When it comes to making salads, we can definitely appreciate a good, fresh green salad. If we’re being totally honest with you, though, we’ve always been huge carb lovers. There’s just something so satisfying about a recipe involving potatoes, for example, whether they’re served warm or cold. We’re sure it’ll come as no surprise, then, that we’re also absolutely massive lovers of potato salad! Besides the fact that it’s easy to make, cool to prepare on hot days like the last few weeks have been, and made from one of our very favourite foods, we’re also constantly impressed with just how surprisingly diverse a dish potato salad can really be. In fact, over the course of this past summer, it actually became a bit of a mission of ours to try as many different kinds, combinations, and flavours of potato salad as we possibly could.
Just in case you love potato salad as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best tasting and most unique kinds of potato salad we’ve come across, tried, and loved in our summer-long search for the perfect cool potato flavour!
1. Japanese potato salad
When you think of how you might be able to put awesome, unique flavour twists on a classic recipe that nearly everyone you know makes in the same way, does your mind automatically wander to wondering whether people in different countries make slightly different versions of the same thing that you could try instead? In that case, we think perhaps you’ll be very interested indeed in how Cheap Recipe Blog made this fantastic tasting Japanese potato salad using thinly sliced pickled veggies, vinegar as well as mayo in the base mixture, and mashed potatoes rather than diced or whole ones.
2. Texas-creole crawfish potato salad
Sometimes, when we start thinking about just how many different groups of people from all kinds of places make variations on similar dishes, we’re reminded that we don’t necessarily have to leave our own country to get diverse flavours and combinations, and we’re always quite pleased to be reminded of that! This awesome Texas-Creole crawfish potato salad featured on Wendy Weekend Gourmet is the perfect example of what we mean. Take a closer look at their tutorial to see how it’s made from Yukon gold potatoes, shrimp, applewood smoked bacon, and eggs.
3. Bacon Sriracha potato salad
If you’re going to make a “salad” out of your favourite comfort food, would you rather just concentrate purely on delicious tastes you love, even if the resulting combination is something that might have some of your friends making a funny face? Well, unless they’re vegan or vegetarian, just about everyone we know adores bacon, so that’s not necessarily a weird potato salad element to come across, but we’re very intrigued indeed to come across this fantastically flavourful and slightly spicy version from Peas and Crayons that also involves sriracha sauce!
4. Warm roast potato salad
We know that most kinds of potato salad are classically served cold, which is usually part of the appeal, but what if you’re the kind of potato lover who would really rather have their potatoes at least a little bit warmed, even if they’re not actually hot like a regular potato dish? Then we have a feeling this fantastic warm roast potato salad outlined step by step on Taste might actually be a little more up your alley! We quite enjoy this recipe because you’re still getting a creamy base like with more classic versions, but the warmth and roasted nature of the potatoes is actually perhaps even more satisfying.
5. Roasted garlic and red skin potato salad
In the world of popular flavours, there’s one thing we love so much that we practically drive our family crazy with how often we make recipes that centre all around it in some kind of way; we are massive garlic lovers! We know it can be smelly, but it’s just so darn delicious that we don’t even mind. We’re sure it’ll come as no surprise at all, then, that this completely delicious roasted garlic and red skin potato salad featured on The Creative Bite has made its way into our regular recipe rotation. We also love the texture of these partially mashed roasted redskin potatoes.
6. Salt and vinegar potato salad
While some people we know prefer their potato salad to have quite a mild taste indeed, we also have friends and family members who prefer a potato salad with a much stronger, sharper taste to it. We’re actually quite happy to enjoy either or both kinds, so we collect those recipes too and save them for later when we want to try something new! That’s why we were so pleased when we came across this strongly delicious salt and vinegar flavoured potato salad recipe with radishes dotted through out, according to the instructions on She Likes Food.
7. Sour cream and bacon potato salad
Have we really caught your attention in the discussion of recipes that involve bacon but you’re also a big fan of really rich, satisfying flavours that have a much creamier texture to them than a lot of what you’ve seen so far? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Creative Culinary made this potato salad that’s chalk full of bacon and also sour cream based! It’s like eating a skin free version of a loaded baked potato and, honestly, we haven’t been able to get enough of this one this summer.
8. Dill potato salad
Perhaps we peaked your attention a little bit when we started talking about the dill pickle potato salad recipe we mentioned above but, even though you do enjoy dill flavours, you’re worried that including the actual pickles themselves will sort of overshadow a lot of the other things you enjoy about potato salad? Then we think you might actually get along a little better with something like this dill potato salad made by Paleo Leap that uses only the herb for flavouring, rather than the strong dill flavours given off by pickles themselves. It’s the taste you like, but a little lighter!
9. Mustard chive potato salad
Were you actually quite intrigued indeed when we started talking about delicious, strongly flavoured potato salads but you’re just not sure you want to go quite as overtly or specifically “flavoured” as the salt and vinegar idea we showed you a little higher on our list? In that case, we’d like to direct your attention to this deliciously mustard and chive flavoured alternative instead! The Garlic Diaries shows you how to make it happen (with perfect texture, might we add).
10. Korean style potato salad
If you’re going to get unique and creative with your potato salad recipes this summer, would you rather add flavour in a way that you and your family have actually never tried before? Maybe you’re just looking for a way to get your kids eating more fruits and veggies this summer by mixing them into familiar dishes that you already know they usually love. In either case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Hanna One made this mouth watering Korean style potato salad that includes apples and pears in the mix for a really fresh taste!
11. Fully loaded potato salad
We know we’ve already mentioned one or two recipes that sort of hearkened back to the taste of a fully loaded baked potato that you might enjoy in the colder seasons when the weather has you feeling like you need something hot and filling, but those were nothing compared to this fantastic fully loaded potato salad recipe featured on Family Fresh Meals! Although it’s still served cold, this recipe is literally essentially everything you’d find on a huge, loaded up baked potato… mixed together for easier bites. We’re obsessed!
12. Cauliflower “potato” salad
Are you actually still thinking about how you can make your potato salad a little bit more inclusive of all your family and friends, wondering how you can make something that your vegan, vegetarian, or other diet conscious friends can also eat to their heart’s content? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at how Nellie Bellie made this “potato” salad alternative that’s actually secretly made of cauliflower! We’ve made and eaten this recipe countless times and we’re pleased to tell you that it’s so delicious you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference between this and any more classic potato salad you’ve ever had.
13. German potato salad
Do you still actually have you thinking about how different countries make similar things, so you’ve been scrolling through our list hoping to find even more international dishes that will give you all kinds of new ways to enjoy potato salad? Then we’d definitely encourage you to take a look at how Rockenwagner paid tribute to German delicacies by making this fantastic warmed potato salad dish that includes chicken stock and is salted and seasoned rather than creamy.
14. Vegan rainbow potato salad
Just in case you’re still in the market (no pun intended) for a vegan-friendly, super veggie heavy potato salad option that will really impress your friends and family, here’s a fantastic recipe from I Love Vegan that’s so chalk full of the best veggies around that it’s actually colourful! Check out how they made their dish creamy despite the fact that it’s a little bit more nutritious than the average potato salad and doesn’t involve any mayonnaise or sour cream.
15. Dill pickle potato salad
Before we sign off for the day, we simply cannot help including this last unique recipe because we’re honestly the biggest dill pickle lovers around! We know we’ve already talked a little bit about potato salad recipes that involve a few pickles or a little bit of dill, but this recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Treats takes the cake if the pickles are really what you’re looking for most. This is the ultimate combination dish for people who can’t decide whether they love potato salad or pickles more.
Do you know a fellow cook and DIY enthusiast who loves trying out new recipes that put creative twists on their favourite things, but who also love potato salad just as much as we do, of not more? Share this post with them so they have all kinds of exciting new dishes to try!