Our 10 Most Popular Potato Salad Recipes

updated Jun 23, 2022
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If you ask us, summer just wouldn’t be summer without potato salad. It’s one of the first things we scoop up at a backyard barbecue, and an essential for summer picnic menus. Classic potato salad – you know, the mayo-based kind with crunchy bits of celery – will always have a place in our hearts, but there are countless variations that are all great in their own right. Like, one created with bacon-lovers in mind, potato salad tossed with a creamy buttermilk ranch dressing, or a French-inspired version with a duo of mustards and lots of herbs. Whether you’re cooking up a slab of ribs, grilling burgers, or assembling an Italian sub sandwich, there’s a great potato salad recipe to go with it.

If you’re tasked with bringing potato salad to the cookout this summer, start here, with our 14 best potato salad recipes.

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Potato Salad with Yogurt, Arugula, and Dill
Swapping some of the mayo for yogurt not only lightens up this potato salad, but it also makes it nice and tangy.
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Classic Potato Salad
If you're looking for the most classic, old-fashioned potato salad around, here's the recipe for you. It's one that you'll turn to summer after summer.
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Classic German Potato Salad
Baby red potatoes, chewy bacon, and lots of fresh herbs are tossed in a warm bacon dressing for a flavorful, potluck-ready potato salad.
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Bacon-Lovers' Potato Salad
What makes this truly a bacon-lover's potato salad? The smoky fat that's rendered out as the bacon cooks is then used in the vinaigrette.
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Buttermilk Ranch Potato Salad
Definitely don't skimp on the herbs here — they make this potato salad stand out among the rest, jolting it with freshness and color.
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Italian Potato Salad
This mayo-free potato salad is made extra colorful thanks to green beans, cherry tomatoes, and lots of fresh herbs.
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Crispy Sheet Pan Potato Salad
The craggy, smashed edges transform into a crackly golden shell that mimics the texture of a french fry, while the insides stay moist and creamy.
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Mixed New Potato Salad with Sweet Basil and Shallots
If you can't get your hands on new potatoes, any baby red or white potatoes will work in this simple recipe.
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Cheezy Potato Salad
This retro potato salad gets its cheesy flavor from Cheez Wiz, which is balanced by sour cream or Greek yogurt.
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Miso Potato Salad with Yellow Wax Beans
Here's your answer if you're wondering what to do with some of that miso paste you bought for soup over the winter. A spoonful in the dressing gives it a boost of savoriness.
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Potato Salad with Lemon Tahini & Dill Dressing
Tahini is not a traditional addition to potato salad, but it might become a new favorite. It lends creaminess while providing nutty, rich flavor.
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Warm Potato and Salmon Salad
Potato salad becomes the main even when you toss in budget-friendly canned salmon. Leftover cooked salmon can also be used — just flake it right in.
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Southern Smashed Potato Salad
Dry mustard adds just the right amount of spice and flair to this smashed red potato salad.
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French-Inspired Potato Salad
We’ve replaced the mayo with two types of tangy mustard, a shocking amount of herbs, and just the right amount of oh là là, resulting in a lighter, fresher salad that’s just as easy to devour.
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