The best Caribbean potato salad

13.10.22 | Recipe by Renz

An easy side dish of potato tossed in a creamy mayonnaise mixture with vegetables and many flavors. This Caribbean potato salad is the side dish you need to add to your list for the holiday season.

Two cream bowls full of Caribbean potato salad, garnished with parsley.
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The holidays are fast approaching and I know people are already preparing their menus.

You need to have this perfect Caribbean potato salad recipe added to your list. It's chuck full of flavor from the well-seasoned dressing of mayo, mustard and herbs, and spices.

It also does not require that much effort. So also perfect for those lazy preparers.

It's a classic potato salad recipe and just what your potluck needs. This potato salad and the cassava salad would make you the side dish Queen (or King).


Ingredients needed 

This is a base for this salad. I mean there are so many other options that you can make and adjust to your liking. But it is still a pretty loaded one.

Ingredients needed to make Caribbean potato salad.

Here are some suggestions for a few of the ingredients. The full ingredients list is in the recipe card.

  • Irish potatoes - these can be russet or Idaho potatoes.
  • Peas and carrots - You can use frozen or canned or even fresh peas. I would use sweet peas but you can also try snap peas.
  • Sweet corn - Canned for this would be the best option.
  • Red onions - I like these to add some color too. Sweet onions are also a good choice.
  • Yellow mustard - you can use plain yellow mustard or try honey mustard for a nice tang.
  • Paprika - try using smoked paprika.
  • Sugar - any type of sugar can be used here. Granulated sugar crystals would be easier to mix into smoothly because the grains are smaller.


Medium bowl.

How to make potato salad Caribbean style

This recipe is easy and you really don't need to be a cook to make this. And it's quick.

It's always good to chop up whatever is needed prior to starting to cook so that it makes things much easier and faster.

Here is a step-by-step guide for making this salad.

Prep ingredients and prepare potatoes

Wash and scrub your potatoes under cold water, removing any debris that might be stuck there.

To cook the potatoes, use a medium-sized pot and add some cold water (enough to cover the potatoes) to boil. Make sure to add salt to the water.

Add the potatoes to the boiling water and let them boil till tender. You want to be able to pierce the skin easily with a fork.

Boiled potatoes with the skin on and then peeled.

Once the potatoes are ready, strain off the salted water and let them cool a little. Then peel and cube them into chunks and set aside.

Chop up all the other ingredients (this can be done while the potatoes are boiling) and if using frozen peas and carrots throw the water from the potato over them to get them warmed up.

Make mayonnaise mixture

This is where we create the flavor for this dish.

Combine all the ingredients for the creamy dressing: mayonnaise, dill, mustard, paprika, garlic, celery, sugar, and vinegar.

Mayonnaise mixture being mixed for the potato salad.

You can adjust to taste here for seasonings like salt and black pepper and even hot pepper sauce if you wish. Add more sugar if you really like a sweet salad.

If you like A LOT of mayo coating your potatoes then see if you might want to add more to the mixture.

Combine salad

Now take your cubed potatoes, and add the sauce to the potatoes.

A bowl of cubed potatoes with mayonnaise mixture.

Add the remaining ingredients: sweet corn, green onion, peas and carrots, bell pepper and red onions, and half the parsley.

All the ingredients for making potato salad in a large bowl.

Combine well. Again check if you have enough mayo to your liking. Add some more if needed. You might need to add some more mustard and seasonings too.

Once you have the dish where you want it, then add the remaining parsley to the top.

A bowl of mixed up potato salad.

Can this be made ahead?

If you need to make this for a party ahead of time you sure can. Prepare the salad as instructed, but do not add the parsley if you combine the mayonnaise mixture immediately.

You can also combine everything excluding the mayo mixture. Then add the mix when you are ready to serve.

Everything can be made a day ahead but must be stored in the fridge.

I am not a huge fan of cold potato salad, so I would take my serving out of the fridge a little time before I eat it so that it can warm up a little.

An over head shot of a bowl of the Jamaican potato salad with mixed vegetables.

How to store potato salad

It is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

This salad is full of mayonnaise that starts to spoil when left out for more than two hours. Plus eggs if you used any. It is best to get it into the fridge as quickly as possible.

In an airtight container, this can be stored for up to 3 days.

You can also freeze potato salad. I don't do it personally but you can follow these best practices for freezing.

What to serve this with

This is a Sunday lunch favorite. This would be a part of the spread with some BBQ chicken or even some stewed lamb.

Add in some rice of some sort like calypso rice or saffron rice. And a little bit of callaloo.

And of course, you need some drinks with that. So wash it down with some lime juice or mauby.

A finished bowl of potato salad garnished with parsley.

Additions | Substitutions

The good thing about this base recipe, you can always adjust things to your own liking and to what you have on hand. Here are some alternatives and suggestions for add-ins.

  • Beets - you can boil two small beets and chop them up and mix them in. Another great way to use beets is to use the pickled ones sold in the bottles. It gives it a nice tang.
  • Chopped hard-boiled eggs - some like to add eggs. Boil eggs and then chop them up into chunks and combine them with everything else. If you prefer, just use the eggs whites and not include the yolk, to add a different texture to the mix
  • Pineapple - for a sweet addition, use canned pineapple chunks. Make sure you strain off the liquid before adding it to the mix
  • Cayenne pepper.
  • Sweet potato - instead of the russet potatoes, you can use sweet potato or even mix it up with the two types.
  • Pimento pepper (Caribbean seasoning pepper) - chop up some pimento peppers and throw them into the mix.
  • Sweet pickles or sweet relish - Another option to add some "sweet".
  • Fried bacon - fry up some bacon till crispy, then chop it up and toss them in.

A forkful of potato salad lifted over a full serving.

Make sure to try this recipe. And if you do, please come back and let me know by leaving a comment and a rating on the recipe card.

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