From Asia To Iberia, How The World Does Potato Salad

The potato. It’s the tuber that took over the world.

But its success story came with a hitch. As recently as the 18th century, the potato didn’t seem destined for domination. Hungry European peasants were suspicious. To them, potatoes were fodder for pigs, unsuitable for humans.

There’s a great story of a Prussian king who set out to change public opinion. He stationed guards around his potato garden to make it appear to his subjects that potatoes were so valuable they needed constant protection from non-existent thieves. When the guards were called off, peasants quickly stripped the garden bare of potatoes. And the potato was on its way.

But really, potatoes were just too delicious, nutritious, versatile, inexpensive, and easy to grow to be ignored forever. And wait a minute, what’s this? They might even be keeping French people thin.

Now beware. In this semi-comprehensive list of world potato salads, there lurks one imposter potato. More on that below.

1) Savory Spanish Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Red bell pepper, pimento-stuffed green olives, red wine vinegar

Potato salads of the world - Savory Spanish Potato Salad

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2) French Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Tarragon vinegar, beef consomme

Potato salads of the world -French Potato Salad

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3) Italian Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic

Potato salads of the world Italian Potato Salad

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4) Oktoberfest Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Cider vinegar, bacon, sugar

Potato salads of the world Oktoberfest Potato Salad

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5) Mediterranean Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Cucumber, feta cheese, lemon juice

Potato salads of the world -Mediterranean Potato Salad

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6) Argentinean Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredient: Pimiento-stuffed olives

Potato salads of the world - Argentinean Potato Salad

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7) Light and Easy Greek Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Oregano, rosemary, red wine vinegar, lemon juice

Potato salads of the world - Light and Easy Greek Potato Salad

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8) Diane’s Scotch-Irish Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Dill pickle relish, sweet pickle relish, smoked paprika

Potato salads of the world -Diane's Scotch-Irish Potato Salad

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9) American Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Eggs, mayo, celery

Potato salads of the world -American Potato Salad

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10) Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Corn, peanuts, sweet potato (see below)

Potato salads of the world -Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

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IMPOSTER ALERT!
Guess what? The sweet potato is not a potato at all. It’s not a tuber. It’s a root. Here’s a great story from NPR on a genetic modification to the sweet potato that happened naturally, some 8,000 years ago.

11) Yucatan Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Poblano pepper, lime juice

Potato salads of the world - Yucatan Potato Salad

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12) Authentic German Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredient: White vinegar, bacon, sugar

Potato salads of the world -Authentic German Potato Salad

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13) Asian Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Soy sauce, sesame oil, bok choy, cilantro

14) South African Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredient: Sweetened condensed milk