How to Make Potato Salad Three Ways

Picnics are made for potato salad. But not everybody likes traditional potato salad. Learn how to make potato salad three ways, right here. These easy recipes will amaze your picnic goers! Potato Salad Three Ways Traditional, Kicking, and Spiced Up are the three varieties of potato salad I made recently. Let me tell you, they were a hit. The crowd loved them and the recipes were totally #ConvenienceCooking – quick and easy.

Every summer picnic features potato salad on the buffet table. I think there’s a law somewhere that says this menu item is a requirement. I like potato salad. I’ve eaten tons of potato salad over the years. I mean, what’s not to like? It’s cold, filling, and it contains Potatoes! Potato Salad Three Ways

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Usually, the potato salads at picnics I attend are made in a traditional manner. Some mayo, some mustard, a few hard boiled eggs, potatoes … viola! Sometimes you’ll find a recipe that includes pickles or olives. I love them all!

I have made other recipes of potato salad, because my husband doesn’t particularly care for the traditional style. My Amazing Sour Cream Potato Salad and Bacon Ranch Potato Salad recipes are quite popular. In this post, you’ll find my traditional recipe, so keep reading.

Potato Salad Three Ways

Once in a while, I like a salad that makes you reach for the tall glass of milk. My Kicking Potato salad does that. It’s got those lovely green jalapeno pepper slices tossed in the middle of the tomatoes, potatoes and dressing.

Take this dish to a Tex-Mex themed potluck and folks will be talking about your salad for days. You could add a bit of shredded cheddar cheese and a side of sour cream if you want to cool off the kick.

Potato Salad Three Ways

This last of the three potato salad recipes is made with sweet potatoes. I’ve added some apples and almond slices for some crunch. The name of this salad is “Spiced Up” because it’s full of spicy cinnamon and turmeric.

You don’t even have to pick just one of these recipes, you can make potato salad three ways and store it in the fridge up to a week for your own dining pleasure.

Make It a Meal:

Of course, you’ll want to have a main dish if you’re preparing the entire meal and not just taking the salad to a potluck. Grilled chicken, pork or steak are perfect main dishes. Then again, these salads also pretty good beside old fashioned hamburgers and hot dogs. Hurry up and make potato salad three ways!

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Potato Salad Three Ways

Potato Salad Three Ways

Traditonal Potato Salad Recipe:


  • 6 med Potatoes
  • 1 sm Onion
  • 3/4 – 1 c Mayonnaise
  • 3 TB Mustard
  • 1/2 c Pickles

Recipe Directions:

  1. Cut potatoes into 1/2 inch sized pieces.
  2. Boil in large pan of water until fork tender. Drain, cool.
  3. Mix together mayonnaise, mustard and pickles.
  4. Toss cooled potato pieces with dressing.

Note: for variety use sweet or dill pickles.

Traditional Potato Salad Nutritional Value

Kicking Potato Salad Recipe:


  • 6 med Potatoes
  • 1 sm Onion
  • 3/4 – 1 c Ranch Salad dressing
  • 1 TB Chile Powder
  • 1/2 c Jalapeno Slices
  • 1 c Cherry Tomatoes

Recipe Directions:

  • Cut potatoes into 1/2 inch sized pieces.
  • Boil in large pan of water until fork tender. Drain, cool.
  • Mix together ranch dressing, chile powder and jalapenos.
  • Slice cherry tomatoes in half.
  • Toss cooled potato pieces with dressing and cherry tomatoes.

Kicking Potato Salad Nutritional Values

Spiced Up Potato Salad Recipe:


  • 3 lg Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 lg Apple
  • 3/4 – 1 c Mayonnaise
  • 1 TB Cinnamon
  • 1/2 TB Turmeric
  • 1/2 c Almond slices

Recipe Directions:

  • Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch sized pieces.
  • Boil in large pan of water until fork tender. Drain, cool.
  • Core and dice apples. (1/2 inch sized pieces)
  • Mix together mayonnaise, cinnamon and turmeric.
  • Toss cooled sweet potato and apple pieces with dressing. Top with almond slices.

Spiced Up Potato Salad Nutritional Values

Approximate Nutritional Information:

Servings Per Recipe: 10, Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169, Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 3g, Sodium: 258mg, Carbs: 24g, Protein: 4g

*Note: the approximate nutritional value is an average of the values from all three recipes. To see a more accurate estimate for each recipe, see the nutritional value picture after each set of directions.

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How to Make Potato Salad Three Ways — 12 Comments

  1. These potato salads look so much fun and I can totally see myself trying them. I think ‘Potato Salad’ is the default in any picnic and I’d definitely start with your ‘Kicking Potato Salad’ 🙂

  2. 3 ways of potato salad sounds good:) people who likes potatoes they got salad pack. I love to make with simple ingredients like turmeric and olive oil.

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