15 Fresh Takes on Potato Salad

15 Fresh Takes on Potato Salad

Potato salad is a summer potluck staple. You'd be hard-pressed to find a backyard cookout or picnic that wouldn't benefit from a generous helping of potato salad. And while everyone has their preferred family recipe, it's worth branching out occasionally to try a new flavor combination or dressing recipe.

To broaden your horizons, here are 15 of our favorite potato salad recipes to try at your next barbecue.

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1. Southern Smashed Potato Salad

Southerners know how to do potato salad right. This one gets a punch of flavor from dried mustard powder, and smashes the potatoes for a unique texture.

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2. Warm Potato and Salmon Salad

How do you make potato salad into a main course? By adding some canned salmon. This warm salad is perfect for weekend lunches or light summer dinners.

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3. Cheezy Potato Salad

Want in on a little secret? This amazing cheese-filled potato salad is made with Cheez Whiz. It's the perfect nostalgic recipe for your next backyard bash.

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4. Buttermilk Ranch Potato Salad

Make this salad even more flavorful by making the dressing a day in advance and letting the herbs steep in the buttermilk.

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5. How To Make Potato Salad

Sometimes it makes sense to go back to basics. If you need a go-to potato salad, this is the one to keep in your arsenal.

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6. Potato Salad with Fava Beans and Fennel

Fava beans and fennel might not show up together often, but when they do, the results are fantastic. The licorice flavor of the fennel is the perfect foil for the sweetness of the fava beans.

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7. Kalamata Olive and Parsley Potato Salad

Not only does this get a dose of brininess from the olives, but it also gets a pop of color from the purple potatoes. The parsley adds a freshness to keep this from tasting flat.

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8. Miso Potato Salad with Yellow Wax Beans

The miso paste in the dressing of this potato and yellow bean salad adds the perfect hit of umami flavor. You'll have guests trying to guess what makes it so tasty.

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9. Potato Salad with Lemon Tahini & Dill Dressing

You're probably most familiar with tahini in your hummus, but in this recipe it takes your potato salad to a whole new level. Try this potato salad warm for a more comforting take on the salad.

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10. Warm Potato Salad with Cilantro & Toasted Cumin

Toasting the cumin for this smashed potato salad brings out a whole new level to the spice. It's an Indian-inspired dish that feels right at home on your cookout menu.

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11. Mixed New Potato Salad with Basil & Shallots

Adding torn basil leaves to potato salad is one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" revelations. It's simple and completely delicious.

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12. Red Potato Salad with Scallions and Radishes

Give your potato salad a bit of a kick with sliced radishes. You can also use smoked olive oil for the dressing, which adds a richness to the whole dish.

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13. Potato Salad with Yogurt, Arugula, and Dill

Creamy potato salad without the mayo is possible when you use Greek yogurt in its place. The arugula in this makes it taste even fresher.

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14. Tomato & Mozzarella Potato Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing

You don't normally see tomatoes in potato salad, but this version makes use of the in-season cherry or grape tomatoes. The buttermilk dressing adds just the right amount of tang, too.

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15. Smoked Trout & Potato Salad with Buttermilk Vinaigrette

The trout in this salad not only makes it a full meal, but it gives it a smoky, salty flavor that will make it a standout next to your standard versions.

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