Tender, creamy potatoes make the perfect hearty-but-neutral base for simple summer salads. The picnic and barbecue standard is also incredibly versatile, easily adapted to fit whatever main course it's made to accompany. From the tangy, mayonnaise-dressed classic to a light and fresh-tasting pesto-tossed version, we've got 10 crowd-pleasing takes on potato salad.
Classic Potato Salad
A perfectly balanced, totally classic potato salad for the purists out there. It's tangy, salty, and sweet with a texture that's simultaneously creamy, crunchy, and fluffy in each bite. For best results, use russet potatoes, cut them evenly, and season them before and after boiling.
Easy Fingerling Potato Salad With Creamy Dill Dressing
Dill, potatoes, and sour cream go hand in hand, and they make an especially happy trio in this colorful potato salad. Petite fingerling potatoes are boiled in water with salt and vinegar so that they keep their shape and deliver lots of flavor. Sour cream adds creaminess, while onions and dill give it a fresh, herbal bite.
Yukon Gold Potato Salad With Tarragon Pesto and Pickled Onions
For a lighter, fresh-tasting potato salad, dress it with a simple pesto-like tarragon and parsley sauce. Toss in quick-pickled red onions and Kalamata olives for a flavorful side dish that won't weigh you down.
Five-Ingredient Smoked Salmon and Potato Salad
Five ingredients, one pot, 20 minutes, and pretty much zero effort can get you a ton of flavor. The addition of smoked salmon takes the potatoes from a mere side salad to something special, and it's dressed simply with tangy sour cream, aromatic fresh herbs, and tart lemon juice.
Creamy Fingerling Potato Salad (Vegan)
Fingerling potatoes in a sweet-tart vinaigrette are made extra-creamy with the addition of the potatoes' cooking liquid and mashed Yukon golds. It's creamy, delicious, and 100% vegan.
New Potato Salad
Tangy, meaty, fresh, crunchy, creamy—this is a far cry from your standard deli-made potato salad. Grilled new potatoes and bacon fat-basted grilled onions make this the ultimate side dish for your next big cookout.
German Potato Salad
Now this is a side worthy of a seat next to a stack of fatty brisket. German potato salad drops the mayo in favor of tart vinegar, oil, and some spicy mustard. Add some smoky bacon and slightly sweet onions, and you've got your barbecue flavor bases covered (and then some).
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad With Chutney Vinaigrette
Switch things up with this warm sweet potato salad. The sweet potatoes are roasted until tender before they're tossed with a dressing of vinegar, chutney, mustard, honey, and garlic. Tart cranberries, sharp scallions, and crunchy almonds top off the sweet and savory dish.
Fingerling Potato Salad With Aioli, Pesto, Fried Shallots, and Pecorino
This over-the-top take on the classic incorporates a homemade aioli, basil pesto, fried shallots, and pecorino cheese. Between the delicate shavings of cheese and the crispy shallots, it's the kind of elegant side that's equally at home on a picnic blanket or a dining room table.
Grilled Jalapeño Potato Salad
Potato salad goes Tex-Mex in this rendition featuring char-grilled jalapeños. Sour cream, cider vinegar, and cumin make a tart, creamy dressing, and green onions and cilantro add some requisite freshness.
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