Potato salad

Potato salad
A coarse-cut potato salad
Type Salad
Course Side dish
Main ingredients Potatoes
Cookbook: Potato salad  Media: Potato salad

Potato salad is a dish made from boiled potatoes and a variety of other ingredients. It is generally considered a side dish, as it usually accompanies the main course. Potato salad is widely believed to have originated in Germany from where it spread widely throughout Europe and later to European colonies.[1][2] American potato salad most likely originated from recipes brought to the U.S. by way of German and European settlers during the nineteenth century.[2][1] American-style potato salad is served cold or at room temperature. Ingredients often include mayonnaise or a mayonnaise-like substitute (such as yogurt or sour cream), herbs, and vegetables (such as onion and celery).[3] German-style potato salad is generally served warm and is typically made with vinegar or olive oil, herbs and bacon.

Europe and North America


German potato salad, or "Kartoffelsalat" is served warm or cold and prepared with potatoes, bacon, vinegar, salt, pepper, vegetable oil, mustard, vegetable or beef broth, and onions. This style of potato salad is usually found in Southern Germany. Potato salad from northern Germany is generally made with mayonnaise and quite similar to its U.S. counterpart.

United States

American potato salad most likely originated from recipes brought to the U.S. by German and European settlers during the nineteenth century.[4][5] Print evidence confirms that recipes for potato salad were often included in 19th century American cookbooks.[2] Ingredients for traditional American potato salad include cubed boiled potatoes; mayonnaise, yogurt, or sour cream, yellow mustard and/or dry mustard powder, black pepper, salt, celery seed, sugar, dill, pickles (pickled cucumber), chives, red or white onion, green or red bell pepper, celery, and sometimes chopped hard-boiled eggs. Vegetable ingredients (not including the potatoes) are diced or chopped and incorporated raw. The salad might be topped with paprika and chives, and is generally served cold.

See also


  1. 1 2 "» Potato Salad: History". www.guampedia.com. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 Olver, Lynne. "The Food Timeline: history notes--salad".
  3. "American Potato Salad Recipe". kraftrecipes.com. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. "The Food Timeline: Potato Salad". /www.foodtimeline.org.
  5. "» History of Potato Salad". www.guampedia.com. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
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