Potato Salad Recipes for Memorial Day Picnics and Parties

Looking to jazz up your version of this family favorite? Try out these tasty potato salad recipes for the ultimate summer side dish.

What are your family traditions for Memorial Day? Do you celebrate at a city parade to honor the men and women in the armed services – past and present?

Or maybe your Memorial Day celebrations revolve around a picnic and outdoor fun with family and friends. When it comes to your picnic menu, there’s one dish that’s an absolute must: potato salad.

For something traditional and classic, try out the recipe from the folks at Hellmann’s mayonnaise. Pump up the flavor with a grilled blue cheese and bacon variety. Or, use a little inspiration from around the world and try out one of these other delicious recipes.

Whatever recipe you choose, our suggestion is to make extras!

Hellmann’s Potato Salad

The makers of Hellmann’s mayonnaise know how to keep it classic. Hellmann’s original potato salad, includes all the ingredients that make this side dish great – onions, celery, red potatoes (of course!) and (optional) crispy, crumbled bacon. For the traditional family favorite, this is the recipe.

Big Daddy’s Grilled Blue Cheese-and-Bacon Potato Salad

Here’s a way to add in some smoky flavor to your next potato salad – grill it! This recipe for “Big Daddy’s” grilled blue cheese-and-bacon potato salad from My Recipes includes crumbles of both hearty ingredients mixed in with the potatoes. But instead of boiling the potatoes for the salad, this recipe calls for you to heat them in foil packets placed on the grill. Genius.

Italian Potato Salad

This recipe for Italian potato salad from Taste of Home includes all of the expected ingredients – with an Italian twist. Add in a dose of Italian salad dressing to amp up the flavor. A teaspoon of horseradish helps, too. Delizioso!

Lighter Potato Salad

Southern Living offers two recipes for “lightened” potato salad. You can take your pick: Lemony potato salad, with fresh lemon juice and olive oil as a stand-in for mayonnaise. Or you might want to try the herbed potato salad that gets its creamy texture from a blend of nonfat plain yogurt, light mayonnaise and olive oil.

Warm Asian Potato Salad with Sesame & Fresh Chile Dressing

No mayo in this recipe! For a creative, new take on the traditional version, try this warm Asian potato salad with sesame and fresh chile dressing from the Steamy Kitchen. The potato wedges are bathed in a dressing of ginger, rice vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, roasted sesame seeds and minced fresh chile pepper. If you’re looking to find something unique for your picnic, this recipe will dazzle your guests!

French Potato Salad

The French version of potato salad is a bit more basic and striped down, allowing you to savor the fresh ingredients and the taste of summer without any of the extras you don’t want in your side dish. The secret to making this dish pop is in the fresh herbs.

Vegan Potato Salad

Looking for a dairy-free potato salad that doesn’t skimp on the creamy texture and rich bites? This recipe from The Simple Veganista goes beyond swapping the mayonnaise for vegan mayo. It’s rich, savory and fresh — just the way a good potato salad should be!

Looking for even more Memorial Day recipe ideas? Check out our roundup of fruit salad recipe ideas


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