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Mom’s Creamy Potato Salad has the perfect balance of flavor – not too much mayo, and a whole lot of other delicious flavors are necessary to create the ultimate potato salad recipe everyone will love. 

Mom's creamy potato salad.

This may very well be the best potato salad recipe you will ever find. It has the perfect blend of flavors without too much mayo for the ultimate potato salad recipe that can please everyone in a crowd. Don’t believe us? We promise, just give it a try and you will see what all of the hype is about. Not a potato salad fan? Well, let’s just say that not all potato salads are created equal. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried this recipe!

Do you cut the potatoes before boiling them for potato salad?

You can actually cut the potatoes before or after boiling to make the potato salad, depending on personal preference. Cutting your potatoes before hand will require far less boiling time to make the potatoes tender so it is the preferred method for most.

What potatoes are best for potato salad?

Yukon gold and red potatoes are the best kind of potatoes to use to make potato salad. There are other similar varieties that will work as well. You want a potato with a thin skin and waxy flesh. Russet potatoes are not a good option for potato salad as they tend to fall apart.

How long do you boil eggs for potato salad?

Hard boiled eggs work best for potato salad. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil, cover the pan, and remove it from the heat. Let sit for 10 minutes for the perfect hard boiled egg. Cool immediately. For more information on how to boil eggs, please see this article.

How do you cool potatoes?

Cool potatoes by running them under cold water. Be sure to use a gentle flow of water, and not a hard spray that could rip the potatoes apart.

Overhead view of a bowl of creamy potato salad.

Storage Instructions:

Potato salad is best eaten fresh. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

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Mom's creamy potato salad.
Mom's Creamy Potato Salad has the perfect balance of flavor - not too much mayo, and a whole lot of other delicious flavors are necessary to create the ultimate potato salad recipe everyone will love. 
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
  • 2 pounds red potatoes diced
  • 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 4 ribs celery diced
  • 4 hard boiled eggs roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add in diced potatoes and cook until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well and rinse with cold water to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add in cooled potatoes with bacon (optional), onion, celery, and eggs.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, cider vinegar, dill, sugar, mustard, relish, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over potatoes and toss until combined and everything is well coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.


Calories: 694kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 1206mg | Potassium: 984mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 16.2mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potato Salad
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