The Original Potato Salad

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

This recipe is right off the Hellman's mayonnaise jar. To me, it's so good it rivals my mother in law's potato salad, which I think is the best there is. It's a plain and simple potato salad, but it's delicious! Add pimentos, olives, or green peppers depending on what you like in your potato salad.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover& chill.


Most Helpful

I have been making this exact recipe for 25 years, we love it. Also, for 25 years I've reduced the salt to 1 tsp and sugar to 1/2 tsp. Usually I make this with apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar~~today I made it with white balsamic vinegar. OMG, I wish I'd been making it with white balsamic for 25 years.

Ms. Mother Earth February 16, 2013

I have been making this recipe for over 50 years, have tasted a lot of other cook's potato salad, and I have to say, I've become a potato snob! Some cooks put green pepper in theirs (yuk!) Some put pickle in theirs (another yuk!) I know there are other types of potato salad, such as French, which is delicious as well, and of course German, etc. but this recipe is the best, and yes, you do need vinegar, or else it just won't taste the way good potato salad is meant to taste.

eileen.ross April 05, 2016

I don't think one should ever add ANY sugar and/or vinegar to this recipe. Excellent red (new) potatoes, fresh extra large hard boiled eggs, juicy sweet white onion and green celery with no strings attached, all seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper AND finished by stirring in to taste, Hellmann's mayonnaise, are all one needs to bring the "classic" taste of this fine potato salad to the folks one loves most! I've been doing it this way for 40 years or so, as my Mother and Grandmother have also, and I cannot tell you how many times I've shocked people by divulging the secret and simplicity of this recipe.

californiadreemin April 26, 2014

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