By Carl Hanson
Pictured: Kristen's Bacon Ranch Potato Salad | Photo by Occasional Cooker

No more boring potato salads.

Pile your plates high with these trendy potato salads -- they're the new stars of this summer's picnics and dinner tables. Each recipe adds a secret weapon to traditional potato salads.

Here they are, seven stand-out salads and their secret weapons!

1. Secret Weapon: Creamy Ranch Dressing

Kristen's Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Creamy ranch dressing isn't just for green salads. Here it combines with sour cream and shredded Cheddar...and bacon. "Add a little taco seasoning to spice it up -- or you can add other veggies for texture," says KristenB, the recipe submitter.

2. Secret Weapon: The Grill

Grilled Potato Salad

This recipes makes quick work of potato salad prep. You'll cook the taters whole on the grill. Then simply quarter them. It's a German-style potato salad with an apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing. Zero mayo. "Absolutely perfect for summertime grilling," says bd.weld.

Photo by bd.weld

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3. Secret Weapon: The Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker German Potato Salad

Sliced potatoes and aromatic veggies cook low and slow with vinegar and oil. Garnish with crumbled bacon and chopped fresh parsley.

Photo by lutzflcat

4. Secret Weapon: Creamy Caesar Dressing

Caesar Potato Salad

This simple salad swaps creamy Caesar salad dressing for the mayo. Enjoy it warm or cold. Sadly, Caesar himself never sampled potato salad, much less Caesar salad. But this creamy potato salad makes up for it, deliciously, like the culinary equivalent of a triumphal arch.

Photo by Christina

Related: Trendy Takes on Caesar Salad Totally Conquer Summer

5. Secret Weapon: Greek Yogurt

Almost Fat-Free Green Onion Potato Salad

This potato salad does away with the mayo and replaces it with plain Greek yogurt seasoned with mustard, cayenne, and minced garlic. It's a sensational nearly no-fat alternative to regular potato salad.

6. Secret Weapon: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato-White Potato Salad

White potatoes pair up with sweet potatoes and go bathing in a tangy dressing with vinegar, mayo, sour cream, and fresh lemon juice. This potato salad gets a kick in the pants from curry powder and fresh cilantro.

Photo by Tina Shan

7. Secret Weapon: Steak and Greens

Warm Steak and Potato Salad

What happens when potato salad strives for main dish status? Total deliciousness. Grilled or broiled lean sirloin steak tops a simple salad of boiled potatoes and greens drizzled with a simple red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and tarragon dressing. "Comfort food without the guilt," says frank11, the recipe submitter.

Related: Check out our collection of Potato Salad Recipes.