Creamy and Spicy Cajun Potato Salad Recipe

This Cajun Potato salad recipe is bursting with bold and tangy flavors. It blends the timeless ingredients of a classic potato salad with a fiery cajun kick. It’s the perfect side dish for summer BBQs or any occasion.

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The creamy blend of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt creates a velvety base, but it’s the addition of cajun spice that takes this potato salad to a whole new level.

This potato salad is ideal for a backyard barbecue or if you’re in the mood for a spicy version of the classic dish.

🤍Why you will love this recipe

  • This potato salad is a unique twist on classic potato salad that’s filled with flavor and spice even though it’s made with simple ingredients.
  • It’s creamy and refreshing! The combination of mayonnaise and tangy Greek yogurt balance out the heat of the Cajun spice.
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Here is what you will need

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🛒Ingredients

  • Potatoes
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Dill pickles
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cajun seasoning

🥄Equipment

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Large bowl
  • Small bowl

How to make this Cajun potato salad recipe

Prepare the ingredients: cut the potatoes into uniformly size chunks, chop the celery, onions, dill pickles and eggs.

Measure and combine the mayonnaise and yogurt in a small bowl.

a picture of potatoes cooking in a pan

STEP 1: Place the chopped potatoes into a saucepan and fill the pan with cold water until the water is about an inch over the potatoes. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the potatoes are fork tender – about 10 to 12 minutes.

STEP 2: Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and run cold water over them to stop them from cooking.

STEP 3: Once they are cool enough to handle, cut the cooled potatoes into chunks that are about 3/4 to 1 inch in size.

STEP 4: Place potatoes into a large mixing bowl with the chopped celery, onions, eggs and pickles into a bowl.

potato salad ingredients in a bowl not mixed
cajun potato salad mixed up

STEP 5: Add the cajun spice and the mayonnaise/yogurt mixture and stir to combine.

Ingredient notes and substitutions

Potatoes -When making potato salad, it’s best to use a waxy potato which isn’t as likely to fall apart. Small or large red potatoes, baby potatoes, new potatoes, and fingerling potatoes are all great options. Yukon gold potatoes can be more delicate but still work well for potato salad.

I don’t recommend russet, which are tender potatoes once they are cooked unless you prefer a softer textured potato salad.

Onion – Any onion can be used in this recipe, but I prefer red onions or sweet Vidalia onions.

Dill pickles –Adding pickles to potato salad provides a subtle tangy flavor. You can substitute the pickles with dill pickle relish, sweet pickle relish, or chopped sweet pickles.

Cajun seasoning – Any brand of cajun seasoning will work, I like to use Frontier Cajun seasoning or I make my own with this cajun spice blend recipe.

Feel free to adjust the amount of this spice blend to your preference. If you like a hot potato salad, add more, and if you prefer less spice, add less.

Greek yogurt – Yogurt adds an extra punch of protein and a creamy texture to the potato salad and can be swapped with sour cream or mayonnaise.

Serving suggestions

Creamy cajun potato salad is a great addition to any meal. We love it with garnished with parsley and green onions served with burgers, pulled pork or grilled chicken.

It’s also a great addition to a potluck or buffet table with macaroni salad, Italian hoagie salad or a crunchy romaine salad.

How to store leftovers

Store leftover potato salad in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days.

You may need to add some mayonnaise or Greek yogurt before serving it leftover.

How to make this easy creamy potato salad ahead of time

Potato salad is a dish that is best enjoyed after it has been allowed to sit for at least an hour before serving. It can also be made a day in advance, making it a convenient option for gatherings or events.

In addition, the pickles, celery and onions can be diced and the eggs can be cooked few days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until it’s time to make the salad.

If you plan on storing it for an hour or more before serving, use only half of the dressing and stir in the rest just before serving.

overhead view of cajun potato salad

Recipe variations

This potato salad is packed with flavor as it is, but you can get creative and adapt the recipe with a few of these suggestions.

Bacon – Cook a few strips of bacon, crumble it, and stir it into the potato salad for a smoky flavor.

Shrimp – Add a seafood twist with the addition of cooked and cooled shrimp to the potato salad.

Sweet Potato Salad- Swap white potatoes with sweet potatoes. Cube and roast the potatoes until tender, cool them off and make the salad.

Mustard – Give your potato salad an extra kick with a little mustard. Try adding a few teaspoons to taste of creole mustard, yellow mustard, spicy mustard or Dijon mustard.

Add more vegetables – Add diced green bell pepper, red bell pepper, carrots or radishes.

💡Tips!

  • To ensure the potatoes are not overcooked, it is recommended to test their doneness using a fork.
  • Chilling the potatoes before mixing them into the salad is recommended for best results. This will help the potatoes maintain their shape and texture when combined with the other ingredients.
Can I make cajun potato salad vegan?

Yes, you can make this potato salad vegan. Look for vegan mayonnaise and yogurt substitutes in place of regular mayonnaise and Greek yogurt.

Is it necessary to peel potatoes for potato salad?

When making potato salad, it is not necessary to peel the potatoes. In fact, the potato skin is the most nutritious part of the potato, so it is recommended to leave it on. However, if you prefer to remove the skin, that is also an option.

Can I make Cajun potato salad without mayonnaise?

Absolutely! If you don’t like mayonnaise, you can substitute it with Greek yogurt.

Can I make Cajun potato salad without Cajun seasoning?

Yes! If you don’t have access to cajun spice and would like to experiment with flavors, try adding a little cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the potato salad for a spicy flavor and a little bit of dried herbs such as thyme, oregano or garlic powder to taste.

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Cajun Potato Salad

A creamy, spicy and delicious potato salad that is perfect for any occasion!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 313 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds Potatoes red, new or yukon gold
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Onion diced (about 1/2 medium sized)
  • 2 ribs Celery chopped
  • 2 Eggs hard boiled
  • 1/4 cup Dill pickles chopped

Instructions
 

  • Rinse and rough chop 2 pounds Potatoes. Place them in a saucepan and fill the pan with cold water until the water is about an inch over the potatoes.
  • Cover and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat and cook untl the potatoes are fork tender – about 10 to 12 minutes
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and run cold water over them to stop them from cooking.
  • When they are cool enough to handle, cut the potatoes into chunks that are about 3/4 to 1 inch in size.
  • Place the potatoes into a large mixing bowl with the 2 ribs Celery (chopped), 1/2 cup Onion, 2 Eggs (chopped), and 1/4 cup Dill pickles (chopped).
  • Mix 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning 1/2 cup Mayonnaise, & 1/2 cup Greek yogurt together in a small bowl.
  • Pour the mayonnaise/yogurt mixture over the salad ingredients and gently stir to combine.

Notes

For the best tasting potato salad, make the salad at least 30 minutes before serving.
Store leftover potato salad in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Before using, give it a stir. If it’s dry, add a little bit of yogurt or mayo.

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 8.4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.7gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 766mgPotassium: 944.5mg
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