How to Make Potato Salad

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Is there anything more comforting than potato salad? Whether it’s mayonnaise-based or made with oil and vinegar, potato salad is always a hit.

Make your own potato salad at home, and you can customize it to your liking. There are so many options for dressings and add-ins!

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Best Potatoes for Potato Salad

Waxy potatoes will hold up better than starchy ones when boiled. Red-skinned potatoes work best, but new potatoes or fingerlings also can be used.

Avoid russets for potato salad, since they’ll fall apart when boiled.

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How to Make Potato Salad

  1. Rinse 2 pounds of red-skinned potatoes, peel them and cut them into cubes. Keep the peeled potatoes in a bowl of water until you’re ready to cook them, so they won’t discolor.
  2. Add the potatoes to a pot and cover them with cold water, until the water is an inch above the potatoes.
  3. Add a little salt to your water, cover your pot, and heat on high until boiling.
  4. As soon as the water comes to a boil, uncover the pot and lower the heat to a simmer.
  5. Continue cooking the potatoes until you can easily stick a fork in them. It should take 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of your cubes.
  6. Drain your potatoes and return them to the pot.
  7. For classic potato salad, let your potatoes cool before adding a mayonnaise dressing. Stir in 1 cup or more of mayo, 2 teaspoons mustard, some chopped hard-boiled eggs, salt, pepper and if desired, some chopped green onions.
  8. For a marinated potato salad, add oil and vinegar, instead of mayo, to the potatoes while they’re still warm. Add seasonings and chopped red onion, if desired.
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How to Serve and Store Potato Salad

Mayonnaise-based potato salad needs to be served chilled but can stay at room temperature up to two hours. If it’s 90 degrees F or hotter, don’t leave the potato salad out for more than an hour.

Keep mayonnaise-based potato salad on ice during a party. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days if there are eggs in it, or up to four days if made without hard-boiled eggs.

Marinated potato salad (vinegar based and without eggs) should be served at room temperature. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days.

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How to Make Vegan Potato Salad

For vegan potato salad, skip the hard-boiled eggs and use a vegan dressing such as oil and vinegar, or vegan mayo. Try this Lemony Grilled Potato Salad or this Italian Potato Salad with Green Beans!

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