Potato salad just might be the perfect picnic food. Whether you’re enjoying potato salad with hamburgers
, grilled chicken, spring rolls, or on its own, it never goes out of style. Making a hearty, easy potato salad recipe is a great way to put yourself in a sunny mood.
Picture sitting on a red-and-white checkered blanket on the grass next to a lake with family and friends, eating a big, delicious bowl of potato salad together. That’s a classic Canadian setting for a picnic lunch
. So why not live the potato salad dream?
Whether you prefer potato salad that’s decadent and creamy or light and refreshing, there’s an infinite variety of easy potato salad recipes to explore. It’s always fun to discover a new potato salad dressing. You can mix things up by making potato salad with eggs, chicken, or beans. Potato salad is simple, down-home food, but it’s also a great chance to get inventive.
Who Invented Potato Salad?
The many easy potato salad recipes we enjoy today owe something to different cultures.
Spanish explorers reportedly brought early versions of potato salad to North America in the 16th century. It became more popular in the 19th century when German immigrants introduced their potato salad recipes, often featuring vinegar, oil, and assorted spices
and seasonings. Circa the 1920’s, mayonnaise became a key ingredient in North American potato salad recipes. Picnic lovers have benefited from it all.
What Are the Best Potatoes for Potato Salad?
Choosing the best potatoes for potato salad varies according to individual preferences and recipes.
Generally speaking, you want potatoes that are less starchy, that will retain their shape and won’t fall apart while cooking. Smaller, thin-skinned potatoes will be a great fit since their skin will help them stay intact. Some varieties include baby potatoes, new potatoes or fingerling, or White Potatoes or Yukon Gold. Check what’s seasonally available and what’s on sale. While we love russets for mashed potatoes, steer clear of this starchy type since it will fall apart while cooking.
Right now, let’s dig into 6 easy potato salad recipes!
Potato Salad with Egg: An Egg-cellent Choice
Potato salad with egg doesn’t come any tastier than this hearty, easy recipe. Made with Yukon Gold potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, chopped celery, and red onions, it’s sure to satisfy everyone at your picnic. Seasonings include Dill Weed, Ground Mustard, Sea Salt Grinder, and Ground Black Pepper, rounding out mayo and sour cream.
Sprinkled with Paprika, this easy potato salad with egg is as gorgeous as it’s mouthwatering. It takes just 45 minutes to make and offers 12 servings. Fans of deviled eggs will go wild!
Potato Salad with Blue Cheese or French's Mustard
For a root vegetable-style change of pace from traditional buffalo wings, you’ve got to try our buffalo chicken potato salad at your next picnic. The chicken, celery, and blue cheese are enhanced with Celery Seed, Garlic Powder, and Ground Cayenne Pepper. Want to kick it up a notch with a dash of Frank's RedHot Hot Sauce? We won't stop you!
French’s Classic Yellow Mustard drives this easy potato salad recipe with red potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and chopped green onion. Filling and flavourful, it evokes big smiles, paper plates, picnic tables, and the smell of BBQ cooking on a warm summer day.
Zesty Potato Salad Recipes For Your Picnic
This is an absolutely beautiful potato salad recipe that takes only 20 minutes to prepare. Featuring lime juice, diced red onion, and Peruvian Amarillo Chili Pepper, it brings the zing in a better-for-you dish that’s a welcome addition to any picnic.
Simple and colourful, this potato salad recipe features our Tex Mex signature blend (including chilies, cumin, jalapeño, and herbs). The combination of fresh green beans, red kidney beans, and tomato juice is as memorable as it’s delectable.
Other Potato Recipes To Try At Home
Have a lot of potatoes left over from your potato salad? Try these potato sides as well.
Try Some Of Our Other Favourite Sides & Salad Recipes