Potato salad is most commonly found on the picnic table at a backyard barbecue, but it begs the question: why are we not making potato salad throughout the year? Some might argue potato salad is the ideal side dish—it's simple to make, full of tasty ingredients, and pairs well with almost any type of meat or fish. When you think of classic potato salad, you're probably thinking about the creamy, mayo-based version, but the fact is, there are many varieties that are made with BBQ sauce, tangy vinaigrette, or spicy mustard. And adding bacon to your potato salad? Well, that's never a bad idea.
When making potato salad, it's important to remember that not all potatoes are created equal. Most recipes call for Yukon gold or red potatoes because they're best for holding their shape. Russet potatoes are also a great option because they absorb more dressing, but they are quick to fall apart when cooked. Another tip is to start boiling your spuds in cold, heavily salted water—this helps avoid overcooking them.
Whether you have a neighborhood potluck coming up or you're just suddenly craving potato salad, here are some easy recipes to whip up throughout the year.
Who says BBQ sauce has to be reserved for just chicken and steak? Think about it: is there a better flavor combination than potatoes, BBQ sauce, and bacon? This recipe also calls for course-grain mustard for a subtle kick, and scallions, which add a touch of freshness.
Every potato salad arsenal needs at least two basic recipes: one creamy (i.e., bathed in mayonnaise), one acidic. This Herb Potato Salad is the latter. It's a deliciously mustardy, vinegary dish that adds heaps of fresh herbs—parsley, tarragon, chives, or whatever your garden offers all work—plus scallions and olive oil.
If you're looking for a lighter potato salad recipe, look no further. Unlike traditional potato salads, this garlicky version calls for tangy vinegar, spicy grainy mustard, and freshly chopped parsley and basil. Break out your best oversized serving bowl and display this gorgeous, herby potato salad at your next gathering.
The name says it all. This Creamy Potato Salad With Bacon packs new potatoes with mayo, sour cream, vinegar, celery, and all the fresh herbs. Oh, and don't forget bacon. Best part? It only takes 30 minutes to make.
German potato salad is undoubtedly delicious, but adding perfectly tender golden beets—well, that's a dish to write home about. The cidery-mustard vinaigrette adds the perfect amount of acid, and the crunchy bacon brings texture to every bite. This mayo-less potato salad recipe is hearty, flavorful, and perfect to serve alongside chicken, sausage, or fish.