All About Potato Salad
Including Potato Salad on the Grill

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Ah, potato salad! Everyone loves potato salad.

There are three kinds of potato salad: traditional creamy potato salad, German potato salad, and roasted potato salad that can be tossed with a vinaigrette or a creamy dressing. Today, we’ll explore all three kinds.


How to Make Traditional Creamy Potato Salad

Creamy potato salad is made with a white dressing. The white dressing can be made with mayonnaise, sour cream, yogurt, salad dressing, or a combination. To this, vinegar, lemon juice, or prepared mustard is usually added sometimes balanced with a touch of sugar. Herbs, spices, onions, or chives are also usually added for additional flavor. The vegetables can consist of potatoes and almost anything else such as, celery, peppers, olives, peas, carrots, corn, and meat. Hard boiled eggs are a traditional addition.

Read on to make an Original Spring Potato Salad >>

Read on to make Sweet Pickle Potato Salad >>


How to Make Roasted Potato Salad in the Oven or on the Grill

We like roasted potato salad for two reasons. Instead of boiling potatoes, the potatoes are roasted with the vegetables. We like roasted onions, peppers, beans and other vegetables in our salad. And we like to get out of the kitchen and roast our salad on the grill.

Roasted potato salad can be made with either a creamy dressing or a vinaigrette.

Read on for Confetti Roasted Potato Salad >>

Read on for Old Country Bratwurst Roasted Potato Salad >>


How to Make German Potato Salad

German potato salad is made with a vinaigrette and served warm—though we find cold German potato salad to be just as good. The vinaigrette is usually made sauce-like by cooking it with potato starch, corn starch, or flour.

If you are not familiar with German potato salad, give it a try.

This traditional potato salad is made with sliced potatoes and plenty of bacon mixed with the potato slices. It is a very good version of the original.

Read on to make German Potato Salad >>


Double Bladed
Mezzaluna

Stainless Steel
Mr.Mister

Sour Cream Potato
Rolls or Buns

Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

There are a number of versions of sweet potato salad existing in cyberspace. Some are made with a combination of white potatoes and sweet potatoes and some with sweet potatoes only. We like ours the best. It’s made with sweet potatoes, corn, and red onion. The surprise ingredient is peanuts. The dressing is made with lime juice, ginger, and a clove of garlic.

This is an adventuresome salad but if made with enough spark from the dressing, it is very good . . . and good for you.

Read on for the recipe >>


Is Mayonnaise a Safety Issue?

We’ve heard for years that mayonnaise will cause food poisoning if not carefully refrigerated. There may be more legend than fact to that story.

Commercial mayonnaise is made to carefully controlled standards. It is very acidic, enough so that most bacteria will not grow in mayonnaise.

Does that mean that you don’t need to refrigerate your potato salad? Probably not. Most salads have some components, including potatoes, that can be considered potentially hazardous if not refrigerated. While the mayonnaise sitting on a warm picnic table all afternoon may not make you sick, its components might. So, potato salad at the family reunion is probably no more nor no less hazardous than many of the other salads left out on the table.

If you would like to read more about mayonnaise safety, check these sites:

North Dakota State Agriculture Communication >>
National institutes of Health/PubMed >>

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