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Difference Between Amish & Regular Potato Salad

What is Amish potato salad, anyway? Find out, plus get an easy recipe from our Test Kitchen.

By: Kaylee Pope, Editor,
Difference Between Amish and Regular Potato Salad
Difference Between Amish and Regular Potato Salad

There's nothing more American than a bowl or tub of potato salad at a potluck. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find any food gathering in the summer that is missing this potato and mayonnaise-based favorite. It's no wonder that we've come up with several variations on classic potato salad recipes. In fact, one of those variations might be more popular than the original. It's hard to resist a homemade Amish potato salad recipe.

So, what's the difference between Amish potato salad and regular potato salad?
Amish potato salad is different from more traditional recipes because it is a little bit sweeter. Unlike other potato salad recipes, Amish potato salads include vinegar, yellow mustard, and sugar in their mayonnaise-based dressing. The combo of sweet sugar and tangy vinegar and mustard combine for a unique taste people love. 

Did you know Amish Potato salad might not actually be "Amish"?
While this recipe is likely based on traditional Amish recipes for potato salad, this type of potato salad was actually popularized by Walmart! Many of the recipes you find online for Amish versions of potato salad are a copycat of this store-bought dish. Several other big box stores sell their own variation of this side dish, as well. It has grown in popularity over the years. It's easy to see (or taste) why. The unique flavor adds something extra to the sometimes bland potluck and picnic staple.

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While potato salad might seem boring, there's actually a ton of potato salad variations to choose from. If you're looking for a unique way to make potato salad, check out these options!

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