Potato Salad Recipe

Old Fashioned Potato Salad with mayonnaise and vinegar dressing.

Potato Salad Recipe is an old fashioned potato salad with mayonnaise, mustard, eggs, pickles, vegetables and vinegar.

Potatoes are valuable in meal planning because they can be prepared in a myriad of ways; baked, boiled, roasted, or grilled for salads, sides or soups.

They are commercially grown in every state in the USA making them plentiful for all seasons.

Old Fashioned 
Potato Salad Recipe

  • 4 cups water

  • 6 cups peeled and cubed white potatoes (about 3 lbs.)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (more if needed)

  • 4 hard boiled eggs, (3 finely chopped - 1 sliced and reserved for garnish)

  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles

  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice

  • 4 tablespoons red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons diced celery

  • 3 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon malt vinegar (can use apple cider vinegar)

  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard

  • lettuce (optional)

  • sliced fresh tomatoes for garnish (optional) (can use whole cherry or grape tomatoes)

Bring water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan.

Stir in potatoes and bring back to a boil.

To prepare dressing, put the mayonnaise in a small mixing bowl.

Add chopped eggs, pickles, pickle juice, bell peppers, vinegar, and mustard.

Mix all together.

Salad may be served immediately or chilled in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, place a lettuce leaf in the center of a salad plate, spoon the salad on top and garnish with sliced tomatoes, if desired.

This Potato Salad Recipe goes well with Baked Ham, Baked or Roasted Chicken and Turkey.

It goes especially well with our BBQ Chicken Recipe.

There are many versions of old fashioned potato salad.

Most contain the same basic ingredients of cooked potatoes, mayonnaise dressing, pickles, onion, and eggs.

Yet, they taste different.

There is usually a predominate ingredient such as pickles, celery, or mustard, etc.

I have never liked a lot of mustard in my potato salad except for my daughters version.

However, many folks don't like any recipe  without an abundance of yellow mustard.

So mustard lovers... this is for you.

Below is a slightly different Southern Potato Salad.

Southern Potato Salad Recipe

  • 4 cups cubed white potatoes (I think Russet Potatoes are best)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon yellow prepared mustard

  • 1/4 cup chopped pimento

  • 1/4 cup diced celery

  • 1/4 cup chopped onions (I use red onion for color)

  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet salad cube pickles, with juice

  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped

Peel (or can leave unpeeled) potatoes.

Cut into medium size cubes. Place in a saucepan.

Cover well with water.

Stir in salt.

Place lid on pan.

Bring to boil on medium heat.

Reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until of they reach the softness you prefer.

While potatoes are cooking, mix rest of ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl, except the potatoes.

Fold in chopped eggs and set aside in the refrigerator.

When potatoes are done, drain and cool.

Fold them into the dressing and egg mixture.

Chill before serving.

Types Of Potatoes

The waxy type are preferred in making this Potato Salad Recipe.

They are high in moisture content and low in starch which helps them retain their shape after cooking.

That also helps eliminate the need for more dressings such as mayonnaise.

Non-waxy types are called mealy potatoes.

They are high in starch and low in moisture, making them dryer and mushy.

They are an excellent choice for mashed or baked potatoes where additional moisture like butter, milk, and sour cream are added.

Mealy types are best for frying and waxy ones are best for Hash Browns or Potato Pancakes.

The most common waxy types are new potatoes, red or white skinned and the mature red skinned rounds.

The most common mealy types are Idahos and Russets.

If you are having trouble identifying which is which, ask your produce supplier.


Save the Broth, from above drained potatoes, to help thicken and enhance homemade soups.

Add it to condensed soups like Cream of Chicken and Cream of Mushroom for a quick snack.

Potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates that supply energy, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, essential Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, niacin, and fiber plus nutrients in the eggs gives you powerful nutrition.

Hot Potato Salad Recipe

  • 1/2 lb. bacon

  • 1/3 cup bacon drippings

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar plus enough water to make 1/3 cup

  • 1 whole egg, slightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 5 cups diced and cooked white potatoes

  • 1/2 cup red, yellow or white chopped onion

Cook bacon crisp and crumble it. Save drippings.

Mix together vinegar plus the water, egg, sugar and salt in a pan. 

Heat and stir until it is thickened. 

Fold in crumbled bacon, cooked potatoes and raw onions.

Toss your salad.

Heat it until hot and serve it while or hot or warm. 

Can cool and store in refrigerator and heat later to serve.

History Of Potato Salad

European settlers first introduced potato salad recipes to America.

The recipes became popular here in the middle of the 1800s. 

Cold potato salad like most of us Americans prefer today, came from the British and French recipes. 

Germans preferred the Hot Potato Salad version that was made with a hot vinegar and bacon dressing. 

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