To me the classic potato salad needs to have the right balance of sweet and savory, creamy, tender yet firm potatoes, and not an overload of mayonnaise. Let me show you How to Make the Classic Potato Salad. This is your new go to version.
A reader asked about the potato salad in the background of a photo from My Oven Fried Chicken (KFC Copycat) recipe that I posted the other day. I looked on the site and realized I never have posted this one for you guys, so here it is!
The classic potato salad is always one dish you can rely on to be at that family potluck, picnic or party.
This is my go to version and I love to use red potatoes, but you can also use Yukon Gold or russet if you prefer.
I think the sweet relish adds that extra touch and I like to soak the red onion in water for a bit so it takes the bite out of the onion and isn’t over powering.
Classic yellow mustard is most often used, but you can substitute dijon if you like a little extra kick, too.
Celery gets diced small and hard boiled eggs get cut in half and each quartered. I don’t like little bits of hard boiled egg and feel this cut makes for a good feel and visual.
A simple sprinkle of paprika on top and you’re ready to serve.
Great as a side dish for potlucks, lunches, dinners, picnics and big Game Day parties, this Classic Potato Salad hits all the right flavor notes.
How to Make the Classic Potato Salad
- 2 1/2 lbs potatoes cut into 1/2" cubes (See Note 1)
- 2 celery ribs sliced
- 1 cup red onion small dice (See Note 2)
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp sweet relish
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp yellow mustard (See Note 3)
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp celery seed
- In large pot of heavily salted cold water bring peeled potatoes (See Note 1) to a boil. Reduce heat to medium or a light rolling boil and cook for 12-15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
- Drain and place diced potatoes in large bowl. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Slice celery, set aside. After cutting the red onion, cover with cold water and let soak for 15 minutes, then drain. Cut hard boiled eggs, set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sweet relish, sugar, mustard, salt, garlic powder, pepper and celery seeds.
- Add celery and onions to potatoes, pour dressing over all and mix well. Gently stir in eggs. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour for flavors to meld.
- Sprinkle paprika on top for garnish (optional) and serve chilled or at room temperature.
- Some use russet potatoes, that get peeled. I like to use red potatoes or yellow (Yukon Gold) and keep the skins on. Both options are wonderful.
- After cutting the red onion I cover with cold water and let soak for 15 minutes, then drain and use. This takes the raw bite flavor out of them.
- For a little extra kick, substitute with dijon mustard