Potato salad is an easy side dish to make for your barbecue—plus it goes along beautifully with any burger. Try some of these creative and kid-pleasing recipes at your next cookout!

1. Loaded Baked Potato Salad

 What’s not to love about this hearty recipe that includes mouthwatering ingredients like bacon and cheese? Even better, it takes only 30 minutes to make!


  • 1½ pounds potatoes

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

  • 7 strips bacon

  • 5 green onion stalks

  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

  • 1–2 teaspoons dill, optional

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Full recipe at: Swanky Recipes


2. Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

This savory potato salad recipe is creamy and includes everyone’s favorite ranch flavor. Adding green onions to top off the dish will really enhance the tasty bacon and ranch flavors.


  • 2 pounds potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream

  • 1 (1-ounce) package ranch dressing mix

  • 1¼ cups cooked bacon, crumbled

  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

  • 2 bunches green onions, thinly sliced

Full recipe at: The Recipe Critic


3. German Potato Salad

With its zesty vinegar flavor and colorful appearance, this mayonnaise-free potato salad could be your family’s new favorite side dish. Once all ingredients are tossed together, it’s best when served hot and fresh from the pan.


  • 3½ to 4 pounds medium red potatoes, quartered

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 pound bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 1 large yellow onion, minced

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons coarse or stoneground German style mustard

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • ½ cup parsley, chopped

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Full recipe at: Foodie Crush


4. Ultimate Red Skinned Potato Salad

Swap the mayonnaise with a creamy honey-dijon dressing for this healthier potato salad option.  While it may seem traditional, it’s anything but bland, and it’s sure to be a hit at any summer barbecue or potluck!


  • 1½ pounds baby red-skinned potatoes, quartered

  • 1 jumbo sweet onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 eggs

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • Salt and pepper

Full recipe at: Iowa Girl Eats


5. Texas Style Potato Salad

Looking for a potato salad that packs a punch? The bold flavors of red wine vinegar, cumin, coriander and chiles give this potato salad an extra burst of flavor.


  • 3 pounds red/new potatoes

  • 1 large red onion, cut into thick slices

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seed

  • 1 pinch cumin seed

  • 1 tablespoon oregano leaves

  • 2 serrano chiles, minced

  • 3 slices bacon, crisply cooked and coarsely chopped

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, thick stems discarded, coarsely chopped

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon coarse black pepper

Full recipe at: She Wears Many Hats


6. Potato and Green Bean Salad

Healthy isn’t usually the first word that comes to mind when you think of potato salad, but with this recipe you can enjoy the carbohydrates of potatoes combined with healthy and fiber-rich green beans! Pair with lean grilled chicken for a healthier approach to your backyard barbecue.


  • 2 pounds small potatoes, peeled

  • 6 ounces green beans

  • ¼ cup olive oil (extra-virgin)

  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 4 teaspoons mustard seeds

  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves, chopped

  • ½ cup red onion, thinly sliced

  • Coarse salt

Full recipe at: All Top Food


7. Bacon and Egg Potato Salad

For a potato salad recipe that’s sure to be a crowd favorite, simply add bacon! No need to peel the potatoes for this recipe, cutting down your prep time and making this recipe very easy from start to finish.


  • 3 pounds baby potatoes

  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and broken into pieces

  • 5 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and sliced

  • 1 ½ cup mayonnaise (or half mayo, half sour cream)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon mustard

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped dill pickles

  • 4 chopped salad onions

Full recipe at: Nosh Tastic


8. Avocado Potato Salad

Avocado pairs well with almost any recipe, and this one is no exception! Use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise to compliment the rich avocado flavor as well as put a healthier spin on it.


  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold or red potatoes, quartered

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 ¼ cups plain Greek yogurt or mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced

  • 2 medium organic avocados, peeled, pitted and diced

  • half of a small red onion, peeled and thinly-sliced (or diced)

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (about 2-3 celery ribs)

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Full recipe at: Gimme Some Oven


10. Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad

If you’re bored with simpler potato salad recipes, why not kick it up a notch with this spicy sriracha-infused recipe?  The bacon adds an extra crunch to this beloved barbecue side dish.


  • 3 pounds red potatoes

  • 3-4 slices of bacon

  • 2 ½ tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup quality mayo (homemade or store-bought)

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1 ½ tablespoons sriracha chili sauce (extra to taste)

  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion

  • Paprika, to taste

Full recipe at: Peas and Crayons


11. Japanese Potato Salad

Looking for a potato salad that even your little picky eaters will love? This Japanese style potato salad is mild, but also contains plenty of veggies to add nutrients to your kids’ diet!


  • 2 medium russet potatoes

  • ½ medium carrot (about 2.8 ounces)

  • ½ fresh corn kernels (about 2.12 ounces)

  • 4 inches Japanese cucumbers (about 2.8 ounces)

  • 1 large egg

  • 3 ½ ounces mayonnaise (preferably Kewpie)

  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon honey (or sugar)

  • Black pepper and salt to taste

Full recipe at: Food 4 Tots

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