What Potatoes Are the Best for Making Potato Salad?


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Waxy potatoes that are low in starch are best for making potato salad. These types of potatoes include the red-skinned potato, yellow potato, fingerling potato, white potato and purple/blue potato.

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Waxy potatoes are low in starch and retain their shape throughout the cooking process. Red-skinned potatoes, yellow potatoes and fingerling potatoes have a medium-sugar content. White potatoes and purple/blue potatoes have a low-sugar content. Red-skinned, yellow and white potatoes have a creamy, moist texture and are subtly sweet. Purple/blue potatoes have a moist texture and a nutty flavor profile. The starch content is higher in the Peruvian variety of purple/blue potato.

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