16 Potato Salad Recipes to Update Your Summer Picnic

Don't overlook this humble staple side dish

There is perhaps no side better suited for summer barbecues, picnics, and potlucks than a classic potato salad recipe. From warm potatoes tossed with a bright herb vinaigrette to a cool, creamy mayonnaise-based version with hardboiled egg, the humble side dish stands up to the smokiest of meats and spiciest of sauces with ease. No grilled meat is complete without its trusty sidekick: potato salad. For a sweet spin, swap your garden-variety spuds for sweet potatoes. From hot and cold potato salad dishes to potato salad hot dogs, we’ve rounded up our favorite potato salad recipes here.

Vinegar-Marinated Potatoes with Olives and Capers

Vinegar-Marinated Potatoes with Olives and Capers

Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad

Homemade lemon mayonnaise adds zesty flavor to these tender, coarsely mashed potatoes. Get the recipe for Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad »

Potato Salad Hot Dog

Potato Salad Hot Dog

German Potato Salad

Some recipes for this salad call for sauteing the onions in the bacon fat, but we prefer them left raw. This version comes from James Beard’s American Cookery (Little, Brown & Co., 1972). Get the recipe for German Potato Salad »

Crispy Smashed Za’atar Potatoes

Boiled buttery Yukon gold potatoes are smashed and roasted crisp in this side dish. A finishing sprinkle of za’atar, a heady Middle Eastern mix of spices, seeds, and herbs, brings these potatoes to the next level. Get the recipe for Crispy Smashed Za’atar Potatoes »

Roasted Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Shallots

Roasting potatoes for potato salad, rather than boiling them, lends a caramelized sweetness that’s offset by a tangy dressing of sour cream, mustard, and shallots. Get the recipe for Roasted Potato Salad with Sour Cream and Shallots »

Warm Red Potato Salad

Moroccan Potato Salad

Bright and aromatic with plenty of fresh parsley, this potato salad is definitive of Moroccan cuisine. Get the recipe for Moroccan Potato Salad »

Potato Salad with Red Onion

This cool, creamy potato salad is spiked with pickle relish and red onion. Get the recipe for Potato Salad with Red Onion »

Pesto Potato Salad

Serve this simple and bright potato salad warm or cold alongside grilled or roasted meats and seafood. Get the recipe for Pesto Potato Salad »

Curried Potato Salad

Curried Potato Salad

Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise

Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise

Ignacio Mattos’ Potato Salad

Boiling potatoes whole and unpeeled means they don’t absorb too much water as they cook. Mixing them with an egg yolk and olive oil yields a rich dressing without the heavy creaminess of mayonnaise. Get the recipe for Smashed Potato Salad »

Israeli Fried Potatoes with Kashkaval Cheese

Piquant kashkaval, a Balkan cows’ or sheep’s milk cheese, and mildly spicy shifa peppers add sharpness to these fried potatoes. Get the recipe for Israeli Fried Potatoes with Kashkaval Cheese »

Lyonnaise Potato Salad with Herring

The key to this potato salad is its powerful ingredients: Cured herring and bracing red wine vinegar give each bite a pop of flavor. Get the recipe for Lyonnaise Potato Salad with Herring »

Jude’s Perfect Potato Salad

A healthy dose of celery seeds and sharp Dijon mustard add a kick to this mashed potato and egg salad. Get the recipe for Jude’s Perfect Potato Salad »