The New Age of Potato Salad: 7 Ways to Do It Up Right
For a lot of us, a mountain of potato salad is a given at any cookout we're throwing. Though a lot of deli-counter potato salads may be seriously boring (and really off on the potato-to-mayo ratio too), that's far from the case here. Never gloopy, these new-age picks — each with its own flavor-boosting edge — deserve a spot on your cookout menu, starting now.
Bobby Flay's Southwestern Potato Salad (pictured above) boasts all the creaminess of your classic potato salad, plus a kick of heat from chipotle pepper puree and cayenne. Do it up with fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro and onion for your zestiest potato salad yet.
Most potato salad recipes start with boiling the potatoes, but Melissa d'Arabian's sure doesn't stop there. Her cookout side, Grilled Potato Salad, starts on the stovetop but finishes on the grill for a smoky, delectable char.
Good old white potatoes work, but that's what every one of your guests will be anticipating. Switch it up by going the sweet route instead with Trisha Yearwood's 30-minute Sweet Potato Salad, which is made creamy (and healthier) with tangy Greek yogurt.
You might think of potato salad as an American dish through and through, but that didn't stop Bobby from giving it some Spanish flair. His creamy Spanish Potato Salad is flavored with a pinch of saffron threads, and we'd say the flavor is similar to the tapas classic patatas bravas.
When it comes to switching up the backyard staple, it doesn't hurt to learn a thing or two from the most-important meal of the day. Robert Irvine's Bacon-and-Egg Potato Salad from Food Network Magazine is smoky and satisfying, and it gets a zesty edge from whole-grain mustard.
Avoid waterlogged potatoes by baking the spuds in the oven instead. Loaded with fresh basil and parsley, Alex Guarnaschelli's Baked Potato Salad takes her back to her own childhood picnics.
If you're averse to mayo in any form, try this better-for-you Pesto Potato Salad, which trades the gloopy binder for a flavor-forward, herbaceous pesto.
Check out more potato salad recipes from our friends of #SummerSoiree:
Feed Me Phoebe: Creamy Red Potato Salad with Capers, Radishes and Chives
In Jennie's Kitchen: Italian String Bean & Potato Salad
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Salmon and Potato Salad
The Heritage Cook: Potato, Spring Vegetable and Bacon Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Taste with the Eyes: Pretty Petite Potato Salad, Vinagre de Jerez Dressing
Healthy Eats: 5 Potato Salads for a Lighter Picnic