Which is a Healthier Side Dish: Potato Salad or Pasta Salad?

Find out which is the better option in this all-American food faceoff to determine which is healthier: potato salad or pasta salad.

Back when my parents were young, “salad” referred to any food bound together with some mayonnaise and maybe some chopped celery (think ham salad, apple salad, carrot salad). Nowadays, salad for me is more likely to feature vegetables, and mayonnaise is not the dressing of choice. But there are two exceptions—pasta salad and potato salad. Since typical versions of these dishes follow the basic equation of starch plus mayo, you can bet that both are high in calories…but which is worse and which is the better option? I did some research and found out.

—Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D.

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