Potato salad

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Potato salad
A coarse cut potato salad
Type Salad
Course Side dish
Main ingredients Potatoes
Cookbook:Potato salad  Potato salad

Potato salad is a dish made from boiled potatoes that comes in many versions in different regions of the world. Though called a salad, it is generally a side dish, as it usually accompanies the main course.

Potato salad is often served with barbecue, roasts, hot dogs, fried chicken, hamburgers and cold sandwiches. It is generally considered casual fare, and as such is typically served at picnics, outdoor barbecues, potlucks and other casual meals and events.

It is a popular menu choice of cooks preparing food for a large number of people, because it is easily made in large quantities, it can be prepared in advance and refrigerated until needed, and requires inexpensive ingredients.


Northern German potato salad
Cold potato salad served at a restaurant

General versions of potato salad include:

Different versions of potato salad are served at different temperatures. Most potato salads are served at room temperature or chilled, though the southern German variant may be served warm as well. In the U.S. and northern Germany potato salads are commonly served chilled and require refrigeration beforehand.[citation needed]


German "Kartoffelsalat" is a popular variation that is generally prepared with vinegar, potatoes, oil, vegetable broth, bacon bits, parsley, red onion and topped with chive and served warm. This style of potato salad is usually found in Southern Germany. Potato salad from northern Germany is generally made with mayonnaise and quite similar to its U.S. counterpart. Potato salad and sausages (like Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Bockwurst or Wiener) is a popular German dish for Christmas Eve.[1][2]

Russia and the former Soviet bloc[edit]

Russian version, called Olivier salad or Stolichny salad, became popular as a side-dish for Christmas and New Year feasts across the former Soviet sphere of influence. Originally, the salad included various kinds of poultry, meat and sea fruit; in its current widespread form, it is largely similar to the mayonnaise-based northern Germany version.


A version of potato salad popular in Latium is boiled potatoes dressed with olive oil, vinegar, finely minced parsley and garlic, hot chili peppers and salt. In Sicily, potato salad is made with string beans and red onion, dressed with olive oil and vinegar.[3][4]

United States[edit]

Although potato salad is enjoyed any time of year in the United States, it is commonly associated with summer and picnics. White and/or red potatoes are commonly used; it is customary to leave a bit of the skin on red potatoes—especially when Americans make it German-style.

Basic ingredients for traditional American potato salad include: cubed, boiled potatoes (typically russet potatoes), mayonnaise or a mayonnaise-like substitute such as yogurt or sour cream, yellow mustard and/or mustard powder (dry mustard), black pepper, salt, celery seed, dry dill, chopped pickles (pickled cucumber), chives, finely-chopped red or white onion, chopped green or red bell pepper, thinly-sliced/finely-chopped celery and sometimes chopped hard-boiled egg whites (usually one egg per batch of salad). Vegetable ingredients (not including the potatoes) are incorporated raw and never cooked. The salad is often topped with paprika and chives, and generally served cold or room temperature.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Von Juliane Stich. "Umfrage eines Onlineshops: Würstchen mit Kartoffelsalat sind beliebtestes Weihnachtsessen - Panorama - Aktuelle Nachrichten zum Thema Boulevard, TV, Prominente, Musik. - Augsburger Allgemeine" (in German). Augsburger-allgemeine.de. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  2. ^ "German Potato Salad Recipe on Recidemia". Recidemia.com. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Potato Salad ("Patate all'Insalata" - " 'Nzalata ri Patati")". Sicilian Cooking Plus. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Penza, John (1997). Sicilian Vegetarian Cooking. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press. p. 146. ISBN 0-89815-868-0. 
  5. ^ Traditional Potato Salad-Martha Stewart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt-ymMa9enw
  6. ^ Potato Salad-Food Network http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/potato-salad-recipe1.html
  7. ^ Creamy Potato Salad-Betty Crocker http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/creamy-potato-salad/f632cea1-2421-4ebd-890a-4d91598c472d

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