Summer is fast approaching, and you know what that means—barbecues, cookouts, picnics, and potlucks.
When it comes to outdoor, casual get-togethers, the grill usually gets all the love. Okay, maybe the grill and the cooler. Burgers and hotdogs and all the fixings will be planned carefully, ribs will be marinated overnight, and someone who knows what he’s doing will be put in charge of the drinks. But the sides? Sometimes the sides are simply store-bought, or even forgotten altogether.
Potato salad is probably the most popular summer side dish, but it’s not surprising that many people can just take it or leave it. After all, it’s hard to get excited about something that’s delegated to giant machines dishing out tub after tub of this poor, maligned salad.
We’re changing that today. Right now. It’s time the potato salad got its fair share of summer fare love.
Let’s start with the basics. To the traditionalist, potato salad has to be creamy, simply seasoned, with nothing detracting from the potatoes. Yep, we’ve got some of that.
Clockwise from top left: The Best American-Style Potato Salad from ThreeManyCooks, Perfect Potato Salad from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, Deviled Potato Salad from anediblemosaic, Creamy Potato Salad from Ursala’s Tried-N-True, Mom’s Potato Salad from lizzygoesdutch, and Ree’s Potato Salad.
If you’re feeling slightly more adventurous (but only slightly), sometimes the simple addition of dill can do wonders for your potato salad. Ah, dill. I love you with salmon and with pickles, but oh, what you do to potato salad.
Want more adventure? Let’s load up that potato salad, shall we? Bacon, cheese, sour cream … or keep it light with green beans and almonds. No more Plain Jane salad, that’s for sure.
Clockwise from top left: Bacon Ranch Potato Salad from Laurie @SimplyScratch, Baked Potato Salad from Karly Campbell, Not Another Boring Potato Salad from KeepItSimpleFoods, and Loaded Potato Salad from D’anne.
And if you’re a rebel like me (or German), you’ll toss the cream altogether. The advantage of skipping the mayo or creamy dressing is that it’ll hold up to the outdoors a little better. From roasted potatoes to sweet potatoes to grilled potatoes with vegetables, try one of these non-traditional potato salads and steal some of the burger’s thunder.
Clockwise from top left: Warm Roasted Potato Salad from runningwithtweezers, Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad from The Red Spoon, Lemony Potato Salad with Basil and Mint from Recipe for Delicious, Warm Chorizo and New Potato Salad from londonbakes, Grilled Red Pepper Potato Salad from GrillGrrrl, and Festive Grilled Zucchini and Sweet Potato Salad from Natalie (Perrys’ Plate).
There you have it! These are just some of the many ways to jazz up the usually-ordinary potato salad. Give one a go! Or maybe you have a family favorite you’d like to share. Do tell! I love it when the underdog shines.
Have a great weekend, everyone!