TikTok’s Viral Potato Salad Recipe Is Anything but Mushy & Boring

March 1, 2024

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is a controversial food to talk about, because it seems like everyone grew up eating a different version. Even can’t seem to agree on what’s right. Challenge one variety, and its steadfast defenders are bound to come out of the woodwork. But let’s be adults about this and try to agree on one thing: when potato salad is bad, it’s really bad. We’re talking dry, mushy, flavorless, boring potato salad, the kind you’ve probably gotten from tubs at the deli or scooped onto your plate at a potluck. If you’d rather have a potato salad that’s bursting with flavor and loaded with texture to boot, then we’ve got the recipe for you: a crispy potato salad that’s going viral on , and for good reason.

This viral potato salad recipe, which is sort of a cross between traditional American potato salad and German potato salad, is all about texture. It requires a few extra steps, but the end result is so worth it. First, you’ll boil your potatoes. When they’re tender, add them to a parchment lined sheet pan, smash them with the bottom of a heavy glass, then drizzle them liberally with olive oil, salt, and pepper, the roast until crispy.

Then comes the creamy dressing. It’s rich but not heavy, thanks to a base of Greek yogurt and light mayo. It gets flavor boosted with lemon juice (acid is something sorely lacking from most American potato salads), salt and pepper, chili powder, garlic, dill, chives, and celery leaves. You could also add a squirt of whole grain mustard and some chopped parsley to liven things up even more.

Next up? Some more crunch. Chopped cucumber and celery add a fresh snap to each bite of the potato salad, while crispy bacon adds umami and and a smoky flavor. Some people add chopped pickles, too. Vegetarian? Swap the bacon for crispy coconut bacon or crispy roasted chickpeas that have been seasoned with smoked paprika.

The crispy potatoes get roughly chopped, then tossed with the dressing. The end result is a potato salad that’s loaded with flavor and texture, a mixture so good, it might just steal the spotlight from whatever you serve it with. And one thing’s for sure — after you share this with your friends and loved ones, you’re going to be the go-to potato salad person for all of your group’s parties and potlucks.

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