16 easy ways to make your potato salad even better using things you already have in your kitchen

Potato salad
Adding dill, vinegar, and whole-grain mustard can elevate a simple potato salad. ziashusha/Shutterstock

Roast or grill your potatoes instead of boiling them.
Roasted potatoes on a baking sheet
Roasted potatoes. aperturesound/Shutterstock
One easy way to elevate your potato salad is to roast the potatoes instead of boiling them. This will make your potatoes crispy and add an interesting texture to the dish.

Plus, by roasting your potatoes with seasonings like garlic salt, cayenne pepper, or onion powder, you’re locking in extra flavor.

Or, take a leaf out of some celebrity chefs’ books, and grill your potatoes first: Guy Fieri and Aarón Sánchez swear by this method.

You can also use sweet potatoes for a different taste.
Chopped sweet potato and wooden spoon
Sweet potatoes. Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock
You can use sweet potatoes instead of red or golden potatoes. This will make your potato salad taste slightly sweeter, and mixes well with additions like a little brown sugar.

You can also go the spicier or more savory route, depending on which seasonings you choose.

Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian grills sweet potatoes for his recipe.

A splash of vinegar adds much-needed tang to potato salad.
Red wine vinegar in a small glass bowl
Red wine vinegar. DPRM/Shutterstock
Vinegar is a common addition in potato salads, but many forget to include it. You can use any kind of vinegar you want, depending on the flavor profile of the dish — apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, red wine vinegar, or even some balsamic vinegar.

Martha Stewart uses white wine vinegar in her six-ingredient recipe, while Alton Brown and Bobby Flay prefer apple cider vinegar.

Be sure not to use too much, however. Potato salads only call for a splash of vinegar to achieve the desired level of tang.

Sour cream elevates a traditional mayonnaise-based salad.
Organic valley low fat sour cream
Low fat sour cream. Organic Valley
When making potato salad, a base of two-parts mayonnaise, one-part sour cream ensures the dish will have the right balance of sour tang and creaminess.
Thousand Island dressing adds a creamy, tangy flavor.
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Thousand Island dressing. Fanfo/Shutterstock
Instead of sour cream, you can also add a dollop or two of Thousand Island dressing to give tons of zesty flavor to your potato salad.
Blue cheese is another great addition.
Triangles of blue cheese on a wood board
Blue cheese. Steve Lovegrove/Shutterstock
Blue cheese crumbles can seriously elevate the flavor profile of your potato salad while adding extra creaminess, like in this bacon, blue cheese potato salad.
Bacon goes well in everything, and especially potato salad.
Bacon lettuce and tomato on wooden board
Bacon. Rachel Askinasi/Insider
To add a salty, slightly fatty — but delicious — taste to potato salad, fry up some bacon and chop it up along with any other vegetables you want to add.
Avocado adds extra creaminess to potato salad.
Half avocado and slices of avocado
Avocado. MSPhotographic/Shutterstock
Avocado will add extra creaminess and flavor to your potato salad. Plus, if you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, it can even serve as a substitute, like in this recipe from Damn Delicious.
Pickles make a crunchy, sour addition.
Pickle slices in a large plastic tub
Pickles. iStock
Finely chopped up pickles add a sour, crunchy taste to classic potato salads, and mix well with dill and other vegetables.
Green and red onion are classic additions, but they are important to making potato salad the best it can be.
Pickled red onion in a white bowl
Pickled red onion. DPRM/Shutterstock
Red and green onion add much-needed flavor and crunch to potato salad — they’re typical ingredients for a reason.
Some celebrity chefs add garlic to their potato salads.
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“Iron Chef” host Alton Brown adds garlic to his potato salad, in addition to other interesting ingredients like sliced cornichons.
Dill is another more classic addition that’s a must-have in many potato salad recipes.
Bunch of dill on wooden board
Dill. jarrad/Shutterstock
Dill adds a herbaceous, fragrant, and fresh flavor to potato salad, and mixes well with other ingredients.
Potato chips add a crunchy texture.
Barbecue potato chips
Potato chips. Shutterstock
If you’re looking to up the ante of your potato salad, consider sprinkling some potato chips or potato chip crumbs onto your potatoes. This will add some delicious crunch and, depending on the flavor of chip you choose, tons of flavor as well.

Barbecue, sour cream and onion, and even sea salt and vinegar chips can greatly enhance this classic dish and add a surprising texture.

Sriracha adds extra spice to potato salad.
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Sriracha. Erin McDowell/Insider
A drizzle of Sriracha hot sauce adds a kick to potato salad, and mixes well with mayonnaise to create a spicy sauce.
Chipotle in adobo also brings up the heat.
Chipotles in adobo in bowl
Chipotle in adobo. Brian Yarvin/Shutterstock
Chipotle in adobo sauce is a great addition for a spicy potato salad.

To add, simply blend one or two peppers and a spoonful of sauce, to taste, with your mayonnaise, sour cream, and vinegar in a food processor.

Whole-grain mustard is another great addition.
Whole grain mustard jar with small spoon
Whole-grain mustard. Andras Kiraly/Shutterstock
Mustard is a common addition to potato salad, but cooks often use Dijon or even honey mustard. However, the grainy texture of whole-grain mustard will greatly enhance the overall taste and each seed will be bursting with flavor.

Ina Garten’s recipe for an old-fashioned potato salad uses both Dijon and whole-grain mustard.