Potato Salad with Fresh Stir-Ins

At your next cookout, surround basic potato salad with bowls of flavorful stir-ins like bacon, peppers, and garden-fresh vegetables.

Potato Salad with Fresh Stir-Ins
Photo: Tina Rupp
Prep Time:
20 mins
Roast Time:
40 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Chill Time:
1 day
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 5 pound tiny new red potatoes or baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 recipe Classic Potato Salad Dressing

  • Milk


  • Snipped fresh sorrel, parsley, dill, and/or basil

  • Crisp-cooked bacon, drained and crumbled

  • Seeded and chopped jalapeño chile peppers and/or chopped bottled red cherry peppers*

  • Mustard seeds, fennel seeds, and/or caraway seeds, toasted**

  • Chopped peeled avocado (drizzled with lemon juice)

  • Chopped radishes and/or celery

  • Chopped red onion and/or green onion

Classic Potato Salad Dressing

  • 1 ½ cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Place potatoes in a greased large shallow roasting pan. Drizzle with the 1/4 cup olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper; toss to coat. Roast, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes or until just tender and browned, stirring occasionally.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare Classic Potato Salad Dressing. Toss potatoes and dressing while potatoes are hot. Let stand for 15 minutes. Cover and chill up to 24 hours.

  3. To serve, stir up to 1/3 cup milk into potato mixture to desired consistency. Place potato salad in a large serving bowl. Arrange assorted fresh stir-ins and condiments in separate bowls around the potato salad. Makes 10 to 12 side-dish servings.

Classic Potato Salad Dressing

  1. In a medium bowl stir together mayonnaise or salad dressing, yellow mustard, white wine vinegar, salt, and ground black pepper.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

If desired, potatoes can be cooked in the microwave. To microwave potatoes, omit olive oil. Place half of the potatoes in a microwave-safe 2-quart casserole. Add 3/4 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Micro-cook, covered, on 100 percent power (high) for 10 to 14 minutes or until the potatoes are just tender, stirring twice. Drain potatoes; set aside. Repeat with remaining uncooked potatoes, using additional water and salt.


Because hot chile peppers, such as jalapeños, contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.


To toast seeds, heat them in a small skillet over medium heat about 2 minutes or until fragrant and lightly browned, stirring frequently.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

466 Calories
36g Fat
29g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 466
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 727mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 27.2mg 136%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 846mg 18%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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