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Roasting Potatoes for Potato Salad

In the oven

Can I Roast Potatoes for Potato Salad?

Roasting potatoes for potato salad isn’t normally recommended.  The crispy texture one gets from cooking the potatoes in an oven inhibits the absorption of the dressing.  Some potato salad recipes call for baking whole potatoes and using them in a potato salad, but these types of salad typically have roasted or baked in the name.  In any event you will want to boil, steam, or microwave when cooking potatoes to make a great potato salad.

Pros vs. Cons of Roasting Potatoes for Potato Salad

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Pros:

- Potatoes become caramelized, adding an additional note of flavor.

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Cons:

- Takes longer than other cooking methods.
- Dry cooking method, which results in crispy potatoes; crispy potatoes won’t absorb the salad dressing.