Simple but Wonderful Classic Potato Salad

Total Time
40mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

I'm pretty particular about what I like, so I took my favorites from different Potato Salad recipes and played around until I came up with my own perfect version. Like most salad recipes, it's open to interpretation and is easily adaptable to your own likes. This makes enough for 4-6 servings as a side dish. If you're making for a pot luck or larger gathering, you will probably want to double it. This can be made vegan easily using Veganaise or similar. I'm a fan of real mayo but I have family members who aren't, so I've made it both ways and it translates well.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cut potatoes into small cubes and steam (not boil). Amount of time will depend on size of cubes, I cut mine pretty small so it only takes about 15 minutes. You want them to be cooked all the way through but not falling apart.
  2. When the potatoes are done, empty into a cookie sheet and spread out to cool quickly (I will often use a cooling rack in the cookie sheet to let air circulate better- they cool surprisingly fast this way).
  3. Whisk mayonnaise, mustard, cider vinegar, sugar, celery seed, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp of salt in a large bowl (use a larger size than you think you'll need so you can mix without making a mess of our counter and floor- learned this one the hard way -- ).
  4. Add celery, chives and cooled potatoes to the bowl with the dressing.
  5. Using a large spatula, slowly fold the ingredients together. This will take longer than regular stirring but will keep your potatoes in tact (especially if you over-steam your potatoes!).
  6. Once well mixed, taste for seasonings. Add additional lemon juice and salt as needed.
  7. Tastes best if you allow it to sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, but it's not necessary if you're in a time crunch.
Most Helpful

This was good and simple to put together but it seemed that *something* was missing. In my case it wasn't eggs as I never add them to potato salad. Some sliced of chopped olives might have rounded out the flavor. Made for Pick A Chef, Spring 2013.

Annacia April 08, 2013

We liked this but missed the hard cooked eggs. I will add them next time. Also, I had no chives so I used green onions instead, but otherwise the flavor was good! Thanks for posting, made for Spring PAC 2013

pammyowl April 06, 2013