Fast and Easy Potato Salad

"Using the microwave provides a quicker version of potato salad than you'll get from boiling the potatoes. Fast, simple, easy, and delicious! Perfect for those days when you just want potato salad but can't be bothered to make it from scratch, yet don't want the garbage you get at the grocery store. Also great for people living in households where other members don't share the same potato salad enjoyment (my fiancee hates mayo). For gluten-free or lactose free version-check that the mayo used is suitable"
photo by Brittany W. photo by Brittany W.
photo by Brittany W.
photo by Brittany W. photo by Brittany W.
photo by Brittany W. photo by Brittany W.
photo by Brittany W. photo by Brittany W.
Ready In:
3-4 cups




  • Cut the eyes and blemishes off the potatoes. Skin them if you prefer but I think they're delicious and they're definitely more nutritional!
  • Rinse the potatoes and place them in the microwave undried.
  • Microwave the potatoes (three at a time if you're making a double or triple recipe for the whole family or a potluck) spaced evenly apart on HIGH for THREE MINUTES.
  • Chop your green onions. Chop your pickle and eggs if desired.
  • Flip the potatoes over (careful, they're hot!) and microwave on HIGH for THREE MINUTES more.
  • Mix the mayo, spices, onions, and optional pickle and eggs in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Let the potatoes rest in the microwave for a few minutes (they will continue to cook).
  • Test the doneness of the potatoes with a knife or fork by piercing into the center of each one. If the knife does not go in smoothly or there is resistance, repeat the microwaving process above in increments of ONE MINUTE.
  • Place the cooked potatoes immediately into a bowl of cold water. Let cool for a few minutes.
  • Remove the potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces (usually halves and then eights will do) - careful, they may still be hot inside.
  • Mix potatoes with sauce mixture, and enjoy!

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  1. bierwaka
    It was AMAZING! I should have taken a picture because it looked as good as it tasted. I used small colored potatoes and cut in half or thirds if they were big. Just delicious! DEFINITELY, A KEEPER!
  2. Chef TanyaW
    Well, I have to give this 5 stars because my family will eat it! For some reason they don't like typical potato salads, but my husband really liked this one, and kids who would refuse to eat other potato salads ate this one with coaxing and time. I'll definitely make it again. My DH had just one suggestion... add a little salt... okay, I will. Thanks!
  3. Robert A.
    Followed directions but put in freezer for 4 minutes and that took the heat away
  4. Bernadette C.
    Bless you for this Alternative to turning on the Stove!! In rotten hot and humid weather. Microwaving worked Fine nd quick.
  5. miscm4
    I followed the recipe with the following changes: 1/2 tsp paprika (instead of 1) and I added 2 stalks of celery as we like celery in our potato salad. I also microwaved the eggs so it made it super quick (cover eggs with cold water , add 1 tsp salt, microwave for 6 min, let cool for 2 mins then put in cold water--I have a high power microwave--lower power may need longer .)It tasted much like my traditional version with a garlic kick!!


  1. Bernadette C.
    Bless you. I used nothing but mayo and one half tablespoon trader Joe "everything but the bagel" seasoning because my family doesn't like Anything foreign or crunchy in potato salad.
  2. L00k7025
    Great recipe! I don't know why it never occurs to me to nuke my potatoes. They turned out great. Like a previous reviewer I used relish instead of chopping a pickle, and I added a little dijon mustard. I also omitted the green onion because I didn't have any; fortunately the relish gives it a bit of colour. Thanks for the recipe!


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