Curried Potato Salad

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe.

(I’m not sure what my problem was, since this potato salad is really damn delicious.)

It’s just that potato salad is a funny thing. It’s not a particularly sexy dish, it’s a bit kitschy and old fashioned, and it certainly doesn’t look good in photographs. But good grief, it sure tastes great. But it doesn’t matter how Stepford-wife I feel when I show up to a BBQ with a bowl full of potato salad, it always gets eaten. Every last bite.

My girlfriends all implored me to post this recipe on the blog, despite the fact that it photographs like an ugly, yellow bowl of mush. (It doesn’t taste like an ugly bowl of mush, I promise.) I’ve always loved the combination of curry and potatoes, and it works just as well in this context. This potato salad somehow still tastes like the one you remember from your childhood, but with more adult flavors: curry, cilantro, and cumin.

Since Memorial Day is right around the corner, it does seem like an appropriate time to post a recipe for the ultimate BBQ side dish. Funny enough, I’m actually making this potato salad for my family’s Memorial Day BBQ, which means I’ll make this recipe 3 times in one week. Thankfully, I happen to really like this salad. And I kind of can’t wait to eat it again.

If you’re looking for something to eat alongside a giant bowl of potato salad on Memorial Day, check out my “What to Eat: Grill Edition” over at Plate & Pitchfork’s blog. I posted a little bit of everything – grilled kebabs, pizzas, veggies, meats, and more!

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone!


6-10 small Yukon Gold potatoes (or other small waxy potato), cut into 1″ or 2″ cubes (skins left on)
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
1.5 Tablespoons mayo (I used Kewpie mayo)
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt & pepper to taste
2-3 stalks celery, diced
1 small shallot, finely diced
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Bring a medium-large pot of water to a boil. Carefully add the cubed potatoes to the water and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft and cooked all the way through. (I test them with a fork or knife tip after 15 minutes).

Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the hot water using a colander or strainer. Rinse the potatoes with cold water and set aside to continue cooling. (Optional: I like to sprinkle a bit of red wine vinegar over the potatoes at this time, as it absorbs into the potatoes and gives them an extra tang.)

In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, mayo, red wine vinegar, curry powder, coriander, cumin, and salt and pepper. Taste, and adjust seasonings to your liking. Set aside.

Once the potatoes have cooled to room temperature, gently toss them with the diced shallots and celery. Gently stir in the yogurt mixture, to coat. Once the potatoes are coated in the yogurt mixture, gently stir in the chopped cilantro. Chill in the refrigerator for at least a half an hour before serving. Just prior to serving, garnish with more fresh cilantro and a dash of curry powder.

15 Responses

  1. I understand! Potato salad is satisfying, delicious, and ugly. Actually, you have done a pretty good job of making it look attractive in a homey way! :)

  2. Baker Street says:

    You’ve presented this so well. I like the idea of a curried potato salad! :)

  3. You’ve done fine by the potato salad and I really like your combo of spices. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  4. Foodlvrradiorlg says:

    Looks good to me. I adore a good potto salad and potatoes and curry favors go together. Thanks for such a different potato salad.

  5. Christine says:

    I love potato salad. This looks good.

  6. What’s the matter? Those pictures are fine.

    Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

    • lindsay says:

      Thanks, DB! I suppose I am my own worst critic. I’m happy with how these photos turned out. It just took awhile to get good ones. :)

  7. RecipeNewZ says:

    I found this post though Foodbuzz. The photo was so beautiful that I just had to come here to read the recipe! Love it! And love your site :-).

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  8. Potato salad may be old fashioned and not so pretty to look at but it is a classic that everyone enjoys. I am so glad you decided to post this recipe because it sounds utterly delicious and so perfect for the season!

  9. Hi Lindsay. I’m a bit under the weather and behind! I realized after reading your comment on my potato salad I did not get this in my email subscription. It looks great. I love curry in potato salad and egg salad. I’ll definitely try this soon!

  10. That sounds absolutely delicious, Lindsay. Would love some now!

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  12. Your potato salad looks really good – I’ve got to try it. I’ve posted a link to your recipe under my own curried potato and pear salad recipe. Do take a look when you have a chance.
    Best wishes, Cheeku Bhasin

  13. Chris says:

    Really delicious actually said it all. If you wanted to emphasise it, you could have used the word “very” but you didn’t really have to use the word damn, but I take it you don’t know what it means. Damn is not a nice word.
    (in Christian belief) (of God) condemn (a person) to suffer eternal punishment in hell: “be forever damned with Lucifer”.
    Expressing anger, surprise, or frustration.
    Used for emphasis, esp. to express anger or frustration: “turn that damn thing off!”; “don’t be so damn silly!”.
    verb. curse – condemn – execrate – imprecate – denounce – darn
    adjective. damned – cursed – accursed – blasted – accurst

    Your potato salad looks delicious too. I think I’ll try it with my own home made mayo.

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