Creamy Potato Salad

creamy potato salad Side Dish
Creamy Potato Salad
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 4 hr 55 min
  • Servings 10

It wouldn’t be summer without picnics, and it wouldn’t be a picnic without potato salad. This potato salad recipe with egg pairs perfectly with any grill, barbeque or potluck entrée, making this our go-to side dish for any warm weather get-together. MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 14, 2019


1 1/2
pounds round red or white potatoes (about 6 medium), peeled
1 1/2
cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
tablespoon white or cider vinegar
tablespoon yellow mustard
teaspoon salt
teaspoon pepper
medium stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
hard-cooked eggs, chopped
Paprika, if desired


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  • 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.

Expert Tips

  • Mayonnaise or salad dressing—what’s the difference? They are 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 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.
  • There’s no creamy dressing on a vinegar-based potato salad like Dill Potato Salad. This type of salad is quite different from the one with a creamy base, but it is also served cold. Then, there’s Hot German Potato Salad which is also vinegar-based but served warm and has a bacon-flavored dressing. They are all delicious, whichever you choose.
  • Bacon, Ham, Pepperoni or Salami: Stir in 1/2 to 1 cup crumbled crisply-cooked crumbled bacon or diced ham, pepperoni or salami.
  • Capers, Olives or Pickles: Stir in 1 tablespoon small drained capers or 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup chopped sweet or dill pickle relish, or sliced or chopped pitted well-drained olives
  • Fresh Herbs: 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).
  • Heading to a picnic or potluck? Experiement with the below stir-ins to the basic recipe.
  • It’s easy to find all sorts of interesting potatoes these days. Most are more waxy than starchy russets, and are particularly good for 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.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
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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