Crowd-Pleasing Potato Salad Recipes

Potatoes are the perfect blank canvas for a variety of flavors so it’s not surprising that there are a number of ways to make this beloved side dish. From cookout staples like creamy American potato salad and the tangy German-inspired version to totally new takes that incorporate plenty of add-ins and spices, you’re sure to find a potato salad that everyone will love in this roundup.

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Potato Salad

The reviews don't lie — and this fan-favorite recipe has hundreds of 5-star ratings. Fans rave that this is the "best potato salad ever" and that "it never disappoints".

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Corn-Poblano Potato Salad

Both the corn and the peppers get a nice char on the grill before being added to this salad. It gives the finished dish a nice, subtle smokiness.

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Slow-Cooker German Potato Salad

Potato salad may never be the same after you make it in a slow cooker. Crispy bacon adds flavor and texture to this summertime staple.

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The Best American Potato Salad

Our favorite potato salad kicks up the traditional mayonnaise base with not only chopped dill pickles, but also uses the pickle brine for extra tang. Scallions, celery and parsley add freshness and a little crunch, while hard-boiled eggs practically make it a meal.

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Baked potatoes, crispy bacon and sharp Cheddar are tossed in a tangy sour cream dressing to create the ultimate summery potato salad that tastes exactly like the loaded winter favorite. Bake and cool the potatoes the night before to make day-of prep even easier.

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Grilled Potato Salad

Yukon Gold potatoes are a great choice for potato salad because they're not too dry or starchy. Their balanced creaminess makes them the perfect candidate for a recipe like this one where the spuds are dressed simply, with a blend of oil, vinegar and fresh citrus juice.

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Creamy Vegan Potato Salad

We took classic, creamy potato salad — a summer-time favorite for picnics and BBQ’s — and transformed it to a vegan-friendly side dish. The splash of vinegar and addition of chopped cornichons add just the right amount of zip and crunch.

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Poppy-Seed Potato Salad

Need a new take on potato salad? Add poppy seeds. They have a nice, nutty flavor that goes perfectly with the tangy dressing featured in this recipe.

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Bacon-Ranch Potato Salad

Tangy buttermilk and fresh chopped scallions give this mayonnaise-based potato salad a flavor that's reminiscent of Ranch dressing. Crisp, crumbled bacon (added right before serving) gives this salad just a hint of saltiness. This one's guaranteed to become a new family favorite.

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Warm German Potato Salad

Our take on potato salad replaces the standard mayo-based dressing with a warm and tangy vinaigrette. Smoky bacon, shallots and herbs round out the dish to create a vibrant and satisfying side.

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Nicoise Potato Salad

If you love the classic combination of potatoes, green beans, olives and tuna then this easy potato salad is a must-make.

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Easy Caesar Potato Salad

Lemon, garlic and anchovies rule this creamy, Caesar-inspired side dish.

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German Potato Salad

Bobby's German potato salad is ready in a flash. You only need about 15 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of cook time — and then you're done!

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Spring Garden Potato Salad

This creamy potato salad is loaded with fresh-from-the-garden veggies like carrots, radishes, tomatoes and cucumber. Pro tip: If you have a mandoline, use it. It will make slicing the vegetables a breeze.

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Loaded Red Potato Salad

This summer side delivers all the flavors of a loaded baked potato — without the baking (or hot kitchen). Creamy red potatoes are tossed with a tangy sour cream dressing, chunks of sharp Cheddar and salty, crispy bacon bits.

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Grilled Potato Salad

Chef Michael Symon grills his potatoes in foil packets for easy cleanup — but don't make the mistake of thinking they aren't smoky and delicious. Once the spuds are cooked through, he opens the foil packets to let some smoke in. This also dried the potatoes out just a bit, making it easier for them to soak up lots of delicious dressing.

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Antipasti Potato Salad

Salami, provolone, giardiniera, artichoke hearts, green olives: this flavorful potato salad has all the elements of your favorite appetizer, packed into one crowd-pleasing side dish.

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Southwestern Potato Salad

Bobby's easy trick for giving creamy potato salad a smoky, Southwestern-inspired kick? Chipotle pepper puree.

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Spicy Purple Potato Salad

Boiling these vibrant potatoes with a touch of vinegar helps set the color and keep it bright. The spice in this recipe comes from a minced fresh jalapeno. To tame the heat, remove the seeds as well as the connective ribs on the inside of the pepper.

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Oma's German Potato Salad

If you're looking for a traditional recipe for German potato salad, this is the one. It's simple and vibrant, loaded with bacon and fresh herbs and tastes great when it's served warm or at room temperature.

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Crab Boil Potato Salad

Corn, crab meat, Old Bay seasoning: this clever take on potato salad features all the best flavors of a New England Crab boil.

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Horseradish Potato Salad

Punch up the flavor of classic potato salad by giving it a welcome dose of heat. Valerie adds a few tablespoons of prepared horseradish for just the right amount of kick.

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

This picnic- and cookout-friendly salad has everyone's favorite baked potato fixings: cheese, bacon, sour cream and green onion. What's not to love?!

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The Best Sweet Potato Potato Salad

Jeff plays up the flavor of sweet potatoes by adding just a touch of honey to the dressing for his potato salad. It's a small touch, but one that adds just the right amount of sweetness to the finished dish.

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BBQ Potato Salad

Ree amps up the flavor of her mayo-based dressing with barbecue sauce, cider vinegar and Worcestershire. The result? A perfectly sweet, savory and smoky blend for dressing cooked potatoes.

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