6 Ways To Make Your Leftover Potato Salad Feel Like New

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I’m sure you made too much potato salad for your Fourth of July party.

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You know who else did? Me! I always make more potato salad than I need, and it’s not just because I’m trying to feed an army.

I also genuinely enjoy eating potato salad and find that a little goes a long way.

It’s nice to have some leftover in the fridge for days when you don’t have time to cook breakfast or lunch—it’s filling, cheap, and easy on the taste buds (especially if you’re like me and think mayonnaise tastes better than anything).

Here are some ideas for how to use up that extra potato salad:

How to store leftover potato salad

Once you’ve packed up the leftover potato salad, store it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator.

The same goes for any other leftovers; don’t put them in the freezer right away.

The best way to prevent foodborne illness is to keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that you thoroughly wash any surface that comes into contact with raw meat, poultry, eggs, seafood or produce before handling ready-to-eat foods like potato salad.

The best way to prevent foodborne illness is to keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

6 ideas for leftover potato salad

Bake up some potato salad pierogi

You can also use your leftover potato salad to make pierogi, the Polish dumplings that are absolutely delicious and a great way to use up leftovers.

You’ll need:

  • Pierogi dough (you can make your own or buy it)
  • Potato salad (leftover)

You can use leftovers in any of the following ways:

  • Add some to each batch of pierogi dough as you roll it out and cut into circles.
  • Fill each circle with some mashed potato salad before folding over into half-moon shapes, sealing them closed by pressing along their edges with a fork, then boiling them until cooked through.
  • If you want to get really fancy about this endeavor, there are recipes for stuffed pierogis online that involve using cooked meat or vegetables in place of mashed potatoes as filling ingredients! You could even try substituting cheese curds in place of mashed potatoes; they’re usually made from cheddar cheese and would lend an interesting texture change when baked inside a savory snack like this one.

Top a fruit salad with potato salad

One of the greatest things about potato salad is that it’s so versatile.

It can be used in so many ways, whether you’re still hungry for more or just want to clean out your fridge.

One great way to use leftover potato salad is by turning it into a fruit salad topping! If you’ve ever been to a picnic where someone brought potato salad and fruit, chances are they were also kind enough to bring along some mayonnaise.

This mean that you’ll have all of the ingredients necessary for this recipe: fruit and mayo (or some other creamy dressing).

It’s pretty simple to make.

All you need to do is combine the fruit with some mayonnaise and add in some chopped up potato salad, then stir it all together until it looks nice and creamy! You can use any type of fruit you like, but apples are a popular choice as they go well with mayo.

Make Cubanos with potato salad as a side

If you have leftover potato salad, make Cubanos! They’re easy to make and perfect for lunch or dinner.

  • Use good quality bread: Try finding a bakery that sells baguettes.
  • You can use whatever kind of meat you like, but something with a little bit of spice would be nice—like salami or spicy ham.
  • Whatever cheese you choose should also have some flavor to it—goat cheese or cheddar work well here, as long as they aren’t too sharp (no parmesan).
  • Make sure to toast the outside of your Cuban: You want the outside crunchy but not burned.
  • If it’s not crunchy enough, use a panini press or put them in an oven at 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes before eating them (you don’t want them too hot).

Mash it up and make a creamy soup

Sometimes you have potato salad left over and don’t know what to do with it.

You could make a second batch, but that would be silly! Instead, use your blender to smash up the leftover potato salad with some heavy cream and chicken broth.

Then add some dill, chives, cayenne pepper, garlic powder (and salt and pepper).

Pour in a bowl for lunch tomorrow!

Use your blender to make homemade pesto.

Add pine nuts, garlic cloves, basil leaves and olive oil to the blender.

Blend until everything is combined and then pour into a bowl for dipping breadsticks!

Turn it into mock potato salad rellenos

If you have leftover potato salad and a pile of peppers, you can turn that into a fun and delicious meal.

Take two strips of bacon and wrap around each pepper like a belt.

Fill it with plenty of potato salad, then top with cheese.

Bake at 350F for 15 minutes until the outside is crispy and the inside is hot! Serve with a side of ranch dressing or sour cream for dipping.

If you want to get creative, try adding some diced onion or jalapenos to the mix.

You can also use different types of potato salad if you want!

–               Try adding some diced onion or jalapenos to the mix.

–               You can also use different types of potato salad if you want!

Put it on the side of a BLT

If you have any leftover potato salad left over, save it! You can use the potato salad as a sandwich filling by putting it on the side of a BLT.

A BLT is an acronym for “bacon, lettuce and tomato” sandwich—and this is also known as a bacon sandwich in the UK.

To make a BLT using your leftover potato salad:

  • Cook some bacon until crispy (you will need enough to cover two slices of bread)
  • Slice up some lettuce leaves from your garden or buy some at the store if you don’t have any growing at home (you will need enough to cover one slice of bread)
  • Slice up one tomato (you can cut each slice into quarters so that there is more surface area for seasoning)


Potato salad is a great dish to make for your next summer cookout or family dinner.

It’s easy to make, delicious, and can be served warm or cold.

But what do you do with leftover potato salad?

If you’re not going to eat it right away and have leftover potato salad, then you’ll need some ideas on how best to store it and eat it later.

Below are some tips on how best to store your leftover potato salad so that it tastes fresh when it’s time for dinner again!