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Picnic Potato Salad Recipe

This easy Potato Salad is delicious with a mix of mayonnaise and mustard, hard-boiled eggs, celery, and relish. It is a picnic must-have and the only recipe for potato salad you need. 

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My grandma made the best potato salad. I am sure that everyone says that about their grandparents (or parents). Something about adding this simple side dish to your burgers completes the entire meal.

I remember when I was younger she would pull out this old rusty stool, tie a tea towel around my waist, and assign me the job of sous chef. I would watch in amazement as my grandma used her best judgement and added ingredients as needed. Really, turning potatoes into a picnic recipe work of art!

It truly is one of the best summer recipes! Creamy, slight tang, and loaded with flavor.

Potato Salad on One Sweet Appetite

Classic Potato Salad Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Celery
  • Red onion
  • Dill relish
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bacon

A quick tip from my kitchen: Do not skip the bacon.

I have even been guilty of stirring the bacon grease right in with all of the other ingredients. The result is a salty bacon flavor throughout the entire side dish. I don’t do this every time, but occasionally when I’m feeling a little gutsy, this is how I let loose.

How to make potato salad:

  1. Place your potatoes into a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the water and allow to cool just enough to handle. Peel and chop into fairly decent sized pieces.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir until fully combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours prior to serving.
Potato Salad

Can I make potato salad the day before?

Yes. In fact, I suggest you do. The longer this recipe sits the better it tastes.

The secret with this recipe is to make it in advance. It needs time to sit together and blend all of the flavors you toss into the mix. I suggest overnight but in a pinch you could swing 4 hours. We’ve made it a few times and even eaten it right away and it still tastes good but the next day it tasted great. I promise that extra time to blend things really adds that punch it needs.

Can you substitute mayonnaise for miracle whip in potato salad?

Of course. The flavor profile of the two are night and day. Pick the one that you love the most and use it in this recipe. I actually make it both ways. I prefer Miracle Whip while my better half votes for mayonnaise. You cannot go wrong with either!

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Classic Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This easy Potato Salad is delicious with a mix of mayonnaise and mustard, hard-boiled eggs, celery, and relish. It is a picnic must-have and the only recipe for potato salad you need. 

Ingredients

  • 5 large potatoes
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup dill relish
  • 4 heaping tablespoons Mayo or Miracle Whip
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup bacon, finely diced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place your potatoes into a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the water and allow to cool just enough to handle. Peel and chop into fairly decent sized pieces.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir until fully combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours prior to serving.

Notes

If you find your salad dry, add Mayo or Miracle whip as needed.

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Val

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

This is just like my dad made. I put dill relish and sweet relish in it and it was really yummy

Jesseca

Monday 3rd of August 2020

I'm so glad you liked it, Val! One of my faves. I'll have to try it with both relish types!

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