The 12 Potato Salads that We Would Gladly Bring to a Cookout

Ahh, the potato salad. Here in America we know it well. It’s the comfort food your momma served you growing up, the side dish that accompanies every barbecue, and the picnic staple you crave on a warm day. When it comes to prepping this dish, everyone has their own recipe they swear by. Some call for mayo, others choose to go with a vinegar base, and some completely redefine the definition of this side.

While we wouldn’t want to insult by dubbing one as better than all the rest, we can put our two-cents into the argument. Gathering up what we deem to be worthy of your fork, here are the 12 best potato salad recipes we think reign supreme.

1. Texas Potato Salad

Wide Open Eats

You haven’t tried potato salad until you’ve had it the Texan way. Tangy and spicy, flash pickle some red onions and mix it in with boiled new potatoes, hard boiled eggs, jalapeño, yellow mustard, celery, and of course, some creamy mayo.

Get the recipe here.

2. Mediterranean Mustard Potato Salad

The Mediterranean Dish

If you are looking for a no-mayo recipe, give this vinegar based Mediterranean style one a try. Baby potatoes are tossed with dill, parsley, red onion, and salty capers, then drenched in a homemade Dijon vinaigrette.

Get the recipe here.

3. German Potato Salad

German potato salad
WideOpenEats

The American potato salad that we know and love is rooted in German cuisine. So celebrate the love of this salad with a German style potato salad consisting of red potatoes, bacon, onion, celery, ground mustard, and white vinegar.

Get the recipe here.

4. Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Potato Salad Recipes
Love Bakes Good Cakes

There is something to be said for the comforting flavor of a classic potato salad. To do this dish justice, in a large bowl mix a little more than a cup mayonnaise, white vinegar, hard boiled eggs, celery stalks, yellow mustard, salt, and black pepper. Boil a couple pounds of potatoes in salted water, drain, then add them to the mix. Let it chill then serve it as a side dish with your favorite barbecue or guiltily indulge as a meal. We’re not judging.

Get the recipe here.

5. Southern Potato Salad

Potato Salad in bowl
Spicy Southern Kitchen

When in doubt, do it like the South. This foolproof recipe consists of russet potatoes, sweet pickle relish, celery, sweet onion, mayo, mustard, hard boiled eggs, and apple cider vinegar. Who can say no to that?

Get the recipe here.

6. Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Bacon Potato Salad
Cooking Classy

Sometimes you need to give in to those fatty, creamy, carb-filled cravings. Do it right with this recipe. Ranch smothered potatoes with bacon and shredded cheddar cheese is precisely the ticket.

Get the recipe here.

7. Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad

Potato salad
Spicy Southern Kitchen

If it’s considered cheating to take the flavor of a jalapeño popper and turn it into a potato salad, then we are guilty as charged. Spicy and creamy, this is a real treat.

Get the recipe here.

8. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet potato salad
Averie Cooks

Not big on the traditional mayo-based potato salad? That’s okay, Averie Cooks has just the recipe for you. It’s Tex-Mex meets potato salad in the most delicious way.

What you’ll need is some sweet potatoes, black beans, red bell pepper, green onion, corn, cilantro, and a spicy lemon Dijon mustard dressing to coat it in. All it needs now is a little sour cream.

Get the recipe here.

9. Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Dill potato salad recipe
The View From Great Island

Give your potato salad a makeover with this recipe. Crunchy dill pickles, chunks of hard boiled eggs, and a pickle juice buttermilk dressing is exactly what your potatoes have been asking for.

Get the recipe here.

10. Smoky Salt and Vinegar Potato Salad

Potato Salad with salt and vinegar
Taste and See

Want to impress your buddies at the next cookout? Bring a big side dish of this. A little bit smoky, a little bit tangy, this is the new way of doing potato salad.

Get the recipe here.

11. Balsamic Roasted Potato Salad

Balsamic Potatoes
Your Homebased Mom

When making a vinegar based potato salad, mix up the usual apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and try balsamic. It adds a sweet acidity that is matched by some garlic, a pinch of cayenne, a touch of honey, and savory red potatoes.

Get the recipe here.

12. Roasted Mixed Potato Salad

Roasted potato salad
Donna Hay

Okay, so we said we wouldn’t name a number one potato salad. But if we were too, this one would be in the running. What’s in it your wondering? Mixed potatoes, pungent blue cheese, purple beans, watercress, and toasted walnuts all drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil. This potato salad is unlike any you’ve had before.

Get the recipe here.

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