Picnic Perfect: Potato Salad

Dear Home Ec 101:

My neighborhood will soon be throwing their annual blockparty. I don’t want anyone to know that I can’t cook for beans. Do you have a recipe for me? Please don’t tell me just to go to the deli and put it in a new bowl. I want to try, but I’m busy and I need something I can make the night before. Oh, and I’m vegetarian but eggs and dairy are fine.


Persnickety Picnicker

Heather says:

I recently talked my mother into giving up her potato salad recipe. Everyone needs a go-to dish for events like this and as long as you promise she won’t be there, you are welcome to bring this dish. This recipe is easily halved and makes a great side dish for BBQ dinners.


Potato Salad

Potato Salad


  • 8 medium potatoes (Yukon Gold for best results)
  • 5 hardboiled eggs – (save two for garnish) And here’s How to Hard Boil Eggs
  • 1 medium sweet onion – diced
  • 2-3 green onions – chopped or diced
  • 2 stalks of celery – chopped or diced
  • ½ cup canned olives – green and black, sliced (save a few for garnis)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP sweet pickle relish
  • 1 or 2 dill pickles, diced or chopped
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2-3 TBSP honey mustard or honey mustard salad dressing
  • Salt / Pepper to taste
  • Paprika for garnish / color

Peel and cut up the potatoes, letting them sit in a bowl of lightly salted water during preparation.  Rinse several times and place into deep pan, cover with water. Bring to a simmer or low boil on medium heat until potatoes are cooked, but not mushy, between 10 – 15 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, make the dressing. In a separate, medium bowl combine the mayonnaise, mustard, honey mustard, pickle relish, diced dill pickles, celery, sweet and green onions, and salt/pepper. Taste this mixture (use a clean spoon, not your fingers, please!)

When the potatoes are fork tender, drain and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process. When cool enough to handle, place potatoes in a large bowl.  Peel and cut up the hardboiled eggs (reserving two). Add these to potato mixture.

When you are satisfied with the tastes of the dressing fold it into the potato and eggs. To do this, slide your spoon or spatula down the side of the bowl and then scoop the potatoes to the center. Turn the bowl a little after each scoop. Doing this prevents the spoon from mashing the potatoes.

Cover tightly and refrigerate. It’s best if the flavors have several hours to blend.

Just before serving, add slices of eggs or olives for garnish and sprinkle with paprika for color, if desired.


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  1. jenny fidel coderes on November 27, 2013 at 5:14 am

    yammy!!i make that to my mdam!!hope she like it!!

  2. PB from MN on June 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

    For inexperienced cooks here is a way to hard cook eggs (one of several ways): Place eggs in pot and cover with cold water with water about 1 inch over the eggs. Bring to a full boil and turn off stove. Let stand for 15 minutes. Run cold water over the eggs to cool and then peel. It is easiest to peel eggs that are not fresh.

    Good luck with the recipe. Remember everyone was new to cooking at one time or another and this recipe looks very good.

    PB from MN

  3. Deanna Van Caeseele on July 22, 2010 at 3:35 am

    got a wedding to make the salad for didn't want to mess it up..wish me luck.

  4. Jenna @ Newlyweds on May 12, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Oh wow this looks so good!!! I love potato salad.

  5. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on May 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I am definitely going to give this a try – I love potato salad! 🙂

  6. angela on May 11, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I will try this my son loves potato salad

  7. rachel-asouthernfairytale on May 11, 2009 at 10:29 am

    num num num num num num num!!!!!!! i love potato salad and can’t wait to try this!

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  9. Carye on April 25, 2009 at 10:27 am

    This looks real good. One can never have too many potato salad recipes. There is always something different about each one, and I can’t wait to try this.

  10. Heather on April 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    My husband is not a fan of potatoes, but I caught him going back for seconds the next day. This version is not at all mayonnaise-y. I can’t stand mayo and wouldn’t recommend it if it was a predominant flavor.

  11. Trixie on April 22, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Oh my — does that potato salad look awesome! I have a difficult time getting potato salad to taste better than just wet, bland mayo flavor. I bet the addition of the honey mustard and pickles and relish makes a big difference; can’t wait to give this a try!


  12. Fawn on April 22, 2009 at 11:48 am

    That’s a beautiful-looking salad! I never like potato salad until I had my neighbour’s. Her secret ingredient is apple cider vinegar.

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