The Best Potato Salad Recipe (Easy)


This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Creamy Potato Salad is pretty much a staple for any cookout or barbecue. Perfect to serve alongside a thick grilled burger, tender grilled chicken breasts or even next to a juicy steak!

Tender potatoes, crisp veggies, a handful of green onions and chopped hard boiled eggs are tossed in a simple and creamy dressing. This easy potato salad recipe tastes even better when made ahead of time making it the perfect dish to take along to parties and potlucks!

Creamy Homemade Potato Salad Recipe with eggs in a wood bowl

A Classic Side Dish

For an inexpensive and filling side dish, you can’t beat a creamy potato salad (and of course a delicious pasta salad recipe right next to it). Every family has their favorite add-ins and of course this is one of my all time favorites! This classic potato salad recipe has just the right amount of crunch, tang and creaminess to satisfy any appetite.

The ingredients for classic potato salad start with basic staples found in almost any kitchen: potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, celery, onion and mayonnaise. With these ingredients as the backbone, you can layer in other ingredients using your own taste as your guide.

Ingredients for Potato Salad

  • POTATOES: I use baby potatoes as they are a little sweeter and need no peeling. Truly any potato will work for potato salads but red and yellow skinned potatoes tend to hold their shape better. Russets can fall apart but still taste great if it’s all you have on hand.
  • ADD-INS: The possibilities are endless. We love potato salad with eggs but if eggs aren’t your thing, skip them! Sliced radishes and celery add a bit of crunch. You can also add in your favorites such as chopped pickles, cheddar cheese or a handful of crumbled bacon!
  • POTATO SALAD DRESSING: This recipe has a creamy dressing and it’s super easy to prepare. Classic flavors include cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, a touch of sugar and relish. You can use either sweet or dill. Add your favorite herbs or spices like dill to create a Creamy Dill Potato Salad!

It is important to ensure that your potatoes are cooled before you add this dressing as it has a mayonnaise base.

Ingredients for the best potato salad recipe with eggs

More Easy Potato Sides

How to Make Potato Salad

How Long to Boil Potatoes for Potato Salad? This can vary a bit based on the size and type of potato. Bite sized potatoes will take about 12-15 minutes after the water boils, but you really need to test for doneness by piercing them with a fork. Take them off the heat and drain when the fork can be easily inserted, but before the fork would make them fall apart.

Just like when making creamy mashed potatoes, you want to make sure you don’t overcook them! They absorb a lot of water as soon as they are finished cooking and will get too mushy. To prepare, place them in the pot of cold, salted water and set it on high heat to boil.

Homemade Potato salad with eggs being prepared in a glass bowl.

To Make Potato Salad

Once the potatoes are cooked and cooled completely, the rest of your job is simple! Here’s all you do to make this easy potato salad:

  1. Mix the dressing in the bottom of a large bowl.
  2. Add the cooked and fully cooled potatoes along with your mix-ins.
  3. Mix well, season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

For the best tasting homemade potato salad, place the bowl covered in the refrigerator for several hours to allow the flavors to build and develop.

Serving the best potato salad recipe with eggs

Can You Freeze Potato Salad?

Unfortunately, potato salad is one of those rare dishes that doesn’t hold up well to freezing. The raw veggies that give it such a delightful crunch will get mushy, and the mayonnaise will separate when it thaws. So for the best potato salad, always plan on making it fresh. It will keep in the refrigerator for about three days.

Classic Potato Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly N.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
This is a classic potato salad recipe, with a little extra flair for just the right amount of crunch, tang and complex flavors to satisfy any appetite.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs baby potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced radishes
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 6 boiled eggs chopped (optional)
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • paprika for garnish optional
Dressing
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup relish (sweet or dill pickle)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon or yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

avatarFollow Spend with Pennies on Pinterest

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender (approx. 15 minutes). Cool completely and cut in halves or quarters.

  2. Mix all dressing ingredients in the bottom of a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and toss well. (I slightly mash the potatoes while mixing to make it creamy).

  3. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 216, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 99mg, Sodium: 204mg, Potassium: 471mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 5g, Vitamin A: 4.1%, Vitamin C: 24.2%, Calcium: 3.1%, Iron: 6.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword classic potato salad, potato salad

 

This easy classic potato salad recipe is simple, delicious, and always a hit. We love making this homemade potato salad recipe for barbecues! #spendwithpennies #potatosalad #potatoes #potato #salad #sidedish #side
This easy classic potato salad recipe is simple, delicious, and always a hit. We love making this homemade potato salad recipe for barbecues! #spendwithpennies #potatosalad #potatoes #potato #salad #sidedish #side

More Recipes You'll Love

About the author

Holly

pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

More Posts by Holly

Latest & Greatest Dishes