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Classic Potato Salad

This Classic Potato Salad only has a handful of ingredients but packs loads of flavor. The dressing recipe alone is worth saving. You will want it on everything. This potato salad recipe will become a hit for barbecue and picnic season!

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Potato salad sprinkled with dill in beige bowl

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Classic Potato Salad Recipe:

Hi, Julia of Vikalinka here, and today I am bringing you my classic potato salad recipe. This recipe has been in my family for generations. It’s versatile, delicious and beautiful to look at with just the right amount of dressing.

This potato salad is the most requested side dish for barbecues and potlucks.

What Ingredients are in Potato Salad?

As the name suggests, potato is the main ingredient but we also need a few more things to compliment the potatoes and make this salad exciting.

  • potatoes
  • hard boiled eggs
  • green onions
  • dill pickles
  • fresh or frozen dill
  • mayonnaise-based dressing

Potato salad ingredients. Potatoes, eggs, green onions, dill

What Type of Potatoes are Best for Potato Salad?

Have you ever seen a potato salad that looks like a sad mush? That usually happens from using the wrong kind of potatoes. Ideal spuds for your salad will be of waxy variety that cook up creamy, yet firm. They tend to hold their shape and give pleasant texture to your salad. The potato varieties you are looking for are:

  • Red Bliss
  • New Potatoes
  • Yukon Gold
  • Fingerling
  • Carola

potato salad close up

Potatoes to Avoid in Potato Salad:

Idaho Russet. Save them for your mashed potatoes. They are too starchy for a salad but perfect for a creamy mash.

What Dressing is Best for Classic Potato Salad?

Usually a mayonnaise is used to dress a potato salad and while I continue with the tradition, I also add a dash of white wine vinegar, a bit of Dijon mustard and plenty of fresh black pepper.

Potatoes need a little bit of heat from the mustard and a touch of acidity of vinegar to bring them to life.

Diced potato salad ingredients in a metal bowl without potato salad dressing

Tips for Making the Best Potato Salad

  • Choose waxy potatoes and boil them unpeeled until tender but firm
  • Cut all ingredients in equal dice to allow even flavor distribution
  • Use plenty of fresh herbs like dill, parsley or chives for extra flavor and freshness
  • Introduce contrasting flavors and textures. (eg. Crunchy dill pickles vs. creamy potatoes)
  • Refrigerate the salad for at least one hour before serving for flavors to meld
  • Salt your potato salad after adding the dressing to avoid over-salting
  • Sprinkle the salad with a handful of fresh dill or microgreens before serving for visual appeal and more texture

Potato Salad in bowl

Can I Make Potato Salad Ahead?

I prefer to cook potatoes and eggs the day before, then assemble the following day. Once the potato salad is fully assembled, it will keep in a fridge up to 24 hours without compromising the flavor.

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Classic Potato Salad

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Time in Refrigerator: 1 hour
Total Time: 40 minutes
Potato Salad in bowl

A classic potato salad flavoured with dill pickles, green onions, fragrant fresh dill and a zesty mayonnaise based dressing. 

Author: Julia Frey
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: classic potato salad
Calories: 270 kcal
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

For the potato salad dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (full fat or low fat)
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp water to loosen the dressing
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For the potato salad

  • 5 Yukon gold potatoes (medium) or other waxy potato like Red Bliss
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 dill pickles (not sweet) small
  • 3-4 green onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp microgreens (such as cress, or more dill) optional garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp water and black pepper, whisk until combined and set aside. 

  2. Cook unpeeled potatoes until tender but still firm, drain and air dry in single layer. Cook the eggs and cool until safe to touch. Then peel the potatoes and the eggs.

  3. Dice the potatoes, eggs and pickles in a uniform dice. In a large bowl combine the diced potatoes, eggs, dill pickles, sliced green onions and chopped dill. Add the salad dressing and combine everything with a flexible spatula taking care not to mash the ingredients. Refrigerate for 1 hour. 

  4. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of fresh dill and/or 1 Tbsp microgreens immediately before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Classic Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 144mg48%
Sodium 575mg25%
Potassium 692mg20%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Julia Frey

I am Julia, a London based food blogger and photographer, and vikalinka.com is my space to share bits of my life with the world. Incidentally, much of my life is taken up by cooking, due to 2 very hungry children and husband, so you will become witnesses to my culinary endeavours if you choose to stay around.

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  • wendy A Kooi
    August 8, 2019

    Made this potato salad as is and it is DELISH. Thanks for another great recipe. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 8, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Lena
    May 25, 2019

    What can I use instead of wine vinegar? Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      May 27, 2019

      Hi Lena, a plain vinegar would also work – maybe start with half the amount and add more to taste. I hope you love the potato salad! Reply

  • Kat
    May 23, 2019

    This is a great variation on potato salad. One thing though- much better to use juice from pickles rather than water in the dressing! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 23, 2019

      Thank you for that suggestion Kat! Reply

    • July 19, 2019

      Hi Kat, you can definitely use the pickle juice, just bear in mind that the dressing already has white wine vinegar. Adding pickle juice, which contains a lot of salt and vinegar, might throw off the flavour balance and make the dressing too acidic. Reply

  • Sharon Beverly
    May 22, 2019

    I love this recipe! I usually add a handful of chopped celery for extra crunch. Perfect! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 22, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Celery is a great idea! I’ll have to try that! Reply

  • Ashley F
    May 22, 2019

    I love how simple this is to make! Perfect suggestions on the right potatoes to use! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 22, 2019

      Isn’t that the best! I’m happy you enjoyed that Ashley! Reply

  • Emily
    May 21, 2019

    I love all the greens in this potato salad recipe. YUM! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2019

      Hi Emily! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Kristyn
    May 21, 2019

    Potato salad is seriously one of my favorites!! I could eat it anytime! Love all the green in this one! Reply

    • Natasha
      May 21, 2019

      Thanks Kristyn, the green really does lighten up and brighten the potato salad! Reply

  • Melissa
    May 21, 2019

    This potato salad is as delicious as it looks! Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Suzy
    May 21, 2019

    My favorite summer side dish right here! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

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