Salads | June 26, 2017

Potato Salad

One thing I learned from my mom, who always a makes a famous potato salad, is the simpler the better. Potato salad can become a hodge podge of spices and add-ins- but it gets to be too much. They overpower the classic potato salad. Roll your eyes if you must- but I promise every time me or my mom make this we get asked for the recipe. Sometimes less is more, and even the pickiest of eaters will love this potato salad.

Overhead shot of potato salad, decorated with dill

This is the same recipe my grandma made, and her grandma made. I can picture my mom and grandma standing over a sink peeling steaming boiled potatoes with a pairing knife. Then dicing and mixing and us kids standing around hoping for a taste.

Then we would all gather round outside eating and talking on the warm summer evenings. Eating sloppy joes, hot dogs, fruit salads and baked beans. Potato salad is so perfect for the summer because its served cold and is so refreshing.

Potato salad close up shot

Crunchy celery, hard boiled eggs, firm potatoes, fresh herbs and creamy sauce. Let it marry in the fridge till nice and cold and you have the perfect potato salad.

Potato Salad overhead shot

The Potatoes

There are several different potatoes people love to use. Some swear by red potatoes, some only use russet. My mom typically will use russet potatoes. She boiled them whole with skins until fork tender (but not mushy). She peels them after and cuts them into bite sized pieces.

I on the other hand prefer to peel and cut into bite size pieces before. You have to keep a close eye on them this way and only let them boil for a few minutes because if you over-boil them they will turn mushy and your potato salad will be more like mashed potato salad. no bueno.

close up shot of potato salad on white plate, with paprika sprinkled over it


During the holidays, especially summer holidays, where you gather in groups with lots of family and friends parties are typical held “potluck” style. This means you bring a dish large enough to serve many people! These recipes also have to transport well. So picking something that only taste good when its very hot or cold doesn’t serve well. Potato salad is PERFECT. Keep it in a cooler, and serve it up with any other recipes your fiends choose to bring. We have SO many other recipes that are amazing for potlucks.

I’ll list a few, but you can also click on this link to find some more!

  1. Creamy Grape Salad
  2. Marinated Cucumber Salad 
  3. Oriental Cabbage Salad
  4. Cucumber Melon Salad
  5. Asparagas Summer Salad 
  6. Sweet Potato and Arugula Quinoa
  7. Sweet Corn Salad with Cilantro 
  8. Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella
  9. Peanut Slaw
  10. Rainbow Quinoa Salad

and for DESSERTS!

  1. Texas Sheet Cake
  2. Raspberry Sour Cream Cake
  3. Scotch Chocolate Cake 
5 from 1 vote
Potato Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

The PERFECT potluck dish. 

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potato salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 1873 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 3 reg russet potatoes
  • 4 red potatoes {or just do 6 reg russet potatoes}
  • 6 celery stalks thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 1 TBS fresh dill chopped
  • about 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 5-6 hard boiled eggs- cut up {you may want to save one sliced up nice for the top}
  • salt and pepper

  1. 1.  Boil halfed (or quartered) potatoes in salted water.
    {do you know you should always cook potatoes in salted water...just like your noodles}

  2. 2.  Cook till fork tender.

  3. 3.  Cut into bite size pieces. (you can choose to peel them or not. I usually choose to not, because I like skins and the added texture. my mom always does. after you boil them a lot of the skin will peel off anyway when you cut into bite size pieces. I discard those pieces and just throw in the meat of the potatoes.)

  4. 4.  In a separate bowl mix the mayo and mustards, gentle stir in onions, eggs, and celery pour over potatoes and stir gently. add Salt and pepper to taste.
    and last, nicely sliced egg on top and paprika..if so desired.

Nutrition Facts
Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 1873 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 950mg317%
Sodium 1806mg79%
Potassium 7698mg220%
Carbohydrates 282g94%
Fiber 29g121%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 67g134%
Vitamin A 2915IU58%
Vitamin C 127.1mg154%
Calcium 460mg46%
Iron 16.8mg93%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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