Potato Salad Recipes ~ there’s a great one born every minute, so even if you’ve overdone it on the classic, there’s a wide world of variations guaranteed to renew your faith in this humble potluck staple.
Potatoes might be the ultimate culinary canvas ~ whether waxy or starchy, red, white, or blue, they make the best base for summer potluck salads and do a great job of soaking up just about any flavor you can throw at them. Do yourself a favor and try a new potato salad recipe this summer ~ my favorites include everything from sunny Mediterranean flavors to downright irresistible sour cream and onion!
My tips for the best potato salads ~
- Whatever kind of dressing I’m using, creamy or not, I always like to slather my potatoes with some of it while they’re still hot, that way they soak up all the flavors beautifully. I save the second half of my dressing for after they’ve chilled, so I get a nice thick coating on the finished salad.
- Pretty much any type of potato will work for a potato salad, but I tend to prefer small, waxy potatoes for their firm texture ~ they’re less likely to fall apart than their fluffier, starchier, russet cousins. Another bonus is that you don’t have to peel them. But that’s a matter of personal preference; if you love your potatoes to almost melt into the dressing, use russets (baking potatoes.)
- Generously salting your cooking water when you boil your potatoes results in good flavor through and through, just like pasta!
- Potatoes are by nature rather bland, so plan on helping them along with some strong flavors in your salad…think mustard, lemon, vinegar, fresh herbs, paprika, bacon, etc.
Potato salads don’t have to be stodgy! This Mediterranean recipe is light, bright, and punchy with lemon juice and herby oregano. I love it with all kinds of grilled meat and fish.
Adding lightly crushed sour cream & onion chips to this potato salad (right before serving, so they don’t get soggy!) is genius and gives this potato chip inspired salad a super fun textural element.
If you generally find potato salads to be a little bland, try my Mexican Street Corn potato salad, it’s bursting with vivid south of the border flavors like lime, cilantro, chipotle pepper and jalapeño.
Could you devour a whole plate full of deviled eggs in one sitting? Me too. Let’s bring those irresistible flavors to a potato salad ~ people go wild for this one!
A generous dose of fresh herbs and grainy mustard give this rustic potato salad plenty of personality, and the hearty boiled eggs make it almost a meal in itself.
Pickle lovers rejoice ~ I’ve added diced pickles, fresh dill, and pickle juice to this creamy potato salad for blue ribbon flavor. Everyone is going to want the recipe.