Most of us would agree that there are a few foods you have to serve if you want to host a good old-fashioned cookout. Though hamburgers and hot dogs certainly top the list, there are a few side dishes that every barbecue needs — one of which is a flavorful potato salad.
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Though there is an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to potato salad, this side dish really boils down to three things: the potatoes, the dressing, and the add-ins.
Some potatoes are starchy and dry, others are waxy and moist. The best potatoes for potato salad are waxy ones like red-skinned, new, or fingerling varieties. If you can’t find those, Yukon Gold potatoes (which are somewhere between waxy and starchy) make a good substitute.
One of the defining characteristics of a potato salad is its dressing. Some are dressed in a combination of mayonnaise and seasonings; others are served in a vinegar-based dressing. Both are delicious and easy to make, but if your potato salad will be served buffet style and you can't set it over ice to keep it cool, try a vinegar-based potato salad for your next cookout
— mayonnaise can go bad quickly when exposed to heat.
The last key element to your potato salad are those ingredients that you toss in for texture, color, and flavor. Want to give your potato salad some crunch? Try sprinkling it with crispy, cooked, crumbled bacon. Need a splash of color and a bold pop of flavor? How about a chiffonade
of fresh herbs? Whatever you decide, your potato salad will be delicious.
Need a few great recipes to get you started? We’ve got 15 we know you’ll love.
Asparagus, Red Pepper, and Potato Salad
If you’re looking for a healthy and colorful potato salad, then you’re going to love this recipe
. Asparagus and red bell pepper add bright, vibrant color to the dish, and the salad is dressed with mustard and vinegar instead of heavy, calorie-laden mayonnaise.
Easy Greek Yogurt Potato Salad
Thick, tangy Greek yogurt is the perfect substitute for mayonnaise when you want to make a healthy potato salad
. Season the yogurt dressing with salt and cayenne for the perfect balance of flavors.
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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.