Classic Potato Salad

Sunday, May 30, 2021
Potato Salad is one of those classic side dishes everyone looks for at any cookout or picnic that shouts summer indoor-outdoor "must-have" foods.

The ingredients are different for everyone, from a Southern-style, American style, Greek-style, Italian style, and German styles the list goes on and on to choose from.

Our potato salad is a very basic recipe that has numerous possibilities using our additions to change it, there's even a substitution using cauliflower instead of potatoes for all my low carb readers.

We keep it plain with our favorite mayonnaise, mustard, a little relish, finely minced garlic, peppers, and a few spices.

The family favorite is when it's loaded with cooked crispy bacon, but you can decide what to put in yours.

This potato side dish, either way, comes out perfect every time.

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Check out this simple recipe printable recipe and don't forget to check out my tips.

this is a bowl of classic potato salad with hard boiled eggs on top garnished with paprika


A few things to remember I always add to my recipes, be safe with food in summer keep this on ice when it has mayonnaise in it by using a cooler or ice packs around the bowl.

Potato salad is an American classic that goes great with chili hotdogs, hamburgers, and any other grilled foods.

During a Patriotic Holiday, we always use three-color baby potatoes and leave the skins on for a festive look.

Everyone always asks for this potato salad recipe and it's super easy to make.

this is a potato salad with mayonnaise and hard boiled eggs on top

Ingredients You Will Need To Make Hobo Snack Mix

  • potatoes any kind cubed and boiled
  • granulated garlic powder
  • minced garlic
  • bell pepper
  • mustard
  • mayonnaise(whatever your favorite brand is)
  • paprika for garnish
  • salt, pepper, (and optional cayenne pepper) to taste
  • Optional: hard-boiled eggs chopped

russet raw potatoes in a bin

Tools You Will Need

  • large deep casserole dish around 2 to 3 quart
  • small measuring cups
  • spoon for stirring
  • paring knife, and cutting board
  • measuring spoon
  • saucepan to boil potatoes

Additional Substitutions and Suggestions:

  • minced onion (1 small)
  • sliced bell peppers on topped or chopped fine in the salad
  • crispy bacon
  • celery chopped fine
  • sliced radishes
  • chopped celery
  • for heat use hot peppers or jalapenos
  • black beans or chickpeas
  • sliced olives of any kind of all three colors
  • creamy Greek yogurt, lemon zest, feta cheese, and mint for a Greek Style
  • artichoke hearts, pine nuts, oil, and vinegar, and spinach fresh which is Tuscan-style 
  • just add Italian dressing instead of mayonnaise with deli meats, tomatoes, and peppers
  • clean cooked lobster, crab, deveined shrimp, or scallops
  • crispy crumbled bacon and boiled sliced eggs on top (as shown above in the photo)
  • no carbs? no problem substitute potatoes with boiled cauliflower for only 5 minutes and drained

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I love creating new salad combinations and using different spices, we are always experimenting.

You can also adapt this recipe with more spices for heat, add another vegetable, low-fat mayonnaise or yogurt and get creative.

There are so many possibilities and additions from vegetables to meat additions it can be a whole meal instead of a side dish.

If you have other suggestions please share your thoughts with us here

Don't miss trying this recipe, and do let me know how you like it in the comments below.

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 35 Min
The classic American Potato Salad is always a huge hit at every picnic and here you will find suggestions to add and even a low carb substitute like cauliflower for low carb.


  • Potatoes cubed and boiled any kinds
  • boiled and cubed and drained
  • Note for a festive salad use all red or a combination of purple-red and white
  • Substitution for low carb: boil cut up cauliflower florets for 5 minutes and drain
  • 2 or 3 hard-boiled eggs for the top sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite brand of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sweet relish or more to taste
  • 1/2 of a finely chopped and seeded bell pepper or hot peppers
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard or Dijon mustard
  • Optional: 6 sliced green or black olives or more to taste


  1. Either cube and boil the potatoes, or leave the skins on, slightly cool, peel then cube.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the warm potatoes, mayonnaise, and all the ingredients you choose from the list to use except hard-boiled eggs or meats.
  3. Mix in more mayonnaise any herbs and more seasoning to taste.
  4. Fold in any meats using, garnish the top with sliced eggs, and paprika.
  5. Place into your serving bowl and cover.
  6. Refrigerate until completely cold around 3 hours or overnight.
  7. Note: for the cauliflower, clean and chop the head into 1/2 inch pieces, boil the florets for 5 minutes and drain.
  8. Use the same ingredients except for substitute low-fat mayonnaise or greek yogurt.
  9. Additional Suggestions:
  10. minced onion (1 small)
  11. crispy bacon
  12. celery chopped fine
  13. sliced radishes
  14. chopped celery
  15. for heat use hot peppers or jalapenos
  16. black beans or chickpeas
  17. sliced olives of any kind of all three colors
  18. creamy greek yogurt, lemon zest, feta cheese, and mint for a Greek Style
  19. artichoke hearts, pine nuts, oil, and vinegar, spinach fresh which is Tuscan style
  20. just add Italian dressing instead of mayonnaise with deli meats, tomatoes, and peppers
  21. clean cooked lobster, crab, deveined shrimp, or scallops
  22. no carbs? no problem substitute potatoes with boiled cauliflower for only 5 minutes and drained
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2016. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. This recipe looks yummy!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Pinning.

    Happy 4th. of July-

  2. This dish definitely lives up to it's name.

  3. This is amazing and so delicious! Everyone loves this recipe! So excited to make this for today! So excited!

  4. This is a perfect side dish for a bbq. Will be making this summer for sure.

  5. This potato salad looks delicious! Perfect for summer cookouts.

  6. Such a wonderful, classic recipe for the upcoming summer picnic and grilling season! I love how easily this potato salad comes together and the low carb substitution with cauliflower.

  7. Bintu | Recipes From A PantryMay 30, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    I love potato salad and this sounds oh so good! You can't beat a potato salad at picnics, bbqs or pot lucks during the summer!


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