UPDATE 8:30 P.M.: The original overall figure raised in this post was taken before Kickstarter adjusted the overall pledge total to account for “ghost” pledges. According to a Kickstarter spokesman, tens of thousands of dollars in “ghost” pledges were probably a result of user error. “When you’re backing a project you get to choose how much money its very possible that someone chose $10,000 instead of $100,” Justin Kazmark said. The article has been adjusted. Read more here

Over the long holiday weekend, Zack “Danger” Brown of Columbus, Ohio, decided he wanted to make some potato salad. So like all intrepid, mayonnaise-loving entrepreneurs, he took to the crowd-funding website Kickstarter to raise $10 by August 2 to guarantee his first attempt at potato salad making would be a success. His initial post for the campaign put it simply, “Basically I’m just making potato salad. I haven’t decided what kind yet.

“It might not be that good,” Brown warned potential donors in the post. “It’s my first potato salad.”

But what began as one of the most ridiculous – though most financially attainable – Kickstarter goals has since blossomed into the latest viral Internet cause. As of 8:30 p.m. Monday, the campaign had raised more than $17,000, with 25 days to go until it closes. Brown has added more rewards for backers at all levels, including a bite of the potato salad whenever its finally assembled. (Estimated delivery: December.)

But there’s no need to wait five months to have a bite of $17,000 potato salad that you’ll have to share with at least almost 2,000 other people. Here are 23 recipes for making your own potato salads, tried and tested by editors of the Post’s own Food section. Most of them will probably cost you less than just $23 to make. If you pledged that amount to Brown’s campaign, it would only get you:

“…a potato-salad themed haiku written by me, your name carved into a potato that will be used in the potato salad, a signed jar of mayonnaise, the potato salad recipe, hang out in the kitchen with me while I make the potato salad, choose a potato-salad-appropriate ingredient to add to the potato salad, receive a bite of the potato salad, a photo of me making the potato salad, a ‘thank you’ posted to our website and I will say your name out loud while making the potato salad.”


1. Austrian Potato Salad (April 17, 2013)

2. Sweet Potato Salad (Jul. 2, 2008)

3. Potato Salad With Prosciutto, Spring Onions and Herbs (Jul. 2, 2008)

Farmers Market Herb Potato Salad (Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post)

4. Farmers Market Herb Potato Salad (Aug. 21, 2013)

5. German Potato Salad (May 17, 2006)

6. Pink Potato Salad with Capers and Radishes  (July 9, 2008)

7. Antipasto Chicken Salad (July 24, 2002)

Potato and Chicken Salad with Salsa Verde (Deb Lindsey/ For The Washington Post)

8. Potato and Chicken Salad with Salsa Verde (June 4, 2014)

9. Roasted Green Bean and Potato Salad (June 27, 2012)

10. Kasha Potato Salad (June 8, 2011)

11. New Potato and Pea Salad (March 17, 2010)

12. Creamy Buttermilk Potato Salad With Fennel and Fresh Herbs (May 23, 2007)

Warm Parslied New Potato Salad (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

13. Warm Parslied New Potato Salad (April 10, 2013)

14. Chickpea Potato Salad with Lemon-Garlic Dressing (Dec. 14, 2011)

15. Tuna and Potato Salad with Olives and Red Peppers (Sep. 20, 2006)

16. Broccoli Rabe and New Potato Salad (Mar. 23, 2011)

17. Marbled Potato Salad with Arugula Pesto (Dec. 5, 2012)

18. Asparagus and Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette (Apr. 14, 2004)

19. Warm Lenti and Sweet Potato Salad with Maple Vinaigrette (Oct. 27, 2010)

20. Steak and Purple Potato Salad (Aug. 5, 2009)

21. Nasturtium, Green Bean and Potato Salad (Nov. 8, 2010)

22. Warm Sweet Potato Salad with Chorizo (Jan. 13, 2010)

23. Broiled Sweet Potato and Turkey Salad (Jun. 4, 2008)


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