How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe

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How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe (Mom's Recipe)
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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. Mom makes a traditional mustard, pickle, and hard boiled egg potato salad. 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 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. 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 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 refrigerated kind that tastes fresh and stays firm. If you can’t find it, finely dice firm refrigerated sweet pickles instead.

How To Make: The Best Potato Salad Recipe Ever

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 zippy bite, and fresh chopped dill for an 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 possibly before meal time.

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!

How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe

Yield: 16+ servings

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

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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!


  • 5 pounds Yukon Gold or Klondike Goldust potatoes
  • 2 cups mayonnaise (your favorite brand)
  • 1 cup refrigerated sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard (or 1 part yellow + 1 part dijon)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4-5 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Cut the potatoes into quarters and place them in a large stock pot. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ok 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.
  4. 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.

NOTES: 1) If you can’t find golden potatoes, use russets. 2) For best flavor, make your potato salad a day ahead.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 16+ servings, Serving Size: 1/16th recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 250 Calories
  • Total Fat: 11.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 49mg
  • Sodium: 448mg
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 4.3g
  • Sugar: 8.5g
  • Protein: 3.9g
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17 comments on “How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe

  1. Maria Lichtyposted March 22, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply

    I love dill in my potato salad!

  2. Robyn Helmsposted March 22, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply

    Well, my Mom’s recipe is better than yours! LOL She uses pickle juice instead of the vinegar, she’s almost world famous! People love it and try to figure out the secret. I love it with apple cider vinegar as well!

    • Sommerposted March 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply

      I don’t know… I’m going to have to try the pickle juice trick and taste for myself! ;) ;)

      • Momposted March 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

        Well Sommer’s Mom uses pickle juice at times as well.

    • Juanita JONESposted May 28, 2017 at 7:53 am Reply

      I will love to see your mom recipe for the potatoe salad

  3. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted March 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm Reply

    Nice potato salad!

    Rating: 5
  4. Tammyposted March 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Sounds very similar to my mom’s potato salad (and hers is pretty darn good too), however she uses a couple grated or chopped dill pickles instead of relish. And for myself, I can’t stomach onions of any kind in my potato salad (they just don’t agree with me) so I put diced celery in mine for the crunch…

  5. Gaby Dalkinposted March 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm Reply

    This potato salad recipe is a MUST try!

    Rating: 5
  6. Marla Meridithposted March 23, 2017 at 11:55 pm Reply

    This looks completely delicious!

  7. Barbposted March 26, 2017 at 11:31 am Reply

    Your potato salad is very similar to my mother’s as well. I do like the finishing touch of dill, which I will try today, as I have a potluck tomorrow. I’m so tired of potlucks having potato salad from the local grocery store and the potatoes are so hard! I will be putting this one together today. BTW: Is it smoky or sweet paprika?
    (I’m tempted to add a bit of cardamom. What do you think?)

    Rating: 5
  8. Julie | Table for Twoposted March 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Potato Salad – nothing like a perfect summer dish!

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  10. Rachaelposted April 21, 2017 at 10:24 pm Reply

    Wow, I can already tell this is the potato salad of my dreams. You had me at yellow mustard LOL. Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait to make this!!

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  12. Vivian L Easterposted February 21, 2018 at 4:02 pm Reply

    I Used Dill Pickles, 1/2 Cup It was Amazing!

  13. Parkerposted May 8, 2018 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Reduced the relish to a couple tbsp.  it was the best I’ve had in a long time !

    Rating: 5
  14. Davidposted June 17, 2018 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Love the sound of the recipe but please can you enlighten an Engishman and explain what sweet pickle relish is or similar to? Seems like an important part of the whole

    many thanks