Potato Salad

Potato salad can be prepared dozens of ways, most often by tossing chopped, boiled potatoes with a mayonnaise or vinegar dressing. To mix up this classic picnic side dish, we love using mustard seeds, grated cauliflower, smoky bacon and peppery arugula, or adding barbecue sauce and mustard oil to the mayonnaise dressing. One of our favorite riffs calls for a hummus-yogurt dressing—it’s a lighter alternative to mayonnaise without sacrificing the creamy texture. Diced celery, cornichons and sweet onion provide even more flavor and crunch, and a little bit of parsley freshens up the whole dish. Get these recipes and more from Food & Wine’s guide to potato salad.

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Using the Right Potato Is the Secret to a Great Potato Salad

It doesn't matter what you stir into the salad if the potatoes won't even hold together.

Red Potato Salads

Red potato salad can be prepared dozens of ways, most often by tossing chopped, boiled potatoes with a dressing made from mayonnaise or vinegar. We love to add mustard seeds, grated cauliflower, smoky bacon and peppery arugula to mix up this classic picnic side dish. Baby red potatoes are our favorite kind to use for potato salad--they're super tender, and you don't even have to peel them...just nick off any bad spots before boiling. Whether you prefer a classic mayonnaise dressing or want to try something a little lighter (try olive oil and herbs), these potato salad recipes are perfect for everything from backyard barbecues to family dinners.

Ham-and-Potato Salad

In his elevated version of potato salad, star chef José Andrés combines fingerling potatoes, smoky ham and cucumbers in a whipped deviled egg dressing. Slideshow: More Potato Salad Recipes

Classic Potato Salad

Baby potatoes have a naturally sweet flavor and creamy texture that's delicious in this classic potato salad recipe. Even better, they hold their shape better than cut-up full-size potatoes, and there’s no need to peel them! A touch of scallions and parsley make this version especially addictive. Make it as a simple side for your next backyard bbq or summer picnic. More Recipes: Potato Salad RecipesBBQ Side DishesSummer Sides

Potato Salad with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce

The mayonnaise dressing for this potato salad gets pungency from mustard oil (store-bought spicy mustard works fine, too) and a hit of smoky-sweet flavor from bacon and bottled barbecue sauce.    More Make-Ahead Picnic Salads