Classic Potato Salad with a creamy mayonnaise dressing with relish, mustard and celery salt coating potatoes and chopped hard boiled eggs.
Potato Salad has been a popular Side Dish for centuries. It’s perfect in the summer at BBQ’s and picnics, serving this along with Easy Pulled Pork and our fan favorite Fried Chicken.
Potato Salad doesn’t just have to be for summer. It’s a perfect side dish to go alongside weeknight dinners heavy on meat.
This potato salad is the classic recipe you’re looking for. This is the tested, delicious classic recipe you’ve grown up enjoying. By making it yourself, you can skip the deli or grocery store and can keep the extra money in your pocket.
POTATO SALAD INGREDIENTS
How do you make classic potato salad? Classic potato salad is made of russet potatoes, hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard and sometimes relish. You don’t need to use eggs in your potato salad if you don’t prefer them, but for those who do, directions are below for how to hard boil eggs for this recipe.
- Potatoes: The classic potato used in potato salad is the russet potato but you can certainly use red potatoes or even Yukon Potatoes. The Yukon (or gold) potato had a more buttery flavor and creamy texture in this Yukon Gold and Green Onion Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette, but in order to keep this as much of a classic as possible, you might prefer russet potatoes.
- Eggs: These are an optional, but classic addition. You can certainly leave them out and add in an extra potato instead.
- Mayonnaise: Regular or light work great, you won’t taste the difference. For swaps look below for more options.
- Relish: We use sweet relish but for an added depth of flavor but you can use dill pickle relish in equal quantities if desired.
- Mustard: Personal preference, we use dijon mustard in the recipe. Yellow or Spicy Brown will work well too, the mayonnaise tempers the strong flavors well.
- Celery: This adds a crunch to your recipe, with the softer texture of your potatoes and eggs having a textural difference is important. If you don’t like celery you can swap for red bell peppers or jicama.
- Onion: A classic flavor, this is blended into the dressing so you don’t bite into onion pieces. If you want to skip the food processor step simply finely mince the onions instead so you don’t bite into large pieces of onion.
- Celery Salt: Celery salt is a classic flavor in potato salad, you can swap the plain salt for more celery salt if desired.
- Ground Mustard: This adds the classic yellow color to your potato salad. You can swap any other mustard you’d like (we recommend 1-2 teaspoons of a bottled mustard).
How to Hard Boil Eggs:
Place the eggs in a large pot with cold water covering them by 1 inch and bring the water to a simmer.
Cover with a lid, turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes before removing the eggs and placing in ice water then peeling.
TIPS FOR MAKING HARD BOILED EGGS
- Peel the eggs right after they come out of the ice bath, otherwise it might be difficult to get the shell off.
- Salt the water when you’re boiling the eggs, which helps them peel easily when they’re done.
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VARIATIONS ON POTATO SALAD
- Dill Pickles or Pickle Juice: This is a classic mix-in idea many people love. If you want a less sweet flavor swap out the relish for finely diced dill pickles instead.
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Oil: If you are averse to mayonnaise you can make this potato salad mayo-free with a vinaigrette instead. It won’t be creamy but it will still be full of flavor. Use apple cider vinegar in place of white vinegar which is just too harsh.
- Sour Cream: If you want to cut back on the amount of mayonnaise you can swap out some of the mayonnaise for sour cream or greek yogurt, but don’t swap out more than half the mayo this way or it won’t taste anything like classic potato salad anymore.
- Yellow Mustard: If you like a stronger acid flavor but want to keep the mixture creamy add in some yellow mustard instead of ground mustard.
- Dijon Mustard or Hot Mustard: Either mellow out the mustard flavor or give the potato salad a kick with either of these options.
- Bacon: You’ll never go wrong with bacon, add most of to the salad when mixing and garnish with the rest.
- Onions: This recipe calls for yellow onions, but red onions would be a mellow addition.
EASY RECIPES TO SERVE WITH POTATO SALAD:
Tips For Making Potato Salad
- Lighten up the calories in this recipe by using light mayonnaise and boiled and chopped egg whites. You can also swap half the mayonnaise for plain Greek yogurt.
- Add a dash of cayenne pepper, curry powder, dill, or paprika to the potato salad to add some spice and flavor.
- Swap in dijon mustard instead of ground mustard to add a deeper flavor.
How to Store Potato Salad:
- Serve: Potato Salad is traditionally served up chilled and it has mayonnaise in it, so you shouldn’t leave it out for longer than about 2 hours.
- Store: You can keep the salad for up to about 3 days in the fridge, as long as it’s kept in something airtight.
- Freeze: Potato should be eaten fresh or out of the fridge, freezing mayonnaise based recipes is not recommended.
- 5 medium russet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1/2 yellow onion , diced finely
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise , (regular or light)
- 3 large hard boiled eggs , peeled and chopped
- 1 stalk celery , diced finely
- 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
- Add potatoes to a large pot and fill with water until the potatoes are 1-2" below the water level and bring to a boil on high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium-high and cook potatoes for 6-8 minutes until they're easily pierced by a fork but still firm.
- Drain the potatoes and let them cool in a large mixing bowl for 10 minutes.
- Add the onion, salt, celery salt, mustard and mayonnaise to a food processor to combine or whisk together (if you whisk grate the onion first).
- In your large mixing bowl with the potatoes, add the eggs, celery, sweet relish and mayonnaise mixture mix well (gently) before refrigerating for at least two hours.
The potatoe salad was a real treat! I cooked ribs in the oven, usually I do them on the grill but here in Northern Ontario we still have two feet of snow and only 7 degrees. So I brought a little taste of spring to us, my husband went back for salad seconds. Thank you ??
Try this recipe it was very good and very easy to do!
This is the potato salad I grew up with and as long as the ‘sauce’ is right, potato varieties are fine. Very popular at pot lucks or even just the dinner table.
So glad you enjoy this!
The BEST, as far as I’m concerned! My mom taught me to make it this way, and I always do. Every time I bring it to an event, I’m asked for the recipe. We also prefer Yukon Gold. They’re my all around favorite for almost everything. Sometimes I add in some finely minced fresh dill, if I have it (not too much). Yum!
Thanks for the 5 stars, Angelina.
Your recipe calls for a stalk of celery which seems excessive. Should it be 1 rib of celery?
Picky, picky, since you (& we readers) ALREADY knew what was meant! Why even bother to ask?
I love me a good potato salad recipe. Yum!!
This one’s definitely for you! Enjoy!!
Potato salads are great, as they are fast and easy to prepare! I need to try this recipe out at the weekend! 🙂
I grew up eating mashed potato salad. Everything else was the same. Talk about creamy!
I could eat homemade potato salad all year long! This recipe looks especially yummy!
This is a classic, just like my mother-in-law used to make, it was my husband’s favorite!
I like spicy so I used pickled chillies instead of relish.
That sounds amazing!