With over 200 varieties all over the world, potatoes are a starchy staple in cultures on every continent. Delicious variations of potato salad are served all year long and for every holiday.
Native to the South American Andean region, Spanish explorers introduced the potato to Europe in the 16th century and their cultivation expanded from there. While they may not have discovered El Dorado, those explorers did find an incredibly hearty, flavorful and versatile vegetable.
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Potatoes can grow in virtually any climate and can be stored without refrigeration for months. There are many ways to cook and serve potatoes, but one of the most popular is in potato salad. There are literally hundreds of recipes for potato salad, so it’s with great pleasure that we present the 10 best potato salads from around the ‘net. Give one or more a try this Memorial Day!
Easy creamy potato salad with yogurt
First up is a recipe from Jessica Gavin for easy creamy potato salad with yogurt. Substituting Greek yogurt for most of the usual mayonnaise, this potato salad is creamy without the excess fat, and with a delicious tang. Besides Greek yogurt, the recipe calls for salt, a little bit of mayonnaise, mustard, relish, other seasonings, red onion, parsley, and some hard boiled eggs. With these ingredients the flavor of the salad will be sharp, creamy and irresistible. You’ll want to mix it up and leave it covered in the refrigerator for about an hour to meld the flavors. This Memorial Day leave out some of the fat and try this healthier potato salad.
Warm bacon honey mustard potato salad
Potato salad typically is served cold; mayonnaise is not an ingredient you want sitting outdoors for more than an hour or two! The same guidelines hold for recipes with dairy ingredients — you definitely don’t want curdled potato salad. Switch up from the usual cold salad with this warm bacon honey mustard potato salad from Small Town Woman. This is a great side dish to pair with steak or chicken. Instead of boiling the potatoes, they are grilled to develop a crispy skin around the soft and creamy flesh. The warm potatoes are mixed with honey, mustard, red wine vinegar, and bacon for an easy weeknight potato salad, or for a backyard barbecue.
Southern “crowd pleasing” potato salad
Many potato salads are made with mayonnaise, mustard, relish and hard boiled eggs. According to Monique of Divas Can Cook, the secret to amazing potato salad is in the ratio of these ingredients to one another. Using this approach, Monique has carefully created her southern “crowd pleasing” potato salad based on a friend’s renowned recipe. Another secret is to chop the potatoes and hard boiled eggs into bite-sized pieces, so every bite is bursting with a little bit of everything. Use a good mayo and a good sweet relish, and make sure to boil the potatoes with some salt. This recipe doesn’t skimp on flavor and we bet everyone will want to know who brought the potato salad.
German potato salad
German potato salad is not creamy in the same way American potato salad; it has a vinegar and mustard-based dressing and gets its creaminess from the flesh of the potatoes themselves. This German potato salad from Budget Bytes is an ideal potato salad if you want a lighter salad than the traditional mayonnaise-based American salads. This recipe has red potatoes, apple cider vinegar, mustard, other spices — and bacon. Once you put bacon with potatoes it’s game over. The saltiness of bacon enhances the potatoes flavor and makes the dish sing. But a little bacon goes a long way in this recipe, so it won’t bust the budget. Make something a little different this year and go for German potato salad.
Baby potatoes salad
Baby potatoes, or peewee potatoes, as Rasa Malaysia calls them, are more tender and sweeter than their larger cousins. Found in one- to two-pound bags or individually, these potatoes come in purple, red and gold. They have thin skin and a creamy flesh when cooked. Rasa Malaysia turned these babies into deliciousness with her baby potatoes salad. The cooked potatoes are mixed with mayonnaise, red onion, honey, sriracha, lemon juice, chives and parsley for a sweet and spicy potato salad that whips up in about 20 minutes. You may want to make two batches because these babies will disappear.
Old-fashioned potato salad
It’s hard to go wrong with classic American potato salad. This recipe from Loves Bakes Good Cakes is a tried and true old-fashioned potato salad. Mayonnaise, mustard, sweet relish, hard-boiled eggs, celery and onion are what you need to create this classic. Boil the potatoes with sale to help the tuber’s flavor develop and mix the dressing ingredients together before pouring them over the potatoes, so that the potatoes don’t break down too much when stirring. Once you have everything mixed together, cover and refrigerate for four hours to let the flavors meld. The salad will be cold and refreshing and will taste heavenly. If you want a classic potato salad, this is the one for you.
Bacon ranch potato salad
Potatoes are so versatile because they pick up the flavors around them. Served as a mashed side dish to fried chicken, they balance the crispy skin. Roasted potatoes work next to steak, soaking up the meaty juices. Similarly, this bacon ranch potato salad allows the potato to absorb the flavors of the bacon and dressing — and is absolutely delicious. The spiciness of ranch seasoning mixed with the meaty saltiness of bacon is a match made in heaven. Both work to complement the versatile, creamy potato. Bacon ranch potato salad has sour cream, cheddar cheese, green onions, along with the bacon and ranch seasoning. This side dish is like a baked potato bar in a salad, and we know you’ll want to dig right in!
Loaded potato salad
Just like the in bacon ranch potato salad recipe above, potatoes and bacon are perfect partners in this recipe. Jam packed with bacon, cheese and chives, this loaded potato salad from A Wicked Whisk will knock your socks off. Tender red potatoes are chopped and boiled until perfectly al dente, then mixed in with sour cream, mayonnaise, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Each bite will be creamy, savory and delectable. The recipe is easy and quick, and may become your family’s new favorite potato salad.
Hummus potato salad
For the dairy-free, plant-based or vegan eater, potato salad poses a bit of a problem. Contentedness Cooking has a unique recipe for a potato salad that is more inclusive of diners with dietary restrictions. This hummus potato salad recipe uses hummus instead of egg-based mayonnaise for the dressing base. Yes, vegan “mayonnaise” is a common substitute for mayonnaise to make recipes vegan-friendly, but in this case, the inclusion of hummus makes this nutritionally more interesting and adds another dimension of flavor. The recipe is customizable, and works with whatever vegetables are hanging around. For more crunch, add some radishes, cucumber or fresh bell pepper. The variations are endless and the result will be a creamy, nut-free, dairy-free, vegan potato salad recipe. Once again, the versatility of the potato shines through: potato salad tastes good.
Warm honey dijon potato salad
From Rock Recipes comes this divine warm honey dijon potato salad. Served hot from the stove, the tender potatoes are drenched in honey mustard, red onion, apple cider vinegar, chives and salt and pepper. After the potatoes are boiled and drained, let them cool slightly, then toss them in a skillet with just-sauted onion and garlic. Next mix in the honey, dijon mustard, salt and pepper and chives. Serve warm next to ribs, hamburgers or grilled chicken. This side dish is so tasty and sweet from the honey and caramelized onions, it’s almost a dessert. Your guests will be begging for a repeat of this potato salad every year.