How to Make Potato Salad: The 3 Simple Steps You Need to Follow
If you want to learn how to make potato salad, you've come to the right place. Use our classic potato salad recipe to win over picnic- and potluck-goers, then learn how to make delicious potato salad recipes such (including the famous warm German potato salad). We'll teach you everything you need to know to make this creamy, delicious, essential summer side dish.
There are few nostalgic dishes that complete a summertime picnic spread better than potato salad. Since the tender boiled potatoes dressed in a tangy dressing can be served cold or at room temperature, it makes the perfect potluck side dish. While it's convenient to pick up a carton of creamy potato salad at the store or deli, you can easily make homemade potato salad with minimal effort and just a handful of ingredients. Start out by making our tried-and-true classic Better Homes & Gardens potato salad. Watch it quickly disappear at your outdoor gathering, then add one of our other delicious potato salad recipes to the menu next time.
How to Make Potato Salad
Follow these simple steps to learn how to make potato salad. We're using our classic recipe complete with eggs and mayonnaise for a fan-favorite side. Once you've mastered the original homemade potato salad recipe, try one of the recipe twists below.
1. Cook the Potatoes
In a medium saucepan ($13, Walmart) place potatoes, ¼ teaspoon salt, and enough water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Wondering how long to boil potatoes for potato salad? They'll be done in no time! Simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until just tender. Drain well.
Test Kitchen Tip: Cooking times for potatoes can vary based on the size of your cut or whole pieces so keep an eye on them and check often with a fork.
2. Make the Dressing
3. Combine Ingredients
Test Kitchen Tip: Want to make your potato salad stand out from the rest of the usual potluck favorites? Try using red potatoes instead. Especially when you leave the skins on, red potatoes can easily bring a whole new look (and a slightly different flavor) to a basic potato salad.
How to Make German Potato Salad
German potato salad is usually served warm, unlike classic potato salad with egg and mayo. German potato salad recipes usually feature bacon and vinegar as main ingredients. Since it’s served hot, German potato salad isn’t as much of a picnic favorite as classic potato salad, but that doesn’t mean you should pass this version up. Try serving German potato salad for dinner alongside just about any meat entrée, or make this warm dish in winter for a cold-weather variation of summer potato salad.
Best Potatoes for Potato Salad
Most of our Test Kitchen's potato salad recipes call for waxy potato types such as red, yellow fingerling, and new potatoes. We prefer these over softer types like the traditional Russet because they hold their shape better once cooked and stirred into the dressing.
Now that you're a pro at making homemade potato salad, branch out to a new potato salad recipe. Give plain potato salad a BLT sandwich twist. Utilize the whole garden with our summer vegetable potato salad. Swap the dressing for pesto or try making a sweet potato salad. No matter which recipe you choose, you'll know you've brought one of the best potluck side dishes of all time to the table.