By Carl Hanson

Potato salads with a passport.

The potato. It's the tuber that took over the world. But its success story came with a hitch. As recently as the 18th century, the potato didn't seem destined for domination. Hungry European peasants were suspicious. To them, potatoes were fodder for pigs, unsuitable for humans.

There's a great story of a Prussian king who set out to change public opinion. He stationed guards around his potato garden to make it appear to his subjects that potatoes were so valuable they needed constant protection from non-existent thieves. When the guards were called off, peasants quickly stripped the garden bare of potatoes. And the potato was on its way.

But really, potatoes were just too delicious, nutritious, versatile, inexpensive, and easy to grow to be ignored forever. And wait a minute, what's this? They might even be keeping French people thin.

Now, check out our semi-comprehensive list of world potato salads:

1. Savory Spanish Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Red bell pepper, pimento-stuffed green olives, red wine vinegar

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2. French Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Tarragon vinegar, beef consomme

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3. Italian Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic

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4. Oktoberfest Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Cider vinegar, bacon, sugar

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5. Mediterranean Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Cucumber, feta cheese, lemon juice

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6. Argentinean Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredient: Pimiento-stuffed olives

Photo by Holiday Baker

7. Light and Easy Greek Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Oregano, rosemary, red wine vinegar, lemon juice

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8. Diane's Scotch-Irish Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Dill pickle relish, sweet pickle relish, smoked paprika

Photo by Rae

9. American Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Eggs, mayo, celery

10. Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Corn, peanuts, sweet potato

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11. Yucatan Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Poblano pepper, lime juice

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12. Authentic German Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredient: White vinegar, bacon, sugar

13. Asian Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredients: Soy sauce, sesame oil, bok choy, cilantro

Photo by Ryan Schroeder

14. South African Potato Salad

Distinguishing ingredient: Sweetened condensed milk

More: Check out our collection of Potato Salad Recipes.

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