11, 2013


love what I have seen so far. Keep up the good work!

By June Hassel on July 11, 2013


This looks really yummy and I'm going to try tonight ! I appreciate your easy and light recipes as I am a bit challenged when it comes to cooking !! So thank you!!!

By Melonie on July 11, 2013


love you Paula Deen dear LORD bless paula, bless her life., her family and her health. Help her in her time of need and bless all that help her. Bless so that she is on top again and her enemies are on the bottom. In Jesus name amen

By katherine kelso on July 11, 2013


Well I really love to watch you on T.V. . Also like to cook and try new easy recipes . Now that I am older I need to kinda of watch my diet . I love most meats . Beef I eat very little most od the time its chicken ,fish and pork . Keep your Head up Paula I vote for You . (y)

By susan druss on July 11, 2013

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