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Creamy Potato Salad

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  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 4 hr 55 min
  • Servings 10
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If you ask us, one of the best parts of picnics is the potato salad. Pair our Creamy Potato Salad recipe with barbeque or anything from the grill, or set it out as a potluck dish! This side is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any and all warm-weather get-togethers. For some extra fun and flavor, consider jazzing up your Creamy Potato Salad with some bacon, diced ham, pepperoni or salami. We love sprinkling fresh herbs before serving for a little extra color and taste, too. Come and get it!
Updated Jun 5, 2023
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  • 1 1/2 pounds round red or white potatoes (about 6 medium), peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • Paprika, if desired


  • 1
    Place potatoes in 3-quart saucepan; add enough water to cover potatoes. Cover and heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cook covered 25 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain. Let stand until cool enough to handle. Cut potatoes into cubes.
  • 2
    Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper in large glass or plastic bowl.
  • 3
    Add potatoes, celery and onion; toss. Stir in eggs. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours to blend flavors and chill. Store covered in refrigerator.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Mayonnaise or salad dressing—what’s the difference? They're both thick, creamy dressings that contain vegetable oil, lemon juice or vinegar and seasonings. Mayonnaise also contains egg yolk and is less sweet than salad dressing. They can be used interchangeably in potato salad so you can decide which you prefer. If you’d like a lighter dressing, sub in some thick, plain yogurt with a spoonful of Dijon mustard.
  • tip 2
    This Hot German Potato Salad is served warm and has a vinegar-bacon flavored dressing.
  • tip 3
    Heading to a picnic or potluck? Experiment with the below stir-ins to the potato salad recipe.
  • tip 4
    Looking to add bacon, ham, pepperoni or salami to your potato salad recipe? Stir in 1/2 to 1 cup crumbled crisply-cooked bacon or diced ham, pepperoni or salami.
  • tip 5
    Capers, olives or pickles are also a nice addition to a Creamy Potato Salad recipe: Stir in 1 tablespoon small drained capers or 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup chopped sweet or dill pickle relish. You can also add sliced or chopped pitted and well-drained olives.
  • tip 6
    Why not add fresh herbs to your potato salad? Stir in 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, chives, dill, parsley, oregano, tarragon, thyme or lemon thyme. Fresh herbs can be strong, so start with 1 tablespoon and add more if you’d like.
  • tip 7
    It’s easy to find all sorts of interesting potatoes these days. Most are waxier than starchy russets and are particularly good for potato salads, because they hold their shape. Look for a fingerling medley that includes red, yellow and purple potatoes or small white potatoes with yellow flesh. The skins are generally very tender, so there's no need to peel. All you need to do is cut them in half lengthwise before boiling them, and cook 10 to 15 minutes or just until tender. Drain and once cool enough to handle, cut into smaller pieces, if desired.


330 Calories, 28g Total Fat, 4g Protein, 15g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
1 Starch;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • If you’ve been asked to bring the potato salad to a get-together, this is the recipe you need. Not only does it feature all the classic flavors everyone loves, but it’s also easy to make ahead. The secret to making good potato salad is to choose the right type of potato. Waxy potatoes stand up better to being boiled, because they contain more moisture and less starch. Yukon Gold potatoes are an example of a particularly sturdy boiling potato that will hold up well and keep its shape. The potato salad ingredients you’ll want to include depend on your own particular preference, but celery, onion, egg and mayonnaise are the classic choices. Once you master this easy recipe, try another from our collection of potato salad recipes.
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