My Favorite Potato Salad

I learned about this style of potato salad, which balances the familiar creaminess of potato salad with the pleasant crunch of veggies, when I lived in Japan, and I’ve never looked back.

A bowl of japanese style potato salad with cucumbers and carrots.

Japanese-style Potato Salad

An easy creamy potato salad packed with veggies. The perfect side dish for summer.
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 6
Calories 6677 kcal


  • 4 medium potatoes a medium waxy potato like Yukon Gold or Natasha
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher saltĀ 
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. instant dashi powder
  • 1 cucumber small
  • 1/2 small carrot finely shredded
  • 2 ham or any sliced deli meat optional
  • 1/4 C. cooked corn kernels optional
  • 1/3 C. mayonnaise


  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Quarter the potatoes and place them into a medium saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until fork tender.
  • Thinly slice the cucumber. Place the slices in a colander and sprinkle a couple pinches of salt. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Place the salted cucumber slices into a paper towel. Squeeze out any excess water. Set aside.
  • Drain the potatoes and place them into a large bowl. Use a potato masher or a fork and gently crush the potatoes a few times, leaving some larger chunks.
  • Add salt, sugar, black pepper, and dashi powder. Stir to combine.
  • Add the mayonnaise, drained cucumber slices, carrots, corn, and ham. Gently fold to combine.
  • Serve warm or allow to cool before refrigerating and serve cold.



Calories: 6677kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 578gFat: 457gSaturated Fat: 161gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1659mgSodium: 31961mgPotassium: 8216mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 923IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 211mgIron: 24mg
Keyword 15-hour potatoes, leftovers, potato salad, side dish
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