There are mostly two camps when it comes to the potato salad dressing: mayo-based and vinegar-based. Which camp you belong in may depend on where you live, or what you grew up with, but one thing is for certain: both options (and their variations) are delicious!
Mayo-Based Potato Salad Dressing
Considered by many to be the “all-American” way to make potato salad, mayo-based potato salad is served cold and made with mostly—you guessed it—mayonnaise. Other ingredients typical of a mayo-based dressing include a bit of yellow mustard, seasonings like salt and pepper, onion, celery and sometimes even chunks of hard-boiled eggs.
Vinegar-Based Potato Salad Dressing
Potato salad is thought to have been brought to America through German immigrants; it has evolved considerably since. You may have heard of “German potato salad,” which is quite different from its mayo cousin, though still a popular way of preparing the dish in both Germany and the United States. German potato salad is often served warm and served with a vinegar-based dressing accompanied by various herbs, bacon and sometimes mustard.
Greek Yogurt-Based Potato Salad Dressing
Looking for a lighter version of potato salad? You can make a Greek yogurt-based potato salad dressing which is similar to the mayo-based version. You can still get the creamy texture you’ve come to love about your mayo potato salad, minus all of the fat and added calories.