How To Make The Best Potato Salad Recipe

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

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: 16

  • 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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14 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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