Homemade Potato Salad

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Our all-time favorite Potato Salad Recipe – it’s simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It’s the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.

This potato salad is a popular side dish during the summer months with all the BBQ’s and get togethers we attend. Broccoli salad and cheesecake fruit salad are some other summer salads that are a hit at parties!

Potato Salad in a white dish

A secret family recipe

We LOVE potato salad, and the recipe we love best is one my mom came up with years ago. It’s creamy, delicious and easy to make. Over the years, I’ve learned to make it myself, and any time I bring it to an event people ask for this side dish recipe.

For so long, my mom had made it from memory, so we made her sit down and measure everything out so we could get it all written out. I’m glad we did this because we can now all make it and enjoy it whenever we want.

What makes it so special?

We love how creamy and flavorful it is. The mixture of mayonnaise, mustard and the secret ingredient (pickle juice), along with the chunks of potatoes, eggs, olives and pickles makes it so delicious.

cubed potatoes in a bowl

How to Make Potato Salad

This potato salad is very simple to throw together. It does take time to boil the eggs and potatoes, but they are easy steps that require little work. Once you have those taken care, the rest of the steps are easy.

POTATOES. Let potatoes cool. Peel off skins and cube your potatoes. It’s okay if they are soft or fall apart. Place in a large bowl.

CHOP. Cube eggs and add to bowl. Cut olives and desired amount of pickles (we used 3) into small pieces as well and add to your bowl.

MIX. Add your mayonnaise and mustard and mix well (add more or less mayonnaise depending on what you like). Add salt and pepper and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Potato salad without mayo: If you’re not a fan of mayo, you can sub it out for sour cream or greek yogurt, although it will have a slightly different flavor.

NOTE: We like to make this the day before and let it refrigerate for 18 – 24 hours, but this step is not required.

TIPS & FAQ

Best potatoes for potato salad? Different types of potatoes create different texture. If you want them to stay firm and hold shape, use waxy potatoes like yukon gold or red potatoes.

If you want the potatoes to slightly mash when you mix, use starchy potatoes like russets (which is what we typically use).

Can potato salad be made ahead? How to store? Yes! In fact, I encourage making it ahead. I think it’s even better a day after it’s made once the flavors have time to combine.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge until it’s time to serve. Afterwards, you can keep it refrigerated for up to one week.

homemade potato salad in a serving dish

Making for a crowd

I’ve found that about ½-1 potato per person (depending on how large your potatoes are) is a pretty good estimate for servings. This recipe uses 10-12 potatoes, and usually serves 12-15 people. 

  • 12 People – 1 batch
  • 24-25 people – 2 batches
  • 36-40 people – 3 batches
  • 50 people – 4 batches

If you’re a fan of Potato Salad, you will definitely want to give this a try. It is perfect any time of year, but is especially wonderful any time you barbecue. Best of all, it saves really well and is a great leftover (if there are any leftovers that is – ha!)

Sometimes, there’s just nothing better than delicious meat (like pulled pork or steak) with sides like baked beans and coleslaw for a family BBQ! It’s all just too good! We really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as our family does. 😉

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Potato Salad Recipe

5 from 13 votes

Our all-time favorite Potato Salad - it's simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It's the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 398 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 10-12 potatoes we use a 5 lb bag
  • 6-7 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 small can black olives
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice
  • baby dill pickles diced
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • salt & pepper to toaste

Instructions

  1. Place your potatoes in a pot and bring to a rolling boil. Boil potatoes for 40-45 minutes or until tender (a knife should easily pierce a potato).

  2. While potatoes are cooking, boil your eggs. Peel them and set aside.

  3. Let potatoes cool. Peel off skins and cube your potatoes. It's okay if they are soft or fall apart. Place in a large bowl.

  4. Cube eggs and add to bowl. Cut olives and desired amount of pickles (we used 3) into small pieces as well and add to your bowl.

  5. Add your mayonnaise and mustard and mix well (add more or less mayonnaise depending on what you like). Add salt and pepper and mix well. 

  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (We like to make this the day before and let it refrigerate for 18 - 24 hours).

Recipe Video

*NOTE: For a great tutorial on how to boil eggs go HERE.

 

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments

  1. Are you sure Lorin and I aren’t related? I swear we love the same exact things. Maybe our moms just cooked the same way! Potato salad is my favorite and the recipe my Mom (and I) make is like this. YUM!!

  2. I love potato salad and will be making some for Easter Sunday. I never thought to put pickle juice into instead of using pickles! I love that idea and will have to try it out this weekend!

      1. Are the times listed to boil the potatoes right? 40-45 minutes? That seems a bit excessive. Must’ve been a typo, right?

  3. This is amazing! So different from what I have made in the past and so much better. My husband ate a couple servings before it even made it to the table. Yum!!

  4. Gong to try this next week. My sister uses sweet pickles in her salad. Have you ever made with sweet
    instead of dill?

    1. 5 stars
      Made this potato salad this week. Substituted sweet pickles and juice for the dill. It was outstanding. Everybody loved it.

  5. Potato salads are delicious if it’s made healthy…
    Store bought mayonnaise uses high refined and processed vegetable oils like sunflower or canola oil. Instead,try making your own mayonnaise using extra virgin oil and cage-free organic egg yolks.
    We should all stay away from processed foods and eat healthy!!????

    Raquel

  6. This is very similar to the way I make it! I use green olives and olive juice in mine! And everyone here loves it’s! I love potatoe salad! And yours looks wonderful might have to whip up a batch this weekend!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this recipe and loved it. So simple to make. My family likes it too, even the ones who don’t like mayo based and vinegar based foods. This recipe is a keeper. I will make it again!!!

  8. 5 stars
    I may have doubled the amount of pickles, and used larger ones (I love pickles!) – this recipe was so delicious and super easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    I don’t like pickles so I left them out. I did use the pickle juice though and this recipe was a hit with the family. Perfect addition to our BBQ dinner!

  10. 5 stars
    Hands down greatest potato salad recipe out there! My husbands family always brings the store bought kind to our family gatherings :/ I think I’ll be volunteering from now own, to bring the potato salad! Really great recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    Thanks for including seRving size. I have a Hard time Figuring out POTATO:person ratioS. This will be super helpful in making your recipe. Love the idea of adding pickles & pickle juice! Can’t wait to try it.