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How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe

How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe you’ve ever tasted! Today I’m sharing our secret family potato salad recipe.

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The Best Potato Salad Recipe

My mom’s potato salad is better than your mom’s potato salad.

There, I said it and I’m not taking it back! *wink*

Seriously though, my mother has magical abilities in the art of potato salad making. My mom makes traditional mustard, pickle, and hard-boiled egg potato salad. It’s simple, but I have never made or tasted another potato salad better than her version… And I’m not the only person to think so.

Over the years I’ve watched countless relatives and friends swoon over here classic potato salad.

The problem is, when you ask her for the recipe she has a hard time sharing it, because she doesn’t actually have a recipe written down. She makes it by feel.

It’s taken years of watching, assisting her, and asking questions to come up with what I consider to be her recipe.

Want to know mom’s secrets?

How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe Ever (Mom's Recipe)

How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe

1) The key to making the best potato salad is to use starchy potatoes and let them get really soft, so they are partially mashed once mixed. This gives the potato salad a rustic, yet thick and luxurious quality. I like to use Yukon Gold or Klondike Goldust potatoes. You can also use Russet potatoes if you like. Do not use new potatoes, because they hold their shape too well and will leave the dressing soupy.

Start the potatoes in cold water and bring them to a boil to ensure even cooking. Make sure to salt the boiling water so the salty flavor gets deep down in the potatoes.

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Once the potatoes are soft, drain off the water and peel off the skins. You can leave some of the skins on if you like the added texture.

Chop the potatoes when they are soft; this saves time on the peeling and chopping.

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2) Next, mix all the dressing ingredients together. Use your favorite mayonnaise as the base.

I know better than to tell you what brand to use… Mayonnaise is an intensely personal condiment!

Here in the Carolinas, we use Duke’s Mayonnaise, but mom usually uses Hellmann’s. You can even go with Miracle Whip if that is your favorite.

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Mix a large amount of sweet pickle relish into the dressing.

Use the good quality refrigerated relish that tastes fresh, has large chunks, and stays firm. Otherwise, the dense ultra-sweet shelved variety might overwhelm the flavor of the dressing.

If you can’t find “good relish”, finely dice firm refrigerated sweet pickles instead.

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Make sure to use yellow mustard for flavor and color. Sometimes mom adds half yellow mustard and half dijon mustard, but if it’s going to be one or the other, you have to use classic yellow mustard.

Apple cider vinegar, celery seeds, and a little bit of paprika round out the dressing flavor.

The Best Potato Salad Recipe Ever

3) Mix the potatoes and the dressing while the potatoes are still warm. Add chopped hard-boiled eggs for richness, celery for crunch, sweet onions for a zippy bite, and fresh chopped dill for a herbaceous punch.

The onions are a point of discrepancy in our family… Personally, I would always choose scallions over any other raw onion. However my dad insists on raw chopped sweet onions for crunch and flavor, so that’s what mom uses.

To his credit, they do provide a more potent onion essence and crisp texture when serving on the second or third day.

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4) Finally, potato salad, any potato salad, tastes better on the second day after the flavors have had ample time to mix and mingle.

When possible make mom’s potato salad the day before you plan to serve it.

However, if you don’t have time to make it a day ahead, refrigerate the potato salad for as long as humanly possible before mealtime.

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How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe

If you are determined to learn How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe, give my mom’s recipe a try.

I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe. My mom's potato salad recipe is hands-down the best potato salad I, or anyone else who's tried it, has ever eaten!
Servings: 16



  • Cut the potatoes into quarters and place them in a large stockpot. Fill the pot with cold water until it is 1 inch over the top of the potatoes. Set the pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add 1 tablespoon salt and cook the potatoes for 13-15 minutes, until fork tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl mix the mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish including juices, mustard, apple cider vinegar, celery seeds, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Stir until smooth. Then chop the eggs, celery, onions, and dill.
  • Once the potatoes are very tender, drain off all the water. Remove the loose peels and chop the potatoes into 1/2-inch chunks. It's okay if they are soft and crumbly. Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Gently mix in the dressing until it coats the potatoes well. Then stir in the eggs, celery, onions, and dill. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with fresh dill and paprika.
  • Cover the potato salad and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. If you have time to make it ahead, it tastes even better on day two! Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.



  1. If you can't find golden potatoes, use Russets.
  2. For best flavor, make your potato salad a day ahead.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 317kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 58mg, Sodium: 360mg, Potassium: 643mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 335IU, Vitamin C: 16.8mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 5.2mg
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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409 comments on “How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe”

  1. Potato Salad Recipe is awesome! I just finished it last night and the result was unexpected, my wife and daughter both liked it, which made me happy. Thanks for your recipe!

  2. Next week for the Superbowl

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  6. This potato salad is The Best! I’m not sure why – the way the potatoes are cooked, the apple cider vinegar – whatever it is I highly recommend giving it a try.

  7. Just made this today and had it with shrimp burgers from cook’s illustrated site. OMG!!! So delicious. I have always thought of potato salad as “ho hum”…always about the same. This totally blows me out of the water. This will be our “go to” recipe from now on!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is the first potato salad recipe I ever tried and it is absolutely perfect! Thanks for sharing it!

  9. Thank you for sharing. It looks so yummy.

  10. I just love potato salad, but mine just never came out very good and I always did according to the recipe. Well it’s been a long time since I’ve made potato salad, so I followed your recipe and let it set over night and “DANG” your mama’s recipe is the”BOMB” Thanks for putting your recipe out there. ( Thank your mom for me too) HAPPY HOLIDAYS to and everyone.

  11. Thank you for this receipe, one great factor is its sheer simplicity.

  12. This reicpe looks very delicious. A perfect morning recipe for me. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  13. Wow, your recipe is so amazing. I have never known this recipe. Thank for sharing. I will share this recipe for my friends and my family. I think they love it too.

  14. Excellent recipe! My entire family LOVES it
    Thank you for sharing

  15. Just found this recipe and made it for the first time. WOW, it was amazing, it’s gonna be my “go to” simple yet irresistible show stopper for any visit to a friends house or visitor ANNND it’s going to be my “hand me down to the family” recipe. Every ingredient compliments each other and the several tastes that come through not like just any other ordinarily potato salad… This one really is top of the mark.

  16. I’m making this right now!! Yesterday I boiled a few eggs for my fiance to have for his tuna sandwiches for lunch today… well he made the tuna and seriously took off this morning without the eggs, soooooo I’ll be making this today and I’m positive this will be my go to recipe from now on! I do think I will sautee the onions though!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Your recipe is awesome! This recipe is definitely a keeper in my kitchen! Thank you for sharing!

  18. Seriously, Karen? 

  19. Is the egg yoke used in this recipe?

  20. I make mine just like this except I’ve never used apple cider vinegar. And I use Duke’s mayo, yellow mustard,a little ground mustard and celery seed. Me and my mom make our own sweet pickles so I cut them up and it’s delicious.

  21. I made this recipe for a BBQ today. I can’t wait for my friends to try it out! Simply delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  22. Absolutely the best! I am so glad I came across this recipe and took the plunge. It brought back some good childhood memories. 

    Change nothing. Add nothing. Take away noting. Those who have it less than 5 stars adulterer this recipe thus making it an unfair review/marking.

    Thank you for sharing this classic beauty <3

  23. This is a great recipe!! Mahalo for sharing!

  24. I thought it was a bold claim that this potato salad is better than my mom’s. I stand corrected. This is the best potato salad I’ve ever made. 

  25. Hi! I already read a comment asking where the video was, but I think it’s missing! I see something that says ‘Video’, but there is nothing attached. Could you attach it, please?

    Lili <3

  26. It’s been years since we’ve had good potato salad. On a whim I googled “Great potato salad” and yours was the first up. Now we can say we’ve enjoyed  Great potato salad. Bar none it’s the best!!! We would give it many  gold stars,  if possible.

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  28. So, this recipe is amazing. I’ve made it several times now and it’s been my go to all summer long. The thing I do differently is that I peel and dice the potatoes and place in a steamer basket and place the eggs on top and cook in my Instant Pot for 4 minutes on high pressure with quick release. I mix up the dressing as written while it’s cooking and add potatoes once done & dice the eggs! Great every time. I might add a teeny bit more mustard too, but that’s just personal preference.

  29. “The man who has nothing to boast of but his ancestors is like a potato – the only good belonging to him is under ground.”

  30. Omg with is good!!! Thanks

  31. Made it and loved it. This recipe will be my go to for potato salad. The only changes I made were slightly more yellow mustard because my hubby and I both love a little extra, an additional boiled egg (we love that too), and most importantly ( this is crucial), Tony Chachere’s more spice seasoning. We live in south Louisiana and we love some extra spice. The addition of Tony’s made a huge difference on the flavor layers. Excellent stuff!!!

  32. Should the potatoes cool first?

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  34. This was so delicious!! But I must say that if you dare use miracle whip instead of Duke’s, ah well, prepare to be massively disappointed (my sister-in-law is my southern Duke’s mule).
    When I add boiled eggs I make them into egg salad first so it’s creamier. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe!

  35. I was looking for a classic potato salad recipe and this is it. I made it with 3 pounds of yellow potatoes instead of 5, but because I made the dressing separate I was able to add just the right amount without it being too runny. I probably had a cup or less less over of dressing.
    I made this 2 days ahead of when I am going to serve it.

  36. This recipe is almost identical to the way I have always made my potato salad.

  37. It is easy to make, but was not sure about gold potatoes ! I could only find store brand, seemed to work fine, but I think we like flavor of the reds a bit more. Good idea to make ahead, especially when for a BIG picnic right here ! This is great, don’t have to make sauce and mix day of. Thanks for the recipe.

  38. Easy and delicious! Thanks!

    (in the South, but Jewish. So Hellmans. :-)

  39. Amazing! It truly is the best ever! Follow the simple directions. You will not be disappointed.  Thank you for Sharing. 

  40. Just made this for a Labor Day grill out and it was a HIT. Here in south Louisiana potato salad is a staple with gumbo, so it is a hard to task to make the one everyone loves. I was told this is THE BEST. Thank you!!! 

  41. We went through a 1/4 of it at home before it Even made it to the party … we had a bouncy castle …. a bouncy castle and all anyone asked about was the potato salad. I’d give if 6 stars if I could 🙋🏻‍♀️

  42. Love this recipe! I make it a couple of times a year and everybody raves. I substitute dill relish instead of sweet, both ways are great!

  43. I made the potato salad yesterday and had rave reviews. The entire bowl was consumed! I made one little change. Switched out 1 cup mayo for 1 cup horseradish mayo. Adds a suttle spicy kick. AMAZING!

  44. This was indeed the best potato salad we’ve ever had!!!  My husband said to keep this recipe and he’s a big potato salad guy. I followed the recipe to a T and it was perfect. Thank you for sharing this fantastic potato salad! 

    • This potato salad is so doggone good. The only differences I made to it was to pan crisp (a really good crisp) and brown my unpeeled baby red and yukon potatoes in a little butter and seasoned with paprika and garlic powder. Also, I didn’t have any celery or sweet relish. But I used a some chopped dill pickles. Me and my 11 year old son love potato salad so I am always trying different ways to make it. He said it was so good that it is like hugging your mother, lol. I can’t wait to do it again with all of the ingredients. This is a keeper. Thank you.

  45. This is, by far, the best potato salad I’ve ever had. My husband even agrees so you know it’s gotta be something special! I use unpeeled, small red skin potatoes. Hellman’s mayonnaise makes it perfect — just like my Mom’s!

  46. I haven’t made this yet, but it sounds delicious. I rated it 5 stars so the two-faced Potato Salad Cop/Hypocrite can get in her soapbox. Oops…I mean ‘on’. If you don’t care for a recipe, don’t make it. In addition, don’t butcher it to the point of losing its essence, and then continue to post comments about people who haven’t made it but leave 5 star reviews. Wasabi mayo and cayenne pepper in potato salad is offensive…such blasphemy. 

  47. I made this tonight and it was delicious as-is. You seem really uptight over potato salad, Jen. 

  48. Delicious!
    Loved by all. 
    The first time I made it according to the recipe. 
    The second time I used diced dill pickles in place of sweet relish. 
    Still loved by all. So whether you like it sweet or not sweet it’s delicious. 
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. 😊👍

  49. Just made this potato salad and it tastes eerily similar to the potato salad my mom made when I was a kid (she does NOT have a recipe for hers, either). Thank you for this awesome recipe, it is sure to be a hit with the family! 

  50. I just made this for a soccer game watch party happening this afternoon. I wish I had made it yesterday but, oh well. I was tasked with making it this morning so I didn’t know ahead of time.

    I think this is a good base recipe but it’s a little bit bland on its own for me. I think its probably fine for most folks and for anyone who doesn’t like things too spiced, and I don’t necessarily mean hot/spicy.

    I added a tbsp of turmeric for color, a couple tbsps of wasabi mayo, tripled the amount of paprika, added a tbsp of cayenne. I used a whole sweet onion AND and an entire bunch of green onions And a few tbsps of Montreal Steak Seasoning. Those additions blended well with the base recipe.

  51. Hi Sommer, just made your potato salad yesterday and it was awesome!! Followed the recipe exactly, with your helpful tips along the way…I am a Dukes mayo fan as well!! My old man really liked. Finally found a potato salad that tastes incredible. Thank you for sharing. Linda

  52. This is my favorite recipe for potato salad. I don’t change a thing except I add a little ranch dressing. 2 thumbs up for this!

  53. Should I leave yoke from eggs or take out?

  54. This reicpe looks very delicious. A perfect morning recipe for me. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Jen is a potato salad cop.

      • If she doesn’t make potato salad much, or never has, it could certainly be bland to her. Not everyone eats southern bbq or is even American. It could be a cultural thing. Your assumptions and intolerance and policing of other peoples opinions and preferences says more about you than anything Jen said.

  55. I made this for the first time last night and the family loved it. I believe even the non-potato person in my family enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe.

  56. i like potato! thank for sharing

  57. I was tired of eating the potato salad out of the deli of the grocery store, so I decided to make it myself. I searched through Google for “The Best Potato Salad”, and yours popped up among a few others. I chose your recipe based on a 5 star rating and the ingredients I had on hand . WOW, this is the best potato salad, its absolutely delicious – so flavorful!! It’s my go to favorite!!

  58. I have never loved a recipe so much that I felt the need to leave a comment! I have 7 children and a big family….boy let me tell you we love it!! Thanks so much for sharing a relatively simple yet DELICIOUS recipe. I have been making this now for my family on a regular basis due to its high demand haha. Thanks!!

  59. I wasn’t sure about this until I ate it. This potato salad is DELICIOUS! It’s the potato salad I didn’t know I wanted. 

  60. This is the best potato salad I ever made! I used both, sweet and dill relish for this salad, as I dont like sweet relish. It worked out great! Thank you for sharing your mom’s recipe!

  61. How many russet potatoes do you recommend?

  62. Wow!! Made this for a family bbq and it was a HIT! So much flavor and everything works so well together. I also added diced radish and gherkins along with a few tbsp of pickled gherkin juice. DEFINITELY will be making this again… very soon!

  63. This is the BEST potato salad by far!!
    My family and friends LOVE it.

    Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe :)

  64. I haven’t made it yet but it sounds wonderfully delicious! I can not wait to make it!

  65. This is a great recipe. I love Wickles pickles, so that’s what I used. Perfection! P.S. I was a lifelong fan of Hellman’s mayo until someone recently turned me on to Duke’s-now I’m a convert. :)

  66. Outrageous!! Sets a new standard for potato salad. While I don’t measure, I used everything you suggested. Had a couple of old baking potatos. I found a sweet relish we like at Walmart of all places, Great Value brand, it is really very good and dirt cheap (price is nice but we don’t consider it usually regarding food). Immediately returned to grab half a dozen. Everyone who has tasted it thinks its the best potato salad they ever had. Thank you so much.

    • Wow! I have made this twice now this month. The 1st time I made it for the 4th of July for a get together and let me just say this there were no left overs so i made it again tonight and i am betting it will be gone again before i know it. This will be my go to recipe for potato salad from now on. ❤ it! 😋

  67. I know you state using Yellow mustard, but I grew up in Upstate NY and Weber’s Horseradish mustard is a great ingredient if you like a bit of kick.

    So that was my only substitute and loved it.

  68. This recipe is spot on, the only change I made was we chopped up Walmart Spicy Bourbon Smoked pickles for our relish! Try these pickles! Also great for Bloody Mary’s

    • I just recently discovered those Walmart Spicy Bourbon pickles are they are DELICIOUS!! I hadn’t thought to try them in a potato salad but now after seeing your comment I think I may give it a whirl!

  69. Good w/exception of “sweet” relish. Completely changes flavor. Next time I’ll use regular dill pickle. All else pretty solid. 

  70. Absolutely fabulous. Best potato salad ever. My new go-to recipe.
    Thank you.

  71. I had to improvise because I didn’t have pickles or celery salt. Instead, I added chopped green onion and cooked celery root with potatoes. I added mustard from New York, mellow and pickle like and mustard from Russia, sweet and spicy. Waiting for for the next day to taste flavors. Thanks for sharing.

  72. This is a great recipe.  I did have to make a couple of changes because of the ingredients I had in the house:  I only had Idaho potatoes and no celery seed, but had celery salt so I used that and left out the salt in the recipe.  Maybe it’s the wine vinegar or the 1/2 yellow and 1/2 brown mustard – but this recipe is a hit!

  73. Tried this yesterday 7/10/2020 and it was DELICIOUS! I added some cayenne pepper, because that’s what I do, and it was absolutely perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My wife thinks I know how to cook now. ;)

  74. Absolutely the BEST potato salad I have ever made or eaten!

  75. Potato’s are boiling now! :)

  76. Made this for the 4th. Came out amazing, I can’t believe I made it and it tasted so good 😋

  77. Indeed, this is the best potato salad I’ve ever had! If there’s ever a recipe to write down in a recipe box, this is definitely the one.

  78. Made this for dinner today, but left out the egg and used vegan Earth Balance mayo (I’m vegan and hubby and I both have egg intolerance anyway), fresh chopped sweet and dill pickles instead of relish, and opted for the half yellow/dijon choice in mustard. Fantastic flavor! The addition of the celery seed made it extra tasty! Will be my go to for potato salad from now on!

  79. It was rather average, sorry to say. Everyone said the same thing : “it’s missing something”. Perhaps the spices need to be amped up. Not sure. Potato cooking method is excellent.

  80. Best potato salad recipe. My 18 year old son hates onion so I finely chopped the onions and he didn’t even notice. He ate my whole bowl before I could get a second serving. Thank you 

  81. First time making potato salad. This recipe was a fantastic and so easy to do!! It’s been added to my recipes and I’m so happy I found it! I did half it as I was feeding fewer people! 

  82. I made the recipe as per directions and it is a tasty “5 stars” however, I peeled the cooked potatoes which adds to the 40 minute time.

    While I have you attention;

    Mayonnaise on Waldorf Salad.
    Miracle Whip in Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

    Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip May appear similar but the are not interchangeable.

  83. This tastes like my Moms with some modern additions. Delicious. This is the second recipe I’ve done from your website and another tasty, delicious recipe!! Well done!!! 

  84. One thing was left out how many potatoes to use for the ingredients ?

  85. What if I don’t have apple cider vinegar? I have red wine vinegar and white.

  86. A really a good mix of flavors,it was perfect view

  87. Made this to go with dinner tonight. What I did different, I used dill pickles with some juice for the relish. I then used pickle juice for the vinegar. Only used one stalk of celery finely chopped, and finely chopped the sweet onion. Also used russets because it is what I have. 

  88. Do mix the fresh dill in the mix, or just put it over the top when done? Can you use dill in the bottle because that’s all i have.

  89. I used to wonder why my potato salad never turned out and I hated eggs in my potato salad, well gee, what binds everything together well are the eggs. I tweaked this recipe a bit, as 5 lbs of potatoes is quite a bit for a party of 2. I also used a small shallot instead of the onion and a finely diced dill pickle as my taste buds prefer sour than sweet. I definitely would not use russet potatoes as a waxy potato is best and holds it’s texture well. Also, your preference of mayonnaise makes it or breaks it. The creamier the better. Some fancy mayonnaise brands just don’t hold up well enough. Thanks for the recipe:)

  90. I love this recipe!! Like with all cooking I add a few additional ingredients to amp up the flavor; fresh chopped garlic and garlic powder. This is absolutely my favorite potato salad recipe. It’s a MUST try.

    • I was curious about adding garlic myself! This recipe is fantastic as is! I just love garlic in anything. I was hesitant to try first time around but I will definitely try it the next time around! Thanks for leaving your comment it was what I was looking for! 😊

  91. I’m 43 years old and I have NEVER made potato salad before. We had out-of-town guests (a family of 6) in town and I decided to pick a recipe online. I found this and it was a massive hit. So tasty and fresh and the kids loved it. 

  92. This was a big hit on Father’s Day. I used 1cup mayonaise and 1cup greek yogurt instead of all mayonnaise. Originally, everyone said they didn’t like mayonaise. However, they kept coming back for seconds. They loved the egginess of it and it was definitely a winner over the German Potato Salad which was yummy but not as fondly remembered.

  93. This was my first ever attempt at potato salad, I followed the recipe exactly and it was FANTASTIC! Folks you can’t go wrong with this one.

  94. So easy to make and absolutely delicious.  Just made it for the first time and I got so many compliments! Thank you ❤️

  95. Best recipe EVER!!! Everyone asks me to bring this to BBQ’s. I leave the skin on the potatoes, but other than that followed the recipe to a “T”. Thank you for sharing.

  96. This recipe is great. Very pro-relish in any mayo-based salad. The negative reviewer below must not relish the deliciousness of living the good life.

  97. Awesome! The only thing I added (because my Grandma always did) is a cucumber (chopped with seeds and liquid scooped out of the cucumber).
    This recipe is almost perfect. The cucumber makes it perfect. lol
    Thank you!!

  98. I really like this recipe! It is very close in taste to how my mom always made it. I’m sure it will be a big hit with my family tomorrow!

  99. This recipe was a total HIT. In fact, family begged me to make it again for Father’s Day this weekend. Followed it exactly. This recipe rocks, thank you!

  100. This is a good recipe. I didn’t add the celery seeds and didn’t have an regular mustard so I only added 1 Tbsp of dijon. It’s a pretty good recipe. It’s a little sweet for me. If I make it again I will do half sweet relish and half chopped dill pickle.

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  102. This reicpe looks very delicious. A perfect morning recipe for me. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  104. What if I only have celery salt???

    • Made this a few times as is and it was great.  The last time I made it I decided to add a tweak.  I mashed 1 avocado and added it and it brought a new flavor and creaminess to the overall dish.  5 stars all the way!

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  106. Just finished making this recipe. My husband said that it’s tasty. I didn’t have any dill on hand. Will make sure that I have dill in making this recipe again. The texture is just right. Mixing the other ingredients together and then adding to potatoes is spot on.

  107. Thank you for making this recipe “adjustable.” I am a single person who enjoys cooking for myself, and it really helps to not have recipes that serve a crowd.

  108. This is the BEST potato salad recipe ever. My family loves this so much that I am making it regularly during the hotter days-it is the perfect side for any summer dish. I added a cup of chopped bacon, and substituted the 1 cup of sweet relish with half a cup of chopped dill pickles and the half a cup of sweet relish, it was so delicious and everyone loves it. In the past I never knew exactly how mush mustard, mayonnaise, relish, & hard boiled eggs to use. The balance of measuring this recipe was key for me. 

  109. Tried this yesterday … added some small chopped carrots that was on hand and dill pickles . Everything else was same  … my dad is very hard to please in food, but this actually got him going for seconds … which means it’s a GRRRREAT recipe . Everybody loved it. Thank you for sharing 

  110. It really is the best potato salad!!!!

  111. This is truly the best potato salad that I’ve ever made. The last time that I made potato salad was a disaster. Your recipe helped me redeem myself. I’m so glad that I found your recipe. I’ll be using it as my go to potato salad recipe from now on. Thank you. 👏👏

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  113. Has anyone cooked the potatoes and eggs in an instant pot? If so, did it turn out well? And for how long? 

    • Yes! Put the trivet that comes with the instant pot into the bottom of the pot, add 1 cup water. If you have a steamer basket, that would work too, but I don’t so I fold a piece of foil to a circle, and punch small holes in it. Place on top of the trivet, then fill with peeled and cut potatoes. Nestle the uncooked eggs into the potatoes at the top, put on the lid and seal. Set for Manual and cook 4 minutes. Quick release when done, remove eggs and put into ice bath until cool. Potatoes should be done and ready to mix the other ingredient into!

  114. This Potato Salad is delicious 😋 I didn’t have sweet pickle relish so I substituted for dill pickle relish and I used chives instead of sweet onion, I also forgot the celery, but it was still delicious😋5/5*

  115. Can’t wait to make this tonight! Sounds wonderful. And to the “new Englander” that posted…the  “New England style” potato salad sounds borrrring. Bet if you served both styles, the “southern style” would go faster.

  116. Wow – this potato salad tastes AMAZING. I read through many of the comments. I like vinegar and tang – so I added 3T. apple cider vinegar, 1.5 tsp sugar, 1.5 tsp salt. I used scallions instead of red onions.

    At first I was weary of the mayo and relish like some ppl said.. so I started w/ 1 cup mayo and 1/2 cup chopped up bread/butter pickles (all the relishes had high fructose corn syrup). But it was the tiniest bit dry.. so I added the rest (another cup mayo and another 1/2 cup pickles + juice).

    It tastes VERY good. I think I could add more vinegar, salt, and pickles; but I’m going to see how it is tmrw and tweak as needed.

    Thanks for this amazing recipe!!

  117. Delish! A keeper!

  118. I didn’t think anyone could top my Grandma’s potato salad. Your mom’s recipe certainly did! I made it exactly as directed except I used dried dill because I couldn’t get fresh. Came out fabulous. Def my go to recipe from here on out. Thank you for sharing! 

  119. Fantastic! Thank you for sharing

  120. Hey this is MY mom’s recipe. Just joking but it is very close.   Right down to the celery seed.  Thanks for sharing.  I used your mom’s recipe and it was fabulous!

  121. Excellent salad. However, I did not find it easier to peel the potatoes after boiling. I actually started laughing at how messy my hands and cutting board were… I quit halfway through and just left the skins on half. I’m curious if you have a special way to do this? Next time, I’ll skin them first. 

  122. Everything is good except the amount of relish, which made the flavor far too pickly. I would recommend cutting the relish down to 2/3 cup.

  123. I was shocked that you added pickle relish to potato salad. Yuck. No. Bad. You left out the boiled eggs and onion. But your spice mix is the best.

    • I was shocked to see that you are a proof reader when clearly you did not read this recipe correctly, for if you had you would’ve seen that she did NOT leave out the eggs or the onions. 

  124. Easy and very delicious!!!  

  125. Wouldn’t it be easier to peel and chop potatoes BEFORE boiling? Is there a reason it must be done after?

  126. I usually don’t like potato salads but this is recipe is delicious. Thanks for the recipe. The only thing I altered was using a little celery seed and added sugar. Amazing! 

  127. This was my first time making potato salad. This recipe is amazing. Might be the best potato salad I’ve ever tried. Thanks for sharing!

  128. First time making potato salad. This recipe is amazing! Might be the best potato salad I’ve ever had. Thanks for sharing

  129. Excellent potato salad. It reminds me of the one my mom used to make. Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely keep this one if the recipe book. 

  130. This recipe is SO delicious. I saved it so that I can make it again. The dill adds the perfect touch. I’m not a fan of sweet pickle relish so I only used half at first but then ended up using the whole amount that the recipe called for because the sauce tasted great. I already can’t wait to make it again! The next time I make it, I’ll definitely do it the night before because I know potato salad always tastes better the next day. 

  131. Tried this recipe for my first time making potato salad, and everyone loved it!!!!! I’m already on my 2nd batch in 3 days. I used Dill relish instead of sweet, doubled the amount of hard boiled eggs, and used 2-3 tablespoons of fresh Dill. I mixed 1/2 in and put the other half on top.  

  132. I really hope my mom doesn’t see this. I’ve been eating the same potato salad for the last 47 years and it’s very good. This is better. I went with the Hellman’s mayonnaise even though I normally would use Miracle Whip and I halved the recipe as there’s just two of us eating it. I split the mustard half and half between yellow and stone-ground and I replace the diced onion with a healthy sprinkle of onion powder only because if I eat raw onions that’s all I can taste. This is my new go-to recipe. Well done and thanks for sharing!

  133. There is way too much mayo and sweet relish in this

    • Hi Jennie. I’m not trying to insult you, but have you thought of using less mayo and relish in the potato salad? If there’s a recipe that looks good, but has too much of something – or an ingredient I don’t care for, then I omit it – or add less or more of something that suits my taste. Again, not trying to be demeaning; just giving a simple tip. I’m sure you could make it again with less mayo and relish with fantastic results. 

  134. This recipe lives up to its title…its the best mustard based potato salad recipe.  Thank you!!!

  135. OMG! I just made this fabulous potatoe salad ! Wonderful flavor, great texture, eye appeal galore! All my family will be sure to get recipe! Thank you! Thank you!

  136. This was really good. Great in fact, and my goodness how helpful that I can adjust the serving size I need to make since it’s only 2 of us. I didn’t have dill or paprika but still great. 

  137. Was browsing for an easy potatoe salad recipe because I never thought I could get it right. I came across this and Lord it didn’t disappoint.
    It came out creamy and very flavorful the only thing I omitted was the dill I don’t care for the taste of it. This is my new go to recipe and so glad I came upon it.

  138. I just made this yesterday and since I’m in a family of 3 I halved the recipe. It turned out great and still makes plenty for 3 people and more. Super tasty!

  139. Delicious!

  140. Perfect recipe and the dressing is creamy and coats the potatoes perfectly. I’ve made this twice in the past month and it tastes even better after sitting in the fridge overnight. I didn’t have any relish so I chopped up sweet pickles and added the pickle juice. The second time I made it, I didn’t have any celery but had jicama and used that instead and it provided the perfect crunch! This recipe is so versatile and it is the dressing that makes it! I can’t wait to share at a family event, hopefully soon!

  141. Just made this and it was amazing 

  142. Recipe should not include salt measurements in the instructions. When you change number of servings, the math doesn’t carry though to the instructions, only the ingredient list. I now have twice as much salt as I should in my recipe. It’s still edible though and with the right amount of salt, it will be a very good recipe.

  143. Made this exactly as written. It was excellent. My husband could have eaten the entire bowl. With social distancing it’s just the two of us but we polished it off in two days. 

  144. So Good! I don’t make potato salad but wanted to try. I just happened upon this recipe and I do not regret trying it. Very easy recipe to follow. I omitted the celery seed (not a fan) and didn’t add all the relish. Even with the adjustments, this recipe was a hit and is now my new favorite go to for cook outs. 

  145. Thank you for sharing this recipe! This is the second time I’ve made it and I can say for certain that it’s the best potato salad I’ve ever eaten. I will be using this as my go to from now on. The flavors really are incredible together. I follow the instructions exactly but add more eggs. I love boiled eggs I potato salad so I double the amount. I agree with others that the dill, apple cider vinegar,celery seed and paprika make the dish!

  146. I didn’t change a thing about this recipe and it was Fantastic! Makes a ton of salad, so it’s perfect for parties or even just to feed your family for a few days.

  147. The dressing is so good!!!! I follow the recipe using mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, parprika,and a some sugar. That’s it! Mix it with mashed potato and also macaroni :))))

  148. This was my first attempt at potato salad and I will definitely make it again. Terrific flavour and easy to put together.

  149. Seriously the best dang potato salad I’ve ever made and ever had!!!! I’ve always had issues making the potatos just right. Her suggestions worked perfectly! I will never use another recipe again. Perfect as written!!!

  150. Added some jalapeno relish along with the regular pickle relish. There is only one problem with this potato salad – getting it to stay around until day 2 for the flavors to blend and “marry.” It has never lasted past day 1.

  151. Great recipe! I followed this almost exactly (eyeballs the relish and whatnot). Just tried a taste and already it may be the best potato salad I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to see what is tastes like for Mother’s Day tomorrow after a little refrigeration time. Thanks for the extra tips lime salting the water to boil the potatoes in. I think it’s tips like these that make all the difference!

  152. I have tried your potato salad recipe and this recipe is very easy to make. Thanks for sharing this post with all of us.

  153. Delish!

  154. Delicious, easy to make. I omitted celery and substitute celery seeds with grounded coriander seeds.

  155. Loved it!

  156. It’s been ages since I last made a potato salad, was browsing for recipes and found this one! 
    I was fasting so I couldn’t taste the seasoning to check if it’s ok, but I carried on following the instructions exactly like it is. Refrigerated for 4 hours and when it comes to dinner time, my husband loved it! I was shocked myself that it’s that good! Thank you for the recipe! This definitely stay in my favourite list! 

  157. Seriously the best potato salad I’ve ever made! I improvised a bit – no eggs, and I added green onions. I also chopped the onions and celery super tiny small. Lastly, I added about a teaspoon of white sugar. We like it less chunky and a bit more sweet. But, it is the best! Today is the second time I’ve made it since we have been under quarantine. Once we are able to gather, I will also make this for our next party : ) Thank you!

  158. I made  this twice.  First time, we only had 3  pounds of potatoes and didn’t measure the ingredients.  It was okay and showed promise for my second attempt.  On my second attempt, I used the proper measurements, but substituted russet baking potatoes.  It turned out GREAT!  And, know that you will have a LOT of salad when done.  Ours weighed in at 7 pounds 10 ounces.  This is a super receipe, and if you follow it,  you will have a very tasty and satisfying dish.  

  159. I didn’t have celery but this was amazing. So happy I followed this specific recipe. Loved the taste and the potatoes were the perfect texture.

  160. Very tasty made this for a BBQ and it went down a treat definitely make it the day before to bring it out at its best 

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  162. I use a bit of leftover hollandaise from eggs benedict. I am likely to make the pot sal after breakfest and refridgerate until following day. Always red onions.

  163. This is a great recipe. I overcooked my potatoes just a bit so it was more mushy that I had liked. Tip: the potatoes will continue to cook so really stick to the 13 minutes suggested if you want crisp potatoes in your salad. One more pro tip: I purchase store-bought, pre-packaged hard boiled eggs. One less step and they are just as good in my opinion.

    Delicious and will make again, yum!

  164. I use this same recipe but I add equal parts sweet / dill relish and also add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

  165. The potato salad was DELICIOUS! I didn’t have any dill (Shelter in Place) and was worried it wouldn’t have enough ZING! I was wrong- It was superb! The apple cider vinegar and celery seed are a MUST. Thanks for the recipe!

  166. I have not made potato salad in 40 years. I live alone and really had no reason to make it. But fingerling potatoes were on sale 2 bags for $5. By the time I finished the first bag, the second bag was at the edge of old. So I found this recipe and used it. I added a little horseradish sauce. I can tell you it worked perfectly and it tasted delicious.

  167. Your moms potato salad is way better than my moms potato salad!

  168. This was probably the best potato salad I have ever tried! During this corona virus quarantene I’ve had the opportunity to make alot of dishes and family raved about this the most so far. It was very simply to make. I wouldn’t change a thing on the recipe. My family of four ate a lot of it for dinner and then the next morning our kids pushed aside the Coco Puffs to only finish off potato salad. This is a must try!

  169. Great recipe!  I actually veganized it by using a vegan mayo, and some seasoned and sautéed tofu to replace the hard boiled egg.  Surely a little different from the original, but I’m telling you, this one’s gonna be a crowd pleaser.

  170. I haven’t had a potato salad in ages and it’s about to change after reading this post. You’re that good! Bookmarking this and gonna make some this week.

  171. My grandmother made a fantastic potato salad and this recipe is prit near the exact same thing. She also didn’t measure, but cooked by feel and taste. I made this and could have eaten the WHOLE bowl by myself. I did use yukon potatoes, because I prefer a firmer potato salad. Russets are better for a Baked potato salad. I didn’t have relish, so chopped bread and butter pickles. I did prefer the apple cider vinegar (vs white distilled–nice switch) and of course French’s yellow! Just perfect. I share with my younger sister who has been asking for our grandma’s version. Thanks for putting this in print!

  172. Oh my goodness!!! This dish right here!!!! Something serious!!! My family loved it!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Muah 😘 

  173. Not sure why we’re not peeling the potatoes first, that’s much easier than trying to do it while they’re hot.
    its delish though

  174. I made my russet potatoes in my Instant Pot PERFECT! 8 min and quick release. I had the peeled and cut up before cooking.
    I use this recipe, but no celery, I always add 1 T of sugar, and cut up some red pepper.

  175. Absolutely delicious and ez 

  176. Nope. We New Englanders love our simple tartar sauce: mayo and sweet relish. But we eat it on our fish and chips only. Keep the damn sweet relish out of our potato salad.
    MY mom’s version is pure with no busy and unnecessary ingredients. Yes, to most of your ingredients, gotta have the eggs and sprinkled paprika and celery seeds. But please, no mustard, no tartar sauce, no dill, no onions. Heck, I could eat it with just potatoes, eggs and mayo!
    And always russets.

  177. Best thing in the kitchen!! I used russets potatoes and they were just as good I don’t use celery but every other ingredient was in my mix I love it And my family also loved it we are making this again!! Delicious 😋 

  178. This recipe is amazing. All of the flavors combined are incredible. Even better than my mom’s – don’t tell her!! This is now my go-to recipe. 

  179. These are the same ingredients I use to make potato salad (not sure of measurements because I never use measuring cups and minus the dill garnish and I use vinegar from the relish). My children will rarely eat any other type. Anyone that eats it at my house always asks for the recipe. I will give them yours since I don’t have recipes. 

  180. I just made this receipt over the weekend. I followed the recipe exactly but added an additional boiled egg because I love them. It was the best potato salad I have ever had. I ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner tonight (yikes). My friend came and took half of it home with her. I definitely did the 1/2 dijon and 1/2 yellow mustard. I used a yellow onion instead of sweet as that is all I had. I did not cut the potatoes in perfect sizes when boiling. I liked the consistency, some were al dente and some were crumbly. Perfect bites to me! Thank you for sharing!

  181. Love it! My wife has a gluten allergies and sometimes it’s hard to find good potato salad over the Counter. As we are in quarantine i made this for her and loved it! She said it’s delicious. Even my daughter who is a picky eater with potato salad had 2 portions.

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  183. Excellent. I used new potatoes and let them cook slow and low removed some peels, and it came out amazing!! They were all I had and I refuse to go to store during this time of quarantine.  Thank you for the recipe!! 

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  185. I am 53 years old and have eaten lots of potato salad.  This is hands-down the best I have ever had.  Sorry Mom! 

  186. This is pretty much how I make mine too with a couple twists. I use both zesty garlic dills cut up and sweet gherkins cut up as it adds a great dill/sweet note and crunch. I also put in juice from pickles. Sometimes will use the dill juice sometimes sweet pickle. I do add garlic/onion powder too. That’s what I love about great recipes. You can add/subtract/ change it up or stick strictly to it!
    I also sometimes wondering about the best ways to use the bbq grillware to make sides at a barbecue! Will definitely have to try this!

  187. As usual, I am making a potato salad to use up 4 older russet potatoes because the eyes are starting to grow. Of course, I cut them out. I also threw in a half dozen different types of small potatoes that came to about 2lbs. This Website’s servings calculator came in handy.
    The only other deviations I made from your recipe were using some sour cream with the mayonase and half dill pickle with the sweet pickle.
    Tastes yummy already even before cooling.

  188. Simple easy delicious Ty:)

  189. Yummy recipe! I added in basil and parsley from my garden and some garlic

  190. This recipe looks a lot like the potato salads we do here in Brazil! I have a special hint for you: try to put some sliced apples in your potato salad (either fuji ou green apple) It’ll definitely put your potato salad in a whole other level!!!

  191. I made this with a bit of a modification last night for our bbq and they all said it was the best potato salad they ever had. So glad I used this recipe

    • as I go along I am reading the other reviews they posted their modifications these were mine. I used less mayo to make it a little dry no eggs because I dont like them, no onion because others at the bbq dont like them and extra dill, I didnt have any celery seeds and only one stalk so there was that. I did everything else it said it turned out great every one ate it even seconds were taken by people that dont like potato salad. awesome recipe will use again

  192. I have made this fabulous recipe probably 10 times by now, though I might add slightly more onion and egg ! It has always been a marvelous hit and the quintessential potato salad recipe I use in my decades of cooking!

  193. I made this yesterday afternoon , I dont like Dill so I didn’t use it, but made it exactly like the recipe, I had to cut back on everything because there are only 2 of us. but it turned out great,
    this potato salad was delicious ! Even my husband who doesn’t usually eat it said it was really good . I give it 5 stars . My Mother always made good potato salad too, but she passed away 3 years ago. .

  194. This recipe is the bomb! I used to think my mom’s potato salad was the best, but no more. I used chopped up bread and butter sweet pickles with the juice instead of the pickle relish, omitted the celery seeds as I didn’t have any, mixed 1/2 cup light miracle whip with 1 1/2 cup light mayo to give a little more tanginess, and a little extra chopped dill. Used 4 boiled eggs, could have added another.
    We love deviled egg potato salad, and this has the rich flavor and also such a creamy consistency. A winner!

  195. An ABSOLUTELY terrific recipe!  Huge hit with my family.   A definite keeper for the future!  Thank you!

  196. This is how I have always made my potato salad too. Then only difference is I coat the potatoes while they warm with a little bit of butter then I add the eggs, celery, onions and dill and cover over night letting the flavors meld. The next day I add dressing and relish or sweet pickles or bread and butter pickles. I find it adds an extra subtle flavor to it. Also the dressing doesn’t make the potatoes mushy. 
    Looking back over your recipe the other differences is I cook the potatoes in their skins and peel while hot. 
    I know this recipe is excellent I have been serving it for over 35 years! Good job!!!

  197. prepare esta delicia de ensalada.y es una de Las mejores que he preparado.me he quedado con ella para siempre

  198. I just had my first bite so I know a day or two in the fridge is going to make it the best.

    I submit the following for consideration. I used pickled spicy quail eggs over regular, instead of relish I used diced pickles I had made and since the brine included apple cider I substituted that. I know I went off the beaten path but felt creative today.

  199. I loved it so much that I use this recipe as first post on my own cooking blog. I put a link to yours, and mix a but stuff because it’s hard to find some stuff in France, but it’s the best recipe I used. And I ate a LOT of potatoes salads 😂

  200. The baton has been passed. My grandmother used to make THE BEST potato salad. My aunt was a close second. For any party or picnic, grandma, then later auntie, would be charged with bringing potato salad because no one else could compare. Well, I made this salad two days ago and served it to my aunt yesterday at a luncheon. She said she’s passing the baton to me – said this was the best she has tasted and so now I’ll be the potato salad bringer. (I guess that’s a good thing). I followed recipe exactly but couldn’t find the “good” refrigerated sweet relish so used about a tablespoon store-brand sweet relish off the shelf (not the refrigerated variety) and then diced claussen dill pickles to make up the rest. It came out really good.

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  202. I do not like potatosalad. I had never made potato salad. Every New Years we have a pot luck family dinner with extended family members. I was randomly assigned to make potato salad. I used this recipe to make it for the first time. I was cautiously optimistic as to whether people would like it. I even made a little note saying it was my first time. Turns out everyone absolutely loved it and even liked it better than the other version that was brought. I was very surprised. Clearly this recipe is a winner!  Highly recommended.  

  203. Truly is the BEST potato salad recipe ever! No joke! Amazing.

  204. Made this to go with some BBQ ribs and the potato salad is 💣BOMB💣 !!! I followed the recipe without any deviation and it is without a doubt the best I’ve ever had!
    Five star and two thumbs up!!!


  206. Yes potato salad and deviled eggs are 2 of my favorite things to make for the holidays hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁 

  207. My go to recipe for potato salad! So delicious! Thank you for sharing. 

  208. Best potato salad EVER!! (sorry mom)  I had to cut back on the amounts in this recipe because I made a smaller potato salad but when all these ingredients are combined it makes a truly special dish for anytime!! You’ll love it!!

  209. My family loves this recipe  the bowl is empty every time.  F or Thanksgiving I’ll be the hit of side dishes!! Thank u so much for sharing grandma delicious potato salad❤️

    • I couldn’t find the refrigerated relish so I used regular sweet relish. I’m not sure if it is more potent than the refrigerated kind, but the sweet pickle taste is overpowering the potato salad. I added two dill spears and a little more mustard but the sweet pickle is still the dominant flavor. Any suggestions on how to mellow it? 

  210. My husband loved this. It took me back to when my sister made potato salad and it was delicious.

  211. This potato salad is delicious! I will make this again and again. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  212. First time making potato salad ( always had someone bring it). This recipe was perfect. Great consistency and flavor.  Made exactly as directed (half Dijon and half yellow mustard). Now I know I can do it and will definitely make again. 

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  214. I love to cook and I’m always looking for new recipes for my menu, which makes me always interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, The Best Potato Salad Recipe is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like it. Thanks for your sharing

  215. This is the best I’ve ever made or tasted. I’m calling it Crack Potato Salad it’s that addictive. Thank your mother for me!!!!

  216. Yes, l did. And it turned out to be exactly what is said ” BEST Potato salad EVER !!!!!👍👍

  217. Well, I have never liked boiled eggs in my potato salad. Honestly, I am not a big fan of potato salad at all. It is either to sweet or just bland. That being said, my husband wanted to make some yesterday. I found your recipe and ask him to use it. You have converted me! I even had some for breakfast this morning. Not to sweet, not to bland, just perfect! This recipe is THE keeper. Thank you, so much.

  218. Perfect taste! I only had white potatoes so next time zi will use the gold, though I cannot imagine it tasting any better plus it’s easy to make! Thank you for sharing!

  219. Tried it and it was excellent. Thank you for sharing

  220. Absolutely , hands down the BEST potato salad recipe ever! This is now my go to potato salad recipe. Thank you!

  221. Thanks for the tip about not using new potatoes. That makes sense when I consider ones that I have enjoyed or those that felt lacking.

    Whether I get the rest of it right remains to be seen.

  222. Wow…in 40+ years of cooking, this is the best mayonnaise-based potato salad recipe I have ever made. Even my husband commented on how good it was.  Will be my “go to” recipe going forward.  

  223. I love this recipe. Made a few changes, but mainly I let the potatoes cool before mixing in the dressing. Also, I stirred in a couple of tablespoons of vinegar separately to the potatoes while they were cooling. This helps them absorb more of the flavor. Two cups of mayo is too much for me, so I cut it back. Delicious!

  224. Bravo! I had a hankering yesterday for a traditional potato salad and did a search for some guidance. So delighted I found your recipe! Followed it to the letter (used Hellman’s mayonnaise) and the result was indeed, the BEST as promised! My husband loved it and said it will be our “go to” now. High praise indeed.

  225. Great recipe. Goes great with barbecue ribs! We’ll be making this one again.

  226. Has anyone tried to freeze this recipe? 

  227. My husband loved it, my friend loved it, her family loved it and most importantly,  I loved it.

    Next time I will add some bacon cause a YOLO. 

    This is the best potato salad recipe I ever came across! Thank you for sharing! 

  228. I’ve made southern potato salad for 50 years, and have never used a recipe. But, just to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks I followed your  recipe more or less exactly because it really sounded good. I did soak the onions in dill pickle juice as recommended by one reviewer because I usually soak onions in ice water for 20 minutes or so if using them raw. It really does mellow out the bite especially with red onions. I also used plain yellow mustard- no Dijon. Well, the potato salad is absolutely delicious! It’s in the fridge now for tomorrow night’s cookout and my family will be so surprised that I’ve changed it up.  Thank you for a wonderful recipe!!!

  229. This recipe is as good as it gets when it comes to potato salad. A Grade. Here are my suggestions and how I tweaked it that knocked my socks off because all of us sitting out here think they know how to get an A +….heh? 1) Drop what you’re doing and actually go to the market and buy Celery Seed and buy Apple Cider Vinegar and don’t substitute….!!! These two ingredients make it spectacular – so don’t be crying on here later wondering when something went wrong. You’re nothing but a lazy low life without a chip in the game if you miss this step. Whew! 2) I went with peeled red potatoes the last 6 times I made it and found it didn’t break the recipe. 3) Stick with 100% Yellow Mustard no Dijon mix. 4) It’s OK to be a little heavy handed on the Apple Cider Vinegar and Paprika….wink, wink. 5) Finally, hate to loose some of you…..Never been a fan of the Dill…..so I left that out. Apologies to Mom. (an extra celery stalk or an extra egg won’t get you killed, I promise….)
    Tasting it warm will vibrate your taste buds leaving you on the verge of euphoria. Waiting the next day, stirring and tasting will have you pumping your fists all the while doing your touchdown dance. Enjoy…!

  230. Best potato salad. Even my kids who don’t like potato salad enjoyed it. I did add some chopped dill pickles and some of the dill pickle juice, about a half of cup. It added a nice additional crunch.

  231. My mom’s potato salad is “magical” as well. She never uses a recipe but I know the basic ingredients and they are pretty much identical to yours. I did learn one tip a few years ago that i added: chop the onions (I like vidalia or purple) fine, then soak them in pickle juice for a while, drain, then add. It takes the raw bite out of the onion but keeps most of the crunch and adds a nice dill flavor to the potato salad. All this makes me hungry!

  232. Is there a reason you don’t peel the potatoes first? 

    • Hi Patty – Just decided to chime in here on my own. I could not fathom trying to peel after they’ve been boiled. I’ve always peeled first and then boiled. It’s worked every time for me. Just an F.Y.I.

    • My mom always boiled then peeled. In fact, she liked to peel them while they were hot. So I have followed her method with one exception. I boil mine with the peel on then refrigerate overnight to cool them so they are easier to peel.

    • Hi Patty,

      I just find it’s less work to pull them off after cooking. And it also gives you the option to leave some in if you like the texture.

  233. Co-workers loved it for our office potluck!

  234. Great and healthy salad, look so good. I will try it soon thanks a lot.

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  236. Has anyone tried using  chopped dill pickles with this recipe?  My family prefers dill over sweet and I was hoping it will still taste as delish. 

    • I only had 1/2 cup sweet relish, so I substituted finely diced dill spears for the other half. It came out great.

    • Hey Lisa! Just used chopped petite kosher dill pickles yesterday when making this recipe – turned out amazing! My family also prefers dill over sweet pickles. I also added a tbsp. of the pickle juice to make up for the lost sweet relish liquid. I read these comments beforehand and also used the one tip I saw for soaking the chopped onions in pickle juice (3 tbsp) for 1/2 hour before adding them to the salad.
      – Cheers! Tim

    • Yes, I added about three finely chopped dill pickle spears. Perfect.

    • I like your recipe since it rivals my own. However, I too have received rave reviews for my potato salad. I also boil the potatos with the skin and peel when cooled, I omit vinegar and celery. I use red and green bell peppers, onions, eggs, small leaf parsley, mustard, mayonnaise, India pickle relish, paprika , salt and pepper and my special ingredient of Wishbone Thousand island dressing. Mix all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and then add to the vegetables and eggs mix everything together and chill it before serving

  237. Wonderful! Great tips, and my best potato salad, EVER!

  238. My husband loves potato salad and wanted to make something different from the traditional. We made this together and it was fun and delicious and if you use gluten free condiments gluten free as well! Love it! We added everything including regular celery as well as celery seed and the onions and eggs !

  239. I would not know how to improve this recipe. It is truly perfection.

  240. Very close to my version.

    Regarding the onion debate; always some green onion BUT
    I like to add either some bacon bits or crispy pork belly bits. And in the fat, be it bacon or PB, simmer the sweet white onions until just clear. This sweetens them. I’ll leave the bit of crunch to the bacon and celery.

  241. Made this for a 4th of July family reunion, not a bit leftover. I wasn’t to sure of the apple cider vinegar but it all tasted amazing !! Family loved it ! Thank you so much for the recipe….

  242. Great recipe, awesome flavor. Made it for July 4th, 2019. My boyfriend loved it and will definitely make it again. Love the idea of sweet relish. I am not a fan of potato salad but this one is delicious, a little spicy and not overly dressed. Thank you for sharing .

    • I madd this amazing potato salad as a side dish for thanksgiving and turned out beautiful and amazingly delicious!

  243. This is an outstanding dish. I came home from the office, goggled potato salad recipe, found this one a hour and a half later I was out the door. I had an empty dish to come home from the pot luck. Very. very delicious and as the majority at the meeting were men, very popular with the guys. You would never know how easy this is to make and how good it tastes. My mother used to make a cooked sauce and it took a long time with a dozen ingredients. I highly recommend this excellent recipe.

  244. I made this potato salad for the 4th of July and it was delicious. Not too sweet, not too salty. The onions and celery provide a nice subtle crunch, while the hard-boiled eggs enhance the creaminess of the potatoes. My supermarket didn’t have Yukon Gold potatoes, but they did have Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes which I used as a substitute. I quartered the baby potatoes and left the skins on, which contributed a lot of texture to the salad. I’ll be saving this recipe for future use!

  245. I made this potato salad and it was delicious! Thanks