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, 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.


Potato salad with vinegar dressing
Cold potato salad served at a restaurant
American-style potato salad with egg and mayonnaise
Dutch potato and corned beef salad
Northern German potato salad

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]


In Bulgaria potato salad is made with boiled then peeled and diced potatoes, leeks or onions, oil, salt and black pepper.

Czech Republic and Slovakia[edit]

In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, potato salad is a traditional Christmas meal. It comes as a side dish to a fried fish (most commonly carp) or certain type of white sausage served as a dinner on Christmas Eve. Each family preserves their own recipe. It most commonly contains potatoes, carrots, green peas, pickled cucumbers, celery, mayonnaise, eggs and onions. Some families use also parsley, yoghurt, mustard, pepper, salami and other ingredients.


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]


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]


In Romania, potato salad is called salată orientala. The Romanian potato salad is made with potato, eggs, onions and olives season with : oil, salt, vinegar with or without a little bit of sugar ( only a pinch) or sometimes with mayonnaise.


Potato Salad is a common Syrian side-dish, It contains the following ingredients: Boiled potatoes cut into cubes, tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh parsley, fresh mint, onion, green pepper all cut into small pieces. The dressing is made of olive oil, lemon, salt and black pepper. It is eaten cold.

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, chopped pickles (pickled cucumber), chives, finely-chopped red or white onion, chopped green or red bell pepper, thinly-sliced/finely-chopped celery and chopped hard-boiled eggs (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]

See also[edit]


  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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