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August 15, 2012

Beaverton, Ore. – August 17, 2012 – Reser’s “America’s Best Potato Salad Challenge” invited potato salad lovers to submit their favorite potato salad recipe featuring this potassium-packed vegetable.  Home cooks and BBQ lovers across the country answered the call and submitted 606 recipe entries.

“Our judges tasted, analyzed and evaluated their way through some ‘creative’ new takes on this BBQ favorite. There was even a power drill involved in one of the recipe instructions,” shares Lacey Werner, assistant category manager. “We narrowed it down to ten, but now we need America’s help to select the top five.”

Voting Now Open
Potato salad fans across America are now invited to go to and vote for their favorite recipe. Voting closes midnight PST on August 31, 2012. The top five recipe winners will receive $1,000, plus a $1,000 travel stipend to compete at the World Food Championships in Vegas where they will compete for the $10,000 grand prize. Contest updates will be posted by Reser’s on Facebook and Twitter.

Top 10 Potato Salad Recipes

All-American Caprese Grilled Potato Salad submitted by Laurie L., Essex MA
Do you pledge allegiance to great taste? This salad features red, white and blue potatoes, juicy tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Roasted Tuscan Potato Salad submitted by Cheryl L,. Wake Forest, NC
Bring Italy home with this salad featuring feta, eggplant, oregano and Under the Tuscan Sun-dried tomatoes.

Rodeo Potato Salad submitted by Vivian L., Summerfield, FL    
Giddy-yup taste buds. This rodeo salad features a hearty helpin’ of BBQ sauce and sweet corn.

Bruschetta Sausage Salad submitted by Karie H.,Milton, WA
Italian chicken sausage and creamy brie elevate this salad into something truly extraordinary.

Light Done Right Potato Salad submitted by Janice E., Charlotte NC
Cut the fat but not the flavor. Greek yogurt is this salad’s secret ingredient. Great creaminess and flavor, with fewer calories.

Southwestern Chipotle Potato Salad submitted by Lidia H., Pasadena, CA
Like it hot? This Southwestern salad is spiked with jalapeno peppers and adobo sauce that really kick up the flavor.

Roasted Sweet Mangotato Salad submitted by Lindsey C., Dallas, TX
Sweet, crunchy and spicy. Roasted sweet potatoes are paired with fresh mangoes and Serrano peppers in this creative take on a picnic classic.

Southwestern Grilled Potato Salad w/Smokey Vinaigrette
submitted by Debbie R.,Clearwater, FL

Fire up the grill.  This grilled potato salad, packed with smoky poblano peppers and spicy Spanish chorizo sausage is sure to be a hit at your next BBQ.

Greek Tzatziki Potato Salad submitted by Dawn M.,Warren, PA
Can’t make it to the Greek Islands? Then whip up this Mediterranean-inspired dish packed with Kalamata olives, feta and marinated artichoke hearts.

Karen’s Potato Salad submitted by Karen R., Redmond, WA
Those who prefer a good old-fashioned potato salad can rejoice. This one is packed with pickles, onions and a creamy (dreamy) dressing.

Contest Prizes:

  • Top 10 winners will be featured in Reser’s “America’s Best Potato Salad” digital cookbook.
  • Top 5 winners will each receive $1,000 plus a $1,000 travel stipend to compete at the
    World Food Championships in Las Vegas, November 2-4, 2012.
  • Grand prize winner will receive $10,000.

Contest Timeline:

8/17/2012          Online consumer voting opens at
8/31/2012          Voting closes as of midnight PST
9/17/2012          Reser’s will announce the top five winners
          The top five winners will compete at the World Food Championships event and have
a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize

About Reser’s  
Oregon-based Reser’s is the leading North American provider of deli salads, fresh salads, side dishes and prepared foods. Founded in 1950 by Earl and Mildred Reser, the company remains privately owned and operated and committed to providing delicious foods for the supermarket and food service industries.
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