8 tasty twists on potato salad

'Tis the season to fire up the grillacross the country as family and friends unite to feast on festive food. While the burgers and brats are often the stars of the show, some of the best fare can also be found along the side lines -- the side dishes.

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When it comes to sides, there's not one that's more delicious or more adaptable than good old potato salad. Whether you like it with mayonnaise or without, with eggs or with a kick of bacon or other goodness, there's a spud-based salad sure to please. Here are eight great potato salad recipes:

Traditional Potato Salad This is about as classic of a recipe as you can get -- mayo, celery, and hard-boiled eggs are all in there.

Nona's Potato Salad

  • 6 Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tablespoon grated onion
  • 2 Hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 2 Celery stalks, diced
  • Mayonnaise to taste (about 1/2-3/4 cup)
  • 1-2 teaspoons vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper

Boil potatoes, drain, and chill. Combine with onion, eggs, and celery. Add mayonnaise and vinegar until salad is desired consistency and has the perfect amount of tang. Season with salt and pepper.

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Here are seven other recipes to try as well:

New Potato Salad With Feta Cheese This version uses new potatoes (no peeling required!) and adds the tangy bite of feta cheese for a bit of a Mediterranean twist.

Potato Salad With Bacon and Barbecue Sauce This is hearty enough to be a meal in itself, but also accompanies most dishes well. Creamy and smoky, and perhaps a bit spicy, depending on what kind of barbecue sauce you use, it won't last long.

Simple, Mayo-Free This recipe keeps things simple and uses a dressing of mustard and olive oil with a bit of lemon juice. It's a nice light version with a lot of taste.

Potato Salad With Garlic Mayonnaise and Chives This is my favorite way to serve (and eat!) potato salad. It takes just a few ingredients, but the garlic and the chives make it simply perfect.

Warm Potato Salad Instead of chilled versions, this recipe from Paula Deen is served warm or at room temperature. With mustard, onions, peppers, and seasonings, it packs some punch.

Texas Mashed Potato Salad No peeling required here either as you start with frozen potato cubes. Courtesy of Sandra Lee, you don't have to tell anyone it's just semi-homemade.

Bacon Blue Cheese Potato Salad Even people who think they don't like potato salad, will be won over by this one.

What's your favorite way to make potato salad?


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Written by Julie Ryan Evans or CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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