It’s easy to overlook the humble potato salad. Though no picnic or backyard barbecue would be complete without it, making this iconic summer side dish can feel more like a chore given to you by a potluck host and less like an exciting opportunity to show off your skills in the kitchen. Well, it’s time to reconsider the potato salad. When it comes to this particular dish, it really boils down to three things: the potatoes, the dressing, and the add-ins. And these 15 recipes shake up your preconceived notions of what a potato salad can and cannot be.
Some of these recipes have truly unique mix-ins, such as black beans, apples, and blue cheese. But don’t worry. We have potato salads straight from your mama’s cookbook, Southern-inspired potato salads, and a German potato salad here for you too. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with a classic.
This summer, get excited about the potato salad! With these 15 creamy, zesty, vinegary, and scrumptious recipes, it’s really easy to do just that.
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.
For the Asparagus, Red Pepper, and Potato Salad recipe, click here.
Want something a little spicy to go with your Louisiana-themed cookout? Consider this bayou-inspired potato salad, complete with plenty of Tabasco sauce.
For the Bayou Potato Salad recipe, click here.
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.
For the Easy Greek Yogurt Potato Salad recipe, click here.
If you're not a big mayonnaise fan, try dressing your potatoes with olive oil. This recipe does just that, then adds lots of thick-cut bacon for a nice, salty flavor.
For the French Potato Salad recipe, click here.
Some capers and sherry vinegar give this German potato salad the perfect bite, while bacon and chives give it some much-needed elements of salt and freshness.
For the German Potato Salad recipe, click here
All you need is a handful of ingredients to make this tangy and delicious potato salad. As an added bonus, the beautiful bright green scallions add a nice color contrast to the red-skinned potatoes.
For the Grain Mustard Potato Salad recipe, click here.
The warm potatoes absorb some of the juice from the tomatoes, melt the blue cheese just a bit, and bring out the flavor of the basil.
For the Grilled Potato Salad With Basil, Blue Cheese, and Tomatoes, click here.
Summer’s hot. If you don’t want to boil water on the stove to cook your potatoes, microwave them! This quick and easy shortcut will also help keep your home cool.
For the Microwavable Potato Salad recipe, click here.
If a potato salad doesn't call for a "heaping cup of mayonnaise," it is really from your mom's Rolodex? We didn't think so.
For Mom's Classic Potato Salad recipe, click here.
You already broke out the grill for your burgers and steaks, why not grill your side salad too?
For the Montreal Grilled Potato Salad recipe, click here.
Cucumber and dill give this potato salad a fresh burst of flavor. It's a well-rounded side dish with all of the flavors we know and love.
For the Sour Cream and Dill Potato Salad recipe, click here.
This zippy take on potato salad marries the cool and creamy flavors of the traditional version with cilantro, black beans, and bell pepper for potato salad perfection.
For the Southwestern Potato Salad recipe, click here.
Sweet potatoes are nice and moist when cooked, making them perfect for potato salad. This version uses lots of sweet and tangy ingredients to make a delicious dressing, and toasted pecans and Granny Smith apples add flavor and crunch.
For the Super Sweet Potato Salad recipe, click here.
You're going to want to eat bowls and bowls of this tangy potato salad. It’s dressed with white balsamic vinegar, deeply flavorful sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh chopped basil.
For the Yukon Gold Potato Salad recipe, click here.
This dish highlights the natural beauty of perfectly cooked red potatoes with a balsamic-vinegar and dill dressing. And now that you know what side you’re bringing to the barbecue, learn how to make the perfect backyard burger to go with it.
For the Zesty Dill Potato Salad recipe, click here.
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