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As summer makes its entrance, it’s time to pull out your essential grilling tools and invite friends and family over for a good old-fashioned barbecue. For a typical cookout, the menu certainly needs to include burgers, ribs, sausages and plenty of yummy grilled veggies, like corn on the cob. But let’s not forget about signature side dishes such as collard greens, baked beans and of course — potato salad.
Most people have a traditional potato salad recipe with secret tips and tricks from grandma that make it taste amazing. But for those who don’t have a go-to recipe or looking for something new to try, these potato salad recipes can be your summer solution.
Sweet potatoes are a more nutritious alternative to the typical russet potatoes and add a touch of sweetness to any meal. Bring this potato salad to life by adding chopped scallions, smoked paprika, mayonnaise and vinegar. Make this whenever you’re tired of lettuce-based salads.
Can’t decide between egg salad and potato salad? No need to with this recipe! Just be aware: you’ll need to know how to hard-boil eggs and perfectly peel them if you want to make this satisfying side.
If you’re not a fan of mayo-based potato salads, this German potato salad recipe may be right for you. Potatoes are covered in a vinegar-based dressing and balanced with a touch of sugar, mustard and celery salt. And this salad is topped with crumbled bacon because, well, everything tastes better with bacon.
This recipe incorporates apples for an unexpected touch of sweetness in your everyday potato salad. Take some diced potatoes and toss them in olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper before roasting in the oven. Next, dice up some apples and mix with the roasted potatoes, tangy mustard dressing and chopped walnuts.
If you don't like using mayonnaise but want something more exciting than a white vinegar-based potato salad, this Niçoise-inspired potato salad will be your new favorite dish. For this, a tasty mustard vinaigrette dressing takes the place of mayonnaise in a classic American potato salad mixed with traditional French ingredients like olives and capers.
You don't always have to use mayonnaise to make a creamy potato salad; this recipe proves it with ranch dressing. Cauliflower, bacon and hard-boiled eggs are also added for extra texture and flavor in this hearty side dish.
Beware potatoes in the microwave! Before you nuke your spuds, be sure to pierce several holes in them with a fork so steam can escape and prevent a messy situation. Once your potatoes are tender enough, cut them up and mix them in a bowl with mayo, Italian dressing, onion, parsley and hard-boiled eggs for a quick and easy summer side.
This recipe takes potato salad to the next level with common Southwestern ingredients such as green chiles and black beans. Cilantro, cumin and chile powder add a punch.
Everyone needs a go-to potato salad recipe, so why not try this one? Peas, lemon zest and dill brighten up this red potato side for a fresh take on a classic. Even better? It takes less than an hour to make.
This potato salad recipe swaps mayonnaise with olive oil, which is a healthier fat alternative typical of the Mediterranean diet. Everything comes together with olives, tuna, tomatoes, anchovies and more to form this dish, which is inspired by the flavors of Southern France.
Add a little extra flavor to your usual potato salad by adding pickled onions. They’ll add color and an enjoyable vinegary taste that will enhance the flavors in your potato salad.
This potato salad keeps things simple with only five ingredients. Boil the red potatoes, dice them and combine with chives, tarragon, olive oil and lime juice. That’s it! This easy dish isn’t just one of our favorite potato salads; it’s one of our all-time favorite ways to cook potatoes.
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