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Spicy kimchi and creamy potato salad come together to create a refreshing, fusion dish with a hit of tang. Surprise your guests with the flavors of Korean food in this 20-minute side dish.

Kimchi potato salad in white bowl, chives on the side.

Kimchi Potato Salad Ingredients

Kimchi potato salad ingredients prepped on concrete-look background.

Where Did Potato Salad Originate?

Kimchi potato salad in white bowl.

Potato salad is believed to have its origins in Germany, but the history of potato salad dates all the way back to the 16th century. After Spaniards learned that native South Americans cultivated potatoes, they brought potatoes back to Europe. Some of the earliest potato salad recipes were hot and hearty instead of cool and creamy.

During the 18th century, the French invented mayonnaise, which then spread to England and Germany. Apparently, German immigrant Richard Hellman introduced his wife’s perfected mayonnaise recipe with dishes like potato salad in NYC in the early 1900s. This could be what led to the popular, cold potato salad recipes that Americans prepare today.

How Much Potato Salad Per Person?

Kimchi potato salad in white bowl, kimchi mayo and chives on the side.

The general serving size for potato salad is at least 1 cup per person as a side dish. The serving size may vary depending on how many side dishes are available.

If you are feeding a large crowd buffet-style, you may want to consider making 1.5 to 2 times the serving size (1 ½ to 2 cups per person) to make sure you have enough to go around. Some guests will go back for seconds, so making a little extra is a good idea. Besides, who doesn’t like potato salad leftovers?

How Long is Potato Salad Good For?

Kimchi potato salad in white bowl, kimchi mayo in the background.

Potato salad can be left out at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours maximum (make sure it is chilled well first). You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge–just make sure they are eaten within three to five days. Theoretically, you can freeze potato salad for up to 3 months, but freezing tends to ruin the texture.

What Goes with Kimchi Potato Salad?

Kimchi potato salad in white bowl.

Since this potato salad with kimchi is cold and creamy, balance it out with hot and hearty entrées like brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs or pork chops. Serve it with our super delicious, grilled kimchi chicken.

Hot vegetable side dishes like corn on the cob contrast with the light, slightly sweet flavor of potato salad. If you’re cutting back on red meat, serve kimchi potato salad with seafood like salmon, shrimp or cod.

Did you enjoy this version of potato salad? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Kimchi potato salad in white bowl, chives on the side.

Kimchi Potato Salad

Joss Dyckson
Spicy kimchi and creamy potato salad come together to create a tasty, fusion side dish.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine German, Korean
Servings 5
Calories 416 kcal


  • 5 cups yellow potatoes (Yukon Gold) - peeled and cubed
  • ¾ cup kimchi mayo
  • ¼ cup red onion - diced
  • ¼ cup turnip - peeled and grated
  • 1 cup kimchi - chopped
  • Salt - to taste
  • Fresh chives - diced (to garnish)


  • Add the potatoes to a large pot, cover them with water and season with some salt.
    5 cups yellow potatoes (Yukon Gold)
    Raw, cubed potatoes in a pot.
  • Bring water to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are just fork-tender, about 8 to 12 minutes.
    Cooked, cubed potatoes in a pot.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander, rinse with cold water and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, gently combine the potatoes with the kimchi mayo.
    ¾ cup kimchi mayo
    Kimchi mayo and potatoes in small casserole dish.
  • Add the red onion, turnip and chopped kimchi.
    ¼ cup red onion, ¼ cup turnip, 1 cup kimchi
    Kimchi potato salad ingredients in small casserole dish.
  • Stir until well combined. Season with salt, to taste.
    Kimchi potato salad mixed in casserole dish.
  • Serve right away or chill in the refrigerator for a few hours for best results. Garnish with fresh chives when ready to serve.
    Kimchi potato salad in white bowl, kimchi mayo and chives on the side.


  • Potato salad can be refrigerated for up to 3 to 5 days.


Calories: 416kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 5gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 232mgPotassium: 1027mgFiber: 5gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 27IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.

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