Why I love this potato salad recipe
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with potato salad for years now. I just couldn’t get it right. Maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up in a potato-salad-loving house. My mom preferred to serve this easy macaroni salad recipe and I didn’t love mayo-based salads as a kid anyway.
But, when we lived in Texas for a hot-minute, I worked an BBQ restaurant and that’s where I learned to love potato salad. I might have been one of the only things that was good at that particular restaurant. The food there was pretty average.
Since, then, I’ve been try so hard to make, what I consider to the be, the best potato salad recipe, and this is it for me.
I based it off of my friend Kelly’s red potato salad (she is the queen of southern barbecue side dishes), but I made it dairy free and added my favorite potato salad ingredient, celery seed.
The best part about this recipe, you can’t really mess it up. Since we are roasting the potatoes in the oven, you don’t have to worry about over boiling them or not salting the water enough, and the roasting adds this delicious warmth to the salad that really can’t be beat.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Baking sheet
- Chef’s knife
- Cutting board
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing bowl
How to make roasted potato salad
Roast the potatoes. Start by cubing the potatoes and toss them with olive oil and a heavy seasoning of salt & pepper. Place them on a baking sheet (I like to line mine with parchment for easier cleanup) and roast them in a 400˚F oven for 40 – 45 minutes.
Remove the from the oven when they are golden brown and crispy around the edges. Let cool completely.
Make the dressing. In a small mixing bowl (or the large salad bowl you’ll use later) whisk the mayon, Dijon, water and vinegar together until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Combine the salad. Add the cooled potatoes, the dressing and the remaining salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Stir to coat everything with the dressing. If you need to, adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper.
FAQs and tips for making this best potato salad
What do I serve with potato salad?
This potato salad recipe is super versatile. It would be great with:
- Onion straws
- Grilled chicken thighs
- Baked turkey meatballs
- Rose sangria
- Olive oil brownies
More great salad recipes:
- Broccoli salad with grapes
- Olive garden salad recipe (dairy free copycat)
- Wheat berry salad
- Mediterranean quinoa salad
- Strawberry poppyseed salad
Last Updated on June 16, 2020 by Melissa Belanger