Classic Potato Salad

"I make this classic potato salad a lot for pot lucks and picnics. Everyone likes this recipe."
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  • Boil peeled potatoes in salted water until done. Cool to room temperature.
  • Place diced potatoes in large bowl.
  • Mix mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in another bowl.
  • Add to potatoes.
  • Add celery and onions and mix well.
  • Stir in eggs.
  • Sprinkle a little paprika on top.

Questions & Replies

  1. Has anyone used relish in their recipe?
  2. "Medium" potatoes is pretty subjective. Does anyone know approximately what the weight of the 8 medium potatoes would be? Sorry...I husband says I am way too literal.
  3. Delicious potato salad. My family asked for me to save this recipe for the next cookout.
  4. I would like to submit the mayo with yogurt. What are your thoughts on this? Any particular type that you recommend? Will I have to adjust the spicing if I do this?
  5. I’m wondering how many pounds would 8 medium potatoes weigh? I need to make 10 lbs for a community cookout . . .


  1. When I read this recipe, it didn't sound all that different than any other, but based on a 5 star rating by someone else, I tried it and my company did all but lick the bowl clean when I served it! Be careful with the salt. BE SURE to salt the water when you cook the potatoes! (I notice a lot of recipes don't mention that anymore. A young cook doesn't know to do this). I doubled the amount of salad dressing because (I used more like 10 or 11 potatoes)--but the eggs and it wasn't dry the next day when I served it. GREAT potato salad!
  2. I searched for a potato salad recipe for a little BBQ we were having last weekend. I was a little inundated with all the recipes available, but I'm sure glad I went with this one.I made the salad the day before and just added a little more mayo right before serving. We got lots of comments on it. Thanks for the great recipe!
  3. Made this for a little Memorial Day Bar-B-Que, after agonizing over all of the available potato salad recipes on Zaar, but am sure glad that I picked this one. It was great, no not great, amazing!!! It's a keeper, thank you for sharing.
  4. Great recipe! I tried a technique from the Food Network of tossing the warm, diced potatoes with about 1/4 c. pickle juice and the other ingredients except the mayo. After chilling, they soaked up the liquid, I only needed a cup of mayo. Fantastic flavor, creamy and delicious!
  5. Classic potato salad.... As my family ( my sister, parents and my fiance) and I ate through the bowl of potato salad with our BBQ'ed chicken and hamburgers, we all smiled. I swear there was a moment when we felt that we were young again back at my parents old house laughing the summer evening away. I love the way a good meal can do that to a person! ***DEEP SIGH***<br/>The potato salad was great. I thank you very much for the recipe!


  1. Only change I made was to do half Mayonnaise and half Miracle Whip and that is ONLY because my son is not a Mayo fan but he loves Miracle Whip so I have to compromise to get him to eat anything with mayo! I know I know! But a mom has to do what a mom has to do sometimes! Anyway love this recipe and other than the Miracle Whip substitution, followed it exactly
  2. This is truly a classic recipe. It is very similar to one I took from the label of a jar of Hellman's Real Mayonnaise. The changes I have made include: Since it is hard to keep celery on hand and many times I cannot find good celery, I have substituted approximately 1 tablespoon on celery seed and we love it. I also use sweet pickle relish and the juice (instead of vinegar since the pickle juice has vinegar in it). I always boil my potatoes in their jackets and peel after they have cooled. I never fai
  3. I used white potatoes & boiled them about 10-12 minutes. I didn't use sugar but used sweet relish instead. I also added chopped olives.. Idk why but I just can't eat potato salad w/o olives.. Other than that this is the perfect classic recipe!!
  4. My family and friends beg for more, perfect side dish for summer BBQs. add some sliced green onions for a little extra pop!
  5. 1 cup mayo , add last half cup when serving. tried different ciders (what i had on hand) best combo we like is 1 prt apple cider 2 part regular cider. Always add some dill pickle juice (about two tablespoons i say or so) Add one green pepper.


After DH and I moved away from the farm, and to the city...I haven't done as much cooking and very little canning. But I do come to Zaar and look for new recipes once in a while. I'm still cooking Zaar!! I like to play at Facebook, with my family and friends. A lot of my Zaar friends are there!! Yay! It's a good way to keep in touch. We travel more. We're looking at the European trips now. Hope to go in the springtime. I really want to see London, I think I lived there in a past life, I've been obsessed with it since I was 10 years old!!
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