Yes, although most experts don’t recommend it because it doesn’t thaw well.
Mayonnaise or sour cream are prone to bacterial growth when defrosted at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and above, so we don’t recommend that you freeze them, either.
If you’re going to freeze leftovers, stick to those dressed in oil and/or vinegar.
Tip: Don’t freeze overcook the potatoes; they’ll turn to mush upon defrosting.
How To Freeze Potato Salad in a Container
Freeze as soon as possible after cooking, especially if you’ve dressed the salad in mayonnaise or sour cream. Use a smaller container for faster freezing and thawingNever let mayonnaise or sour cream-based potato salads come to room temperature before freezing.
Freeze as soon as possible after cooking, especially if dressed in mayonnaise or sour cream. Use small plastic bags for faster freezing and thawing.Don't let mayonnaise or sour cream-based salads to come to room temperature before freezing.
If you can’t confirm that the salad was made the day you bought it, don’t freeze it. You must freeze it when it’s freshly made.
You should also transfer the store-bought stuff to a freezer-friendly container or a resealable, freezer-friendly plastic bag.
How Long Does Potato Salad Last in the Freezer?
Potato salad has a freezer shelf life of up to 3 months. For better texture and taste, try to defrost and eat your salad within a month.
How Do I Thaw Potato Salad?
There are two ways to thaw potato salad:
Defrosting potato salad in the refrigerator is the safest and easiest way to thaw potato salad.
You can also defrost potato salad in cold water, which is a bit faster than thawing in the fridge.
How NOT to Thaw Potato Salad
Never thaw a mayonnaise or sour cream-based potato salad by letting it come to room temperature or thawing it in warm water. The mayonnaise or sour cream can spoil (bacteria quickly multiply at room temperature, which starts ) and make you sick.
Don’t use a microwave to defrost potato salad. This is one of those foods you need to thaw slowly and always keep cold at 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 degrees C) or less.
The Best Way To Thaw Potato Salad – In The Fridge
Never thaw a mayonnaise or sour cream-based potato salad by letting it come to room temperature. The mayonnaise or sour cream can spoil and make you sick.Do not use a microwave to defrost potato salad.