Perfect for the summer, this list of homemade potato salad recipes will leave you wanting more! Delicious twists on the classic potato salad, these recipes are all easy to make and super delicious! Great make ahead side dishes for picnics, BBQs, pot lucks and weeknight dinners, choose from creamy, herby, spicy, and everything in between!
When it comes to summer time side dishes, you can not go wrong with a deliciously creamy, fresh and tangy potato salad. Simple to make, they are easy to add your own twist too and these are my best and favorite variations!
Gluten free and easy to make vegetarian or vegan, potato salad is a great versatile potato side dish that’s great for a crowd and the perfect make ahead option. Whether you are into a creamy mayo dressing or a tangy vinaigrette, you’ll find a delicious potato salad recipe here that will compliment your main meal perfectly.
It’s super easy to make your potato salad your own by adding in different ingredients for different flavor and texture combinations. The most basic potato salad recipe can easily be livened up with any of these additions:
- Herbs: Fresh herbs can really lift a simple potato salad. Dill, parsley, chives and tarragon are our favorites!
- Boiled eggs
- Chopped celery
- Cooked crispy bacon
- Diced dill pickles
- Diced bell peppers
- Green onions
- Shredded cheese
Make Ahead and Storage
Once made, your potato salad will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days. I always try and make it at least 30 minutes before I’m due to serve it so that the flavors have time to develop.
It’s not recommended to freeze potato salad, it won’t do well upon thawing. If your salad contains a dairy-based dressing like mayo or sour cream, then it’s best not to leave it out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pretty much all fresh potatoes are great to use in a potato salad, but will yield slightly different results. Waxy potatoes like reds, baby and fingerlings will have a firmer texture but more buttery flavor, whereas starchy potatoes like Russets and Yukon Gold will deliver a light and fluffy bite. Both are great, neither are wrong!
This is totally down to personal preference, there is no right or wrong answer! You can serve the salad soon after making it so that it is slightly warm, or, make it ahead of time and serve it chilled from the fridge.
Personally I love the rustic look and added texture that potato skins add to a salad, plus I very much enjoy not peeling them! If you prefer, then peel away, if your potatoes have thick skins they will be easier to eat this way, otherwise, just give them a good scrub under running water to remove any loose dirt and you are good to go.
A potato salad is a great alternative to other potato sides like roasted, mashed or fries in the summer. They are perfect for cookouts, but also a great accompaniment to your everyday weeknight dinners. Try them with some of these favorites:
Recipe Notes and Tips
- Cut the potatoes into bitesized pieces to cook them, but not too small. If they are too small, they can become water logged and soggy when boiled.
- Salt the water when cooking the potatoes. This will add flavor right from the start of cooking.
- Start the potatoes in cold water and then bring the pot up to a boil. If you place the potatoes straight in boiling water they won’t cook through evenly.
- Take care not to overcook the potatoes, they should be fork tender but not falling apart.
- If using a vinaigrette dressing, toss the potatoes in it while still warm. The potatoes will absorb more of the dressing this way and be extra tasty.
- If using a mayo based dressing, be sure to let the potatoes cool for at least 10 minutes before tossing them. The heat from the potatoes can cause the mayo to split and you’ll have an oily salad.
Easy Potato Salad Recipes
I hope that this list of delicious potato salad recipes inspires you this summer! So simple and easy to make from scratch, it’s easy to add your own flair to this side dish classic!
More Potato Side Dish Recipes
- Air Fryer Red Potatoes
- Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole
- Oven Roasted Paprika Potatoes
- Garlic Parmesan Potato Stacks
- Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Potatoes
- Air Fryer Potatoes and Onions
- Individual Potato Gratin
If you’ve tried any of these recipes, be sure to let me know what you thought in a comment below!