Cook's Illustrated Make-Ahead Potato Salad for a Crowd

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a very good potato salad from the folks at America's Test Kitchen. I must confess that I love dill pickles and prefer that flavor to sweet pickle relish. I wound up adding a couple dill pickles and some dill pickle juice to this recipe (just a personal preference) and quite a few more eggs. Here are the tips from Cook's Illustrated: If you only have celery salt available, use the same amount but omit the salt in the dressing. When testing potatoes for doneness taste a piece. If you overcook they will become mealy and break apart. The potatoes must be just warm or even fully cooled when you add the dressing. If you find the potato salad a little dry for your liking, add up to 2 tablespoons more mayonnaise. Serving size is estimated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the potatoes in a large Dutch oven and cover by 1" of water.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon salt and reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender (a paring knife can be slipped into and out of the center of the potatoes with very little resistance), about 8 minutes.
  4. Drain the potatoes in a colander and transfer them to a large bowl.
  5. Gently stir in vinegar and let stand until the potatoes are just warm, about 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, stir together 1 cup of the mayonnaise with the celery, pickle relish, onion, parsley, celery seed, dry mustard, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.
  7. Using rubber spatula, gently fold the mayonnaise mixture and eggs into the potatoes.
  8. To Store: Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  9. To Serve: Let the salad stand at room temperature about 1 hour. Gently fold in the remaining 1 cup mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. To Serve Right Away: Stir all of the mayonnaise into the potatoes in step 4, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
Most Helpful

Really fabulous receipe. I added two tablespoons of capers and a couple of roasted, chopped red peppers along with half of a dill pickle. Needs another bit of a "spark". Will add 1/4 cup of parm. cheese at the very end. Skip additional salt if you do add cheese or capers.

ginger7228 February 10, 2013