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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!

If you are a potato salad fan, don’t miss our crowd pleasing Creamy Potato Salad Recipe and Chicken Potato Salad.

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

4.93 from 13 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
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Calories: 270
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

For the potato salad dressing

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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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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  • Alexa
    July 2, 2021

    I’ve tried many of your recipes and they are always amazing!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 3, 2021

      You’re so nice! Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Alexa!

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  • Beth
    June 16, 2021

    Your Potato Salad and the dressing are best ever!! Thank you for.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 16, 2021

      Thank you so much for your awesome feedback, Beth!

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  • Deb Willms
    June 9, 2021

    Love most of your recipes. I disagree with your comment about mustard and vinegar in potato salad. I like to substitute bacon ranch dressing for mayonnaise for a punch of flavour.

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  • Heidi
    June 2, 2021

    love this potato salad and so did my family thank you so much for sharing Natasha

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 2, 2021

      You’re welcome, Heidi! I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Janet
    May 26, 2021

    After I cook the potatoes and cool slightly I dice them and add italian dressing and let that sink into the potatoes for an hour or so then I add the mayo, eggs, green onions and some celery. Season with salt and pepper and dry mustard. Try it! ps I love your site!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 26, 2021

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Janet. I’m glad you’re enjoying my website and recipes!

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  • Barbara A ODay
    May 25, 2021

    My recipe for potato salad came from my ex-Mother-in-law in the late 1960’s, who used the potatoes, eggs, like yours, but then she diced up celery and sweet onion and crisp BACON as well! She started with hard boiled eggs, and boiled potatoes that had cooled. Peel potatoes, of course, then she added the celery, onion, eggs and bacon (at least 6 strips broken into small pieces). Then added Hellman’s mayonnaise that she had whipped with a little milk and tossed with the salad!! Prior to this recipe, I hated potato salad, but love the taste of this one… and have had many tell me that they normally won’t eat potato salad, but love this recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 25, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Missy
    March 9, 2021

    Yours is very similar to my mom’s (which is always the best right?) Except for the dill, which I love. Mom also adds a little very finely diced green pepper and celery seeds for that pop of freshness. Looking forward to herb growing season to try this!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 9, 2021

      Sounds like a great plan, Missy. I’m sure your mom’s version is so good too!

      Reply

  • Robert Phillips
    January 3, 2021

    Just had this for lunch, It was a refreshing change from classic potato salad. Thank you for sharing your amazing cooking skills, love the videos. I do have at least fair kitchen skills but often need help combining ingredients, spices etc. to bring out the best flavors. Your website is now my first go to for ideas & recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 4, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Robert! I’m glad you’re enjoying our recipes!

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  • Skylen
    December 21, 2020

    Can someone recommend Valentines Day Chemise Sets? Thanks xx

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  • Joli
    June 29, 2020

    What do you have aginst a good cteamy style Sounthern Potati Salad. Radiahes, cucumbers, now tarragon and dill pickles. Tryed both and both went in garbage. Not My grandmothers potato salad for sure.

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  • wendy A Kooi
    June 12, 2020

    Just love this potato salad. So flavorfull. Followed recipe. Have made it 3 times now. Hubby loves it to. Thanks Natasha.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 12, 2020

      You’re welcome, Wendy! I’m so glad you enjoyed that!

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  • Shirl
    May 6, 2020

    So good! Very similar to my mom’s potato salad. I put Italian dressing in place of the water and pickle juice in place of the vinegar, in the dressing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 6, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Naomi
    March 20, 2020

    Just made this for lunch can’t stop eating it and it’s all your fault Natasha … Never disappointed with all the recipes I had tried … Glad I found you!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 20, 2020

      I can never stop eating this one either. Isn’t the flavor amazing! I’m so glad you discovered our blog, Naomi!

      Reply

  • Gaya
    February 1, 2020

    Hi, what’s the alternative for dijon mustard?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2020

      I think a yellow mustard should work too. If you decide to do an experiment please share how it goes

      Reply

  • wendy A Kooi
    August 8, 2019

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

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    • 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

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    • 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!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 23, 2019

      Thank you for that suggestion Kat!

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 21, 2019

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

      Reply

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