Taylor’s Table – Episode 37 – Southern Potato Salad


Potato salad is a dish made from boiled potatoes and a variety of other ingredients. It is generally considered a side dish, as it usually accompanies the main course.

Potato salad is widely believed to have originated in Germany, spreading largely throughout Europe, European colonies and later Asia.[1][2]

It was first introduced to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers in the 16th century. These early potato salads were made by boiling potatoes in wine or a mixture of vinegar and spices. The more American version of potato salad is rooted in German cuisine and came here with European settlers.

American potato salad most likely originated from recipes brought to the U.S. by way of German and European immigrants during the nineteenth century.[2][1] American-style potato salad is served cold or at room temperature. Ingredients often include mayonnaise or a mayonnaise-like substitute (such as yogurt or sour cream), herbs, and vegetables (such as onion and celery).

[3] Asian-style potato salad is similar to American-style potato salad, but has a sweeter and eggier flavor.

Bottled commercial mayonnaise became available in the early 1900s. Although it wasn’t until the 1920s and 1930s, with the introduction of iconic American mayo brands such as Hellman’s, Best Foods and Miracle Whip, that mayo-based salads became popular.


** this episode was not recorded due to an issue we had with our computers this day. I apologize for the issue. **