Potato salad is a summertime cookout side dish staple. Although the number of recipes you’ll find for different dressings and add-ins are nearly endless, don’t forget about the most important part of a potato salad – the potatoes! With so many varieties available at the store, we started to wonder which type of potato is best for potato salad.
Yukon Gold, small red, and fingerling potatoes are especially good for potato salad because their high moisture content gives them a better texture even when cool. Also, they are waxier than starchy Russet potatoes which means they won’t fall apart even after heavy mixing.
Save the Russets for baked and mashed potatoes and pick a waxy potato for your potato salad. Don’t forget that you need to start them in cold water and, we prefer to leave the skin on for better texture, flavor, and more nutrients.