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The Best Creamy Potato Salad has to have 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. 

Potato Salad Recipe

This may very well be the best potato salad recipe you’ll 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.

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.

Potato Salad

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The Best Creamy Potato Salad has to have 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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June 3, 2018 7:25 pm

5 stars
This dressing is absolutely AMAZING. I doubled the batch because I had a 4 pound bag of potatoes. It was so good. I love all your recipes. Keep doing what you do!!! ?

Sandra Klein
August 4, 2018 2:03 pm

5 stars
I’ve been making a similar recipe for decades but sans the relish, mustard and sugar. Also, I use fresh scallion greens rather than full onions as I find they don’t overpower the other flavors. Next to lasagna, it’s the most requested dish at gatherings of family and friends. Glad to see someone carrying on this great bacon and potato salad dish!

Jody Davis
June 25, 2019 12:21 am
Reply to  Sandra Klein

I love bacon Iv never used it in my potatoe saladbyd definitely Gona try this recipe! Thank you for sharing

deborah donnelly
May 31, 2018 1:31 am

I have made potato salad by ,ashing my potatoes after cooled & cooled then added the rest of ingredients,there is nothing worse for me than biting into a cold potato. I have had 2 nephews come for the summer & said they didn’t like my sisters salad,she is a better cook than I am,so I made the salad & asked the kids to try a tiny bit on a spoon,the oldest tried it the younger one watched him & said is it good,he said yeah really good. Those boys ate 3 helpings & I asked if there moms was like… Read more »

deborah donnelly
May 31, 2018 1:33 am

Mashing my potatoes,sorry for error Please correct

April 26, 2020 1:33 pm

4 stars
No kidding…biting into a cold potatoes makes my teeth itch. But I love warm or room temperature potato salad. I love the fresh dill as in this recipe and in addition to some mayo buttermilk is a great additive.

May 19, 2018 4:58 pm

5 stars
This is the best potato salad I have ever had!

Aurilia Mosley
May 27, 2020 7:28 pm

5 stars
I always used to think my potato salad was the best but after making this version, OMG!! Absolutely delicious! My hubby is fussy sometimes but he tasted this and really loved it! Thank you for sharing! I will be making this for years to come!!

June 7, 2018 9:10 pm

Do you peel the potatoes

Monica Dominique
May 24, 2018 2:48 pm

5 stars
love the reciepes My family loves to eat together we have try a few of your reciepes we love them all.
Thanks for sharing: sharing is caring

May 8, 2018 7:00 pm

I like diced pickles in my potatoe salad. How would you recommend adding them to this recipe? Which type of pickle do you think would work best in regards to taste and texture ?

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