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16 POTATO SALAD RECIPES TO UPDATE YOUR SUMMER PICNIC

Potato Salad

There is perhaps no side better suited for summer barbecues, picnics, and potlucks than a classic potato salad recipe. From warm potatoes tossed with a bright herb vinaigrette to a cool, creamy mayonnaise-based version with hardboiled egg, the humble side dish stands up to the smokiest of meats and spiciest of sauces with ease. No grilled meat is complete without its trusty sidekick: potato salad. For a sweet spin, swap your garden-variety spuds for sweet potatoes. From hot and cold potato salad dishes to potato salad hot dogs, we’ve rounded up our favorite potato salad recipes here.

Vinegar-Marinated Potatoes with Olives and Capers

This flavor-packed hors d’oeuvres from Francis Mallmann is topped with an umami-rich relish of capers, anchovies, and kalamata olives. For a burst of bright acidity, Mallmann drizzles red wine vinegar slowly over the cooked potatoes so that they soak in every drop, like dressing a still warm potato salad.

Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad

Homemade lemon mayonnaise adds zesty flavor to these tender, coarsely mashed potatoes.

Potato Salad Hot Dog

You’ve probably gone to a barbecue where you’ve eaten both potato salad and hot dogs—just not together. That changes now.

German Potato Salad

Some recipes for this salad call for sauteing the onions in the bacon fat, but we prefer them left raw. This version comes from James Beard’s American Cookery (Little, Brown & Co., 1972).

Crispy Smashed Za’atar Potatoes

Boiled buttery Yukon gold potatoes are smashed and roasted crisp in this side dish. A finishing sprinkle of za’atar, a heady Middle Eastern mix of spices, seeds, and herbs, brings these potatoes to the next level.

Roasted Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Shallots

Roasting potatoes for potato salad, rather than boiling them, lends a caramelized sweetness that’s offset by a tangy dressing of sour cream, mustard, and shallots.

Warm Red Potato Salad

Tender grilled red-skinned potatoes are doused in herb vinaigrette in this warm salad.

Moroccan Potato Salad

Bright and aromatic with plenty of fresh parsley, this potato salad is definitive of Moroccan cuisine.

Potato Salad with Red Onion

This cool, creamy potato salad is spiked with pickle relish and red onion.

Pesto Potato Salad

Serve this simple and bright potato salad warm or cold alongside grilled or roasted meats and seafood.

Curried Potato Salad

Subarna Bhattachan, a Nepalese chef living in Lawrence, Kansas, folds a purée of cool yogurt, nutty tahini, and spicy red chiles into his fragrant take on potato salad.

Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise

“This recipe came about when I had a fat bunch of chives threatening to wilt in my fridge. Our test kitchen director, Farideh Sadeghin, suggested I make chive oil, and then chive mayonnaise; I had some teeny-tiny fingerlings from the farmers market sitting on my counter, and a salad was born.

Ignacio Mattos’ Potato Salad

Boiling potatoes whole and unpeeled means they don’t absorb too much water as they cook. Mixing them with an egg yolk and olive oil yields a rich dressing without the heavy creaminess of mayonnaise.

Fried Potatoes with Kashkaval Cheese

Piquant kashkaval, a Balkan cows’ or sheep’s milk cheese, and mildly spicy shifa peppers add sharpness to these fried potatoes.

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