Old Fashioned Potato Salad

A Delicious Old Fashioned Potato Salad. No frills here. Just the way they’ve been making it for years.

bowl of potato salad

I think we can all agree that Potato Salad is a must at any BBQ, especially Memorial Day or July 4 BBQs. Just like its close cousin the Macaroni Salad, there’s always a debate on how wet/dry the salad should be. This Old Fashioned Potato Salad strikes a nice balance between the two.

You can easily control the “wetness” by the amount of mayonnaise you add to the potato mixture. Personally, I found that 1 ½ Cups of mayo gave me the consistency I wanted but you can add another ½ Cup or so to your personal liking.

potatoes in boiling water

Nothing fancy with this Old Fashioned Potato Salad, just a classic Potato Salad that you must make for your next BBQ.

old fashioned potato salad

Now you are probably wondering how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg. Here’s how I like to do it.

Fill a pot with cold water. Add the eggs ensuring they are covered with water. Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat and cover and let sit for 13 minutes. Not 12 minutes. Not 14 minutes. 13 minutes.

Remove the eggs from the pot and place them in an ice bath for 5 minutes. This will prevent the eggs from cooking further AND make them easier to peel. Voila!

potato salad on plate with ribs

You will need the following ingredients to make this Old Fashioned Potato Salad recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Potatoes, Sweet Onion, Hard Boiled Eggs, Sweet Dill Pickles, Dill Relish, Celery, Mayonnaise, Yellow Mustard, Salt & Pepper and Paprika.

  1. Boil the peeled and cubed potatoes in a 5-quart pot with a little salt added to the water. Boil for approximately 7 to 8 minutes (check for firmness around the 5-minute mark).
  2. Drain well and rinse in cold water so the potatoes stop cooking.
  3. In a small bowl, combine chopped onion and eggs. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine pickles, celery, salt and pepper, mustard and mayonnaise.
  4. Once the potatoes are cooled, fold in chopped onions and eggs. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the potato mixture and combine gently. At this point, if the salad seems dry, you can add additional mayonnaise.
  5. Garnish top with slices of hard-boiled eggs and sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

Printable Recipe Card

old fashioned potato salad

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

A Delicious Old Fashioned Potato Salad. No frills here. Just the way they've been making it for years.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time7 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 360 kcal

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Bowl for Mixing

Ingredients
 

  • 5 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 1 Small Sweet Onion, diced
  • 6 Hard-Boiled Eggs, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Sweet Dill Pickles, diced
  • ½ Cup Dill Relish
  • 1 Cup Celery, chopped
  • 1 ½ Cups Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Paprika

Instructions
 

  • Boil the peeled and cubed potatoes in a 5 quart pot with a little salt added to the water. Boil for approximately 7 to 8 minutes (check for firmness around the 5 minute mark).
  • Drain well and rinse in cold water so the potatoes stop cooking.
  • In a small bowl, combine chopped onion and eggs. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine pickles, celery, salt and pepper, mustard and mayonnaise.
  • Once potatoes are cooled, fold in chopped onions and eggs. Add mayonnaise mixture to potato mixture and combine gently. At this point if the salad seems dry, you can add additional mayonnaise.
  • Garnish top with slices of hard boiled eggs and sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

Notes

→ Make sure you don’t overcook or undercook the potatoes!

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 8gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 402mgPotassium: 883mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 210IUVitamin C: 23.3mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 6.7mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Sharon says:

    I made this potato salad for a birthday party. I could not find celery that was to my liking, so I substituted with radishes which also gave it colour. It was a great hit and even the 3 and 5 year old kids loved it. Will definately make it again.