Top 18 Potato Salad Recipes

Potato Salad
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The humble potato salad has long been a popular American dish. The potato salad probably originated in Germany, and it is believed that it came to the U.S. with European settlers in the mid-nineteenth century. Most potato salad recipes combine cooked potatoes, chopped onion, and other vegetables, sometimes eggs, and some type of salad dressing or mayonnaise. There are probably as many distinct potato salad recipes as there are cooks!​

We all have our favorite potato salad, but it's fun to try something a little different. If you just want to spice up your regular recipe a little, try adding different chopped vegetables or top it with sliced onion rings and tomatoes. Or serve your favorite potato salad on a bed of crisp lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Some vegetables that are especially tasty in potato salad are sliced or chopped cucumber (preferably seeded), tomatoes, celery, chopped onion, sliced green onion, sweet red, yellow, orange, or green bell pepper, and English peas.

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    Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

    Red, white, and blue potato salad
    Diana Rattray

    This potato salad is the perfect choice for a Fourth of July cookout or picnic. Purple potatoes, unpeeled red-skinned potatoes, and white potatoes make up the delicious themed salad. This version includes eggs and a combination of mayonnaise and sour cream, but feel free to alter it a bit if you have a favorite dressing.

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    Loaded Baked Potato Salad

    Baked Potato Salad
    Diana Rattray

    Baked potatoes lend their unique flavor to this potato salad. Bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, and a flavorful sour cream and mayonnaise dressing brings the salad together perfectly.

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    Fingerling Potato Salad

    Fingerling Potato Salad
    Diana Rattray

    Fingerling potatoes, with their buttery flavor and firm texture, are an excellent choice for potato salad. The salad might be an easy preparation, but it doesn't lack flavor. Hard-boiled eggs are added to the salad along with red onion, cucumber, and celery.

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    Potato Salad With Bacon

    Potato salad with bacon

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    This red potato salad includes bacon, onion, and celery. Chopped dill pickle adds to the flavor of the salad along with a tasty mayonnaise and vinegar dressing. 

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    Potato Salad With Peas

    Potato Salad With Peas
    Diana Rattray

    Steamed peas add refreshing flavor to this tasty potato and egg salad. This dish is a nice salad for a spring or early summer meal. It's a good luncheon salad as well. Some prepared mustard adds tanginess to the dressing.

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    Picnic Potato Salad With Eggs

    Potato salad with mayo and mustard

    The Spruce

    This is a family favorite potato salad with eggs, mayonnaise and mustard dressing, and some optional chopped celery and onion. The dish will be your go-to recipe for potato salad.

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    Sour Cream Potato and Egg Salad

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    Diana Rattray

    Add this well-seasoned potato salad to your cookout menu. Besides potatoes, the salad contains some chopped cucumber, celery, a small amount of onion, and a tangy mayonnaise dressing with a touch of mustard. It's an excellent potluck salad.

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    Old-Fashioned Potato Salad (No Mayonnaise)

    Old-Fashioned Potato Salad
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    If you're making a potato salad for a group of people and you aren't familiar with their likes and dislikes, this is a good choice. The tangy oil and vinegar dressing includes garlic and simple seasonings. Fresh chopped parsley provides a splash of vibrant color.

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    Purple Potato Salad

    Purple Potato Salad
    Diana Rattray

    Bright purple potatoes take center stage in this attractive potato salad. Fresh cilantro adds flavor to the salad along with a combination of mayonnaise and lime juice.

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    Creamy Garden Potato Salad With Eggs

    Garden Potato Salad With Peas and Carrots

    A variety of vegetables marry well with the potatoes in this potato salad. The vegetables include carrots, peas, red and green bell pepper, and celery. The creamy mayonnaise dressing is flavored with Dijon mustard and dill.

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    Roasted Potato Salad

    Roasted Potato Salad
    Diana Rattray

    This potato salad preparation offers a unique twist: roasted potatoes. The well-seasoned roasted potatoes and onions are tossed with a lemony mayonnaise and sour cream dressing.

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    Hot German Potato Salad

    German potato salad
    Diana Rattray

    Bacon drippings add flavor to the sweet and tangy dressing for this delicious German-style potato salad. The salad is served warm.

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    Bacon Deviled Egg Potato Salad

    Deviled egg potato salad

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    This potato salad combines two great flavors: bacon and deviled eggs. The egg yolks from the hard-cooked eggs are mashed and mixed into the dressing. The secret ingredient in the dressing is some Miracle Whip salad dressing. It's mixed with mayonnaise and mustard, giving the salad a slightly sweet flavor.

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    Texas Potato Salad

    Texas potato salad
    Sabrina S. Baksh

    This delicious potato salad is kicked up with quick-pickled jalapeno peppers. The amazing mayonnaise salad dressing gets spicy flavor from some of the pickling juice, mustard, chili powder, and a dash of cayenne pepper.

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    Mayonnaise-Free Potato Salad

    Potato salad
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    For those who don't like mayo, this potato salad has a dressing of olive oil, Dijon mustard, and some white wine.

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    Serbian Potato Salad

    Serbian Potato Salad
    Barbara Rolek

    In this salad, Yukon Gold potatoes team up with yellow onions, roasted red peppers, garlic, and a lightly sweetened vinegar and oil dressing.

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    German Baked Potato Salad

    German Baked Potato Salad
    Sabrina S. Baksh

    This salad contains golden brown roasted fingerling potatoes and onions, along with some crumbled bacon and chives. The dressing is an oil and vinegar mixture with honey.

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    Kosher Russian Potato Salad

    Russian Potato Salad
    Miri Rotkovitz

    This attractive potato salad includes carrots, green peas, and chopped dill pickles. Hard-boiled eggs are added to the salad as well, and it's dressed with mayonnaise.