Potato salad

Potato salad is a salad dish made from boiled potatoes, usually containing a dressing and a variety of other ingredients such as boiled eggs and raw vegetables.

Potato salad
Restaurant cold potato salad
CourseSide dish
Place of originGermany
Serving temperatureCold (some warm)
Main ingredientsPotatoes
Ingredients generally usedEggs, mayonnaise

In the United States, it is generally considered a side dish and usually accompanies the main course.

History and varieties

Potato salad is widely believed to have originated in Germany, spreading largely throughout Europe, the United States, and later Asia.[1][2] American potato salad most likely originated from recipes brought to the U.S. by way of German and other European immigrants during the nineteenth century.[2][1]

American-style potato salad is served cold or at room temperature. Ingredients often include mayonnaise or a comparable substitute (such as yogurt or sour cream), herbs, and raw vegetables (such as onion and celery).[3] German-style potato salad is served warm or at room temperature and is made with a vinaigrette, (rather than a creamy mayonnaise-based dressing), and typically includes bacon.[4] Asian-style potato salad is similar to American-style potato salad, but has a sweeter and eggier flavor.

American potato salad

The earliest known American potato salad recipes date back to the mid-19th century or mid-1800s and are rooted in German cuisine, which was introduced to the United States by European settlers.[5] Early American potato salad was made from cooked potatoes that were typically dressed with oil, vinegar, and herbs. [6]

Japanese-style potesara

Japanese potato salad

A version of potato salad in Japan is known as potesara (or potesala ポテサラ), an English loanword portmanteau. It traditionally consists of the primary potato salad ingredients (mashed boiled potatoes, boiled eggs) with vegetables (cucumber, onion, carrot) and ham mixed with a dressing of mayonnaise, rice vinegar, and karashi mustard.

Russian potato salad (Oliviersalad)


This kind of potato salad typically includes potatoes, mayonnaise, boiled eggs, boiled carrots and pickled cucumbers (in Polish ogórki kiszone). Sometimes canned corn, peas, boiled parsley root, boiled leek or even apples are added. Furthermore, chopped parsley is commonly used as a garnish. For seasoning the salad only salt and pepper are necessary.[7]

See also


  1. "» Potato Salad: History". www.guampedia.com. Retrieved 6 March 2017., backup
  2. Olver, Lynne. "The Food Timeline: history notes--salad". The Food Timeline. Archived from the original on 8 April 2020.
  3. "American Potato Salad Recipe". kraftrecipes.com. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. "German Potato Salad".
  5. Russo, Susan (10 June 2009). "Rethinking Potato Salad". NPR.
  6. Russo, Susan (10 June 2009). "Rethinking Potato Salad". NPR.
  7. "Sałatka jarzynowa". Kwestia Smaku (in Polish). 23 May 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
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