What To Do With Leftover Potato Salad

What To Do With Leftover Potato Salad

The dish you’ve been looking for is here: a complete guide on what to do with leftover potato salad.

It doesn’t matter if the mashed potatoes and eggs were already delicious, or even if they’re not your favorite breakfast food. Leftover potato salad can be turned into anything from an elegant brunch side dish to a hearty weeknight dinner with just a few simple tweaks. You’ll find recipes for everything – from cold salads to hot dishes that will satisfy any appetite after hours of cooking up Easter ham and turkey. And we’ve included some traditional favorites like deviled eggs and tuna sandwiches, too!

So go ahead, dig in…again!

Types of Potato Salad

There are so many different recipes for potato salad that it’s hard to know where to start. But we can narrow it down by dividing them into two categories: cold and hot.

Cold Potato Salad Recipes

This type of potato salad is usually made with mayo, mustard, and some other ingredients like onion, celery, or bacon. It’s best served chilled, making it a perfect side dish for picnics or potlucks.

Some popular cold potato salad recipes include:

Classic American Potato Salad

This recipe is based on the one served at the famous James Beard House in New York City. It’s made with boiled potatoes, diced celery and onion, hard-boiled eggs, and mayo. It’s tossed in a bowl with salt and pepper before serving.

German Potato Salad

This dressing is made with vinegar, oil, onion, bay leaf, cloves, sugar, salt and pepper. The onions are caramelized before being added to the dressing. Potatoes are boiled along with hard-boiled eggs that are then peeled for this dish. These ingredients are combined when hot or chilled when cold.

Hot Potato Salad Recipes

Compared to cold potato salad recipes are often more caloric because they are mixed in a sauce made from bacon fat or butter which adds flavor but also additional calories to the dish. Some popular hot potato salad recipes include:

Pommes Duchesse

This recipe is made with boiled potatoes and fresh chives or onions. Cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg are added to give the dish flavor which is then spooned into a baking dish and topped with panko before baking in the oven until golden brown.

Shrimp Remoulade

The main ingredient in Shrimp Remoulade is shrimp flavored with olives and capers that has been marinated in chili sauce and lemon juice. The other ingredients in this hot potato salad recipe include: celery, bell peppers, onion, flat leaf parsley and mayonnaise which you combine together before adding the cooked shrimp.

Island Potatoes

This recipe incorporates sweet potatoe along with regular white potatoes. The dish is cooked in bacon fat and then simmered in a sweet and sour sauce made with pineapple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce and white vinegar.

Ideas for dishes to make with leftover potato salad

Now that you know about the different types of potato salad, it’s time to put that leftover goodness to good use! Here are some ideas for dishes you can make:

Egg Salad Sandwich

Combine 2 cups of chopped cold or room temperature potato salad with 6 hard boiled eggs that have been peeled and chopped. Add 1/4 cup diced celery, 1/4 cup diced onion, 2 tablespoons diced celery, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Deviled Eggs

Cut 6 hard boiled eggs in half and remove the yolks. Add 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons diced onion, 2 teaspoons yellow mustard, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to the yolks and mix together well. Spoon the mixture back into the egg whites and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Combine 2 cups of chopped cold or room temperature potato salad with one can of tuna that has been drained. Add 1/4 cup diced onion, 1/4 cup diced celery, 2 tablespoons diced celery, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Salad Using Leftover Potato Salad

Add 1/2 cup of cold or room temperature potato salad to a bed of lettuce greens for a quick and easy salad. Top with your favorite dressing or vinaigrette.

Leftover Potato Salad Pizza

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll out dough on a lightly floured board and place on a greased pizza pan. Combine 2 cups of chopped cold or room temperature potato salad with 1/4 cup diced onion, 1/4 cup diced celery, 2 tablespoons diced celery, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the mixture over the dough and top with 1 cup of shredded cheese. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese has melted.

Leftover Potato Salad Fritters

Combine 2 cups of chopped cold or room temperature potato salad with 1/4 cup diced onion, 1/4 cup diced celery, 2 tablespoons diced celery, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well and shape into patties that are about an inch thick. Warm a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium heat before adding the fritters. Cook on each side for 3 – 5 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.

Now that you know all about the different types of potato salad, as well as some recipes for dishes you can make with it, there’s no excuse not to put that leftover goodness to good use! So get in the kitchen and start cooking up some of these tasty dishes. Your taste buds will thank you!

Leftover Potato Salad FAQ

How long does potato salad last in the fridge?

Yes. Potato salad, whether it is homemade or store-bought, dressed with oil and vinegar or mayonnaise-baased, can typically last for up to 5 days in the fridge if sealed and stored properly.

Can you reheat potato salad with mayo?

You CAN, but I don't know if you would want to. If you are planning to heat your potato salad in the microwave, use caution so as not to overheat it. Overheating your mayonnaise-based potato salad can cause curdling. If you want to keep your mayonnaise-based potato salad fresh for an extra day or two, put it in an airtight container (covered by plastic wrap) and place it into the fridge. It is now refrigerator pickled!

Can I freeze potato salad?

Yes, you can. Potato salad may be frozen, but it will lose its form when defrosted. While freezing your potato salad is easy, actually thawing it out properly is crucial since it might get mushy and watery. If your potato salad is oil or vinegar-based, the oil might become a little cloudy after being frozen.

Can you reheat potato salad?

You may reheat your potato salad in a microwave. But you need to be careful. Since potato salad is best consumed warm instead of piping hot, either go with a heat and check method a little bit at a time, or lower the power to 50%.

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