Curried Potato Salad

Bad news — you’re mom didn’t invent potato salad, even if hers is the best.

Curried potato salad blends Eastern spices with a Western picnic staple. Find out how to make this spicy version of a traditional favorite and healthy ways to change up the dish.

What is Curried Potato Salad?

Curry lends an earthy taste to dishes and combining it with America’s most popular root vegetable results in a tangy side dish with bright, sweet notes. In this creamy curried potato salad recipe, you use yogurt to reduce the calorie impact of mayonnaise. Leaving the potato skins adds fiber and potassium to your diet. Green peas and red bell peppers add pops of color to this dark yellow dish.

Curried Potato Salad Recipe

There are relatively few ingredients in this recipe and it takes just 30 minutes to prepare.


  • 2½ lbs. yellow or red potatoes, diced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ¾ tsp salt, divided
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • ¾ cup frozen peas


  1. Boil 2 inches of water in a large saucepan with a steamer basket. Add potatoes and cover and cook them for 15 minutes. Salt finished potatoes to taste.
  2. Whisk the mayo, yogurt, mustard, onion, curry powder, pepper and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add the potatoes, peas, and bell pepper and coat the mixture evenly. Serve cold.


There are many variations of making potato salad. Just ask three or four relatives and you’re likely to get as many recipes. Here are a few options for healthier cooking and improved nutrition.

Potato Salad With Chickpeas

This twist on potato salad includes protein-pack chickpeas that add texture and variety. The golden raisins add sweet flavor, while fresh mint and tangy yogurt give this recipe a slightly Mediterranean vibe.

Roasted Curried Potato and Apple Salad

Roasted curried potato and apple salad adds antioxidants and fiber to your summer dinner table. Fragrant caraway seeds and curry lend a delightful aroma and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Potato Salad Without Mayo?

Potato salad without mayo probably breaks several laws in East Coast states with plenty of German descendants. While it’s a tangent from the traditional side dish served at barbecues, these recipes give you 12 great ideas to cut mayo — and the fat — from this creamy dish.

History of the Dish

Potato salad was probably first eaten in Germany and then spread throughout Europe. Recipes may have traveled with German and European immigrants to the New World as early as the 19th century. German potato salad, also called “Kartoffelsalat” varies from region to region and among individual chefs.

Curry is a colorful spice with a colorful history. It may have been used as early as 1700 BC in Mesopotamia. However, curry probably originated in India, and the English began using it as early as the 1300s. Curry is mentioned in the first English cooking book, written during the reign of Richard II.

Nearly every family has their own versions of potato salad, and this curried potato salad is a great way to introduce a new flavor to your family and friends. With the healthier options listed here, you can even go back for seconds.

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