Making potato salads can be a fun and easy way to create a delicious side dish, or a main course meal. One of the primary reasons that potato salad is so popular, is that it is very flexible and accommodating towards lots of different types of ingredients. If you love veggies, then you can make a potato salad heavily laden with bell peppers, onions, corn, peas, beans, spinach, or broccoli. If you're a meat eater, then you can make a potato salad with chicken, turkey, beef, pork, bacon, shrimp, or salmon. If you are a chilihead or spicy food lover, then you can really get the potato salad jumping with ingredients such as jalapeno peppers, hot sauce, salsa, cayenne pepper, horseradish, wasabi paste, green chilies, curry, cajun seasoning, or paprika. If you're a dressing fan, then try potato salad with ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing, or Italian dressing. There really are an unlimited number of ways available for making a great potato salad.
When it comes to delicious vegetables, a potato salad will accommodate just about any, so long as you get your proportions correct. When I make a potato salad, I will often add in a cup or so of steamed corn, peas, chopped string beans, fresh bell pepper, cucumber, zucchini chunks, squash strips, onions, and other various steamed or raw veggies. Contrary to the typical potato salad that usually contains lots of salt and mayonnaise, you can actually create an extremely delicious and healthy salad variation. Instead of mayonnaise, try mixing your potatoes and fresh vegetables with some homemade Italian dressing, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or vegetarian dressing. The Mediterranean potato salad typically features a little olive oil, potato chunks with their skin, some lemon juice, spring onions, minced garlic, and a little sea salt. Check out the recipe on our site, as it's really a healthy dish, and definitely worth trying one time.
Although I definitely like healthy potato salads, I also treat myself often to more hearty salads with meat. One of my favorite potato salad recipe variations, is one with lots of mayonnaise, crumbled bacon, and cheddar cheese. If you combine those three ingredients with new white potatoes, you will really find yourself in heaven while eating the dish. Other than bacon, I also like to use marinated or BBQ sauce covered beef or chicken chunks in my potato salad, which really brings the recipe to life, especially mixed with hard boiled eggs and onions. If you love seafood, then obviously you know that potato salad will accommodate grilled shrimp, salmon, halibut, trout, and various other seafood meats. Wild game meat is also very good in the dish, such as venison and duck. The trick is to get your savory meat pieces small and full of great flavors, that way they will blend right into the potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and other fresh ingredients.
For spicy food lovers, there is really no limit to the different ways you can prepare potato salad. Traditional spices used in the dish include cayenne pepper, dry mustard, paprika, black pepper, dill seed, chili powder, basil, oregano, Szechuan pepper, and others. If you like your potato salad really hot, then try adding minced or diced jalapeno peppers, your favorite hot sauce, chili peppers, Habanero peppers, crushed red pepper flakes, or Tabasco sauce. I like to whip my spices or hot ingredients into the mayonnaise separately, that way I can gauge the dressing flavor by doing a quick taste test, then once I have it made I will then mix it into the salad. Another great thing to do, is to make small potato salad dressing samplers for yourself, that way you can get an idea of which one you like the best. Thanks for checking out this brief article, we hope it gave you some starter ideas for a great homemade recipe. Please continue exploring our site.