Looking for a fun twist to a classic summer dish? Try this Grilled Potato Salad!
I put potato salad into the same category as chocolate chip cookies. Yes, they both count as acceptable side dishes for a summer picnic. But there are also hundreds if not thousands of recipes for both. And everyone has their favorite version. It might be a recipe that was passed down from Grandma. It might be a recipe that comes from the deli at your local grocery store. Whatever it might be, I’ve learned one thing…don’t mess with people’s recipes for chocolate chip cookies or potato salad!
Ok, so I’m breaking that cardinal rule and messing with the potato salad recipe. But trust me, it’s worth it. Like really, really, really worth it. No, I didn’t take a scoop of potato salad and drop it on the grill. Instead, I grilled the potatoes and then proceeded to incorporate them into a classic potato salad recipe. Holy guacamole, Batman! This Grilled Potato Salad was one delicious side dish!
I feel like potato salad is one of those recipes that varies quite a bit from region to region. Do you use a mustard base or a mayo base? Or perhaps even a vinegar base? Red potatoes, yellow potatoes or Russets? Skins on or skins off? Hard boiled eggs? Cheese? There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to potato salads.
For me, I typically prefer this Southern Red Potato Salad. I’m told the mustard is what makes this one Southern. It’s the style of potato salad I grew up eating, so it’s no surprise that it’s the style I prefer. But I came across this New England Potato Salad last year, and I gotta say that it gives the Southern style a run for it’s money. There’s no mustard in that one, and get this…it includes shredded cheddar cheese. Horseradish cheddar at that. I was skeptical at first, but now I’m a believer. It’s delicious!
Since summer picnics aren’t complete without at least 2-3 variations of potato salads, I decided to hit the kitchen and play around a bit. Since the grill pretty much stays lit all summer around here, I thought it might be fun to grill the potatoes for this Grilled Potato Salad. (I did parboil them a bit so the ‘taters wouldn’t dry out on the grill.) While this does require one extra step, it is well worth your time. Trust me. We had a few extra red potatoes leftover after I finished this recipe, so I just roasted them up in the oven and added them to the salad. You can taste the difference between the roasted ones and the grilled ones. Seriously.
What is the one key ingredient in your potato salad?