Introduction: Amazing Potato Salad
In this Instructable, I will show you how to make potato salad at home. This easy homemade potato salad recipe is perfect for get-togethers like gamedays, barbecues, family events, etc. It is one of my favorite side dishes! Potato salad is a staple here in the United States. It is super simple to make, if I can do it, you can do it. Let's get started!
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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial or do both.
Step 1: Ingredients and Tools
- 2.5 to 3 lbs of potatoes, Yukon Gold, Russet, Red, etc.
- 2 liters of water, doesn't have to be exact, just needs to cover the potatoes
- 2 tsp. salt for the water (10g)
- 1 cup mayonnaise (230g)
- 1 Tbsp yellow mustard (15g)
- 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard (15g)
- 2/3 to 3/4 cup of chopped celery (1 and 1/2 stalks)
- 2/3 to 3/4 cup of chopped dill pickles (100 to 125g)
- 1/4 cup of green onion (26g)
- 1/2 cup chopped purple onion, sweet onion, etc. (1/4 of a large onion) (52g)
- 1 Tbsp fresh dill (4g)
- 4 strips of cooked bacon, chopped
- 1/2 tsp of paprika (2g)
- 1/4 tsp of black pepper (1g)
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 to 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (7 to 15 ml)
- 2 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped
*Add more salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
NOTE: I want to point out most of these ingredients are optional, but each adds a texture, taste, etc., which all come together in one flavorful bite. But feel free to add more of one ingredient and less of another.
- Large pot
- Cutting board
Step 2: Boil the Potatoes
Begin by rinsing the potatoes, to remove any dirt that may be on them. Then cut the potatoes into quarters. If you like you can skin/peel them first. Place them in a large pot and then add enough water to cover them at least an inch high. Then add the salt to the water.
Place on the burner with the heat set to "high." Once the water comes to a boil, boil them for about 15 to 20 minutes until fork tender.
NOTE: This recipe makes roughly 8 servings or so. If you double the recipe you will need a really large stockpot or two large pots to boil that many potatoes or do it in stages.
While the potatoes are boiling you can cook the bacon, boil the eggs, and chop/prepare the other ingredients.
Once they are done boiling, pour them into a colander in the sink. Allow them to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Don't rinse them!
Step 3: Make the Dressing
Now add all the dressing ingredients into a large bowl.
Add the mayo, both mustards (you can double on or the other if you don't want to use both), chopped celery, chopped pickles, most of the chopped green onion, same some for garnishing, chopped red onion, most of the fresh dill, leave some for garnishing, most of the chopped bacon, leave some for garnishing, paprika, pepper, salt and then mix.
Then fold in the chopped hard-boiled eggs. Don't know how to make hard-boiled eggs? Check out this easy peel hard-boil eggs recipe of mine.
Now the dressing is ready.
Step 4: Cut and Peel the Potatoes
Now you can easily pull the skin/peel off of the boiled potatoes if you like. Honestly, I really like the skin, so I normally only remove some of it and leave the rest on, just a personal preference.
Cut the potatoes into smaller chunks and then place them in a large bowl. Preferably one that has a lid for it, which makes storage easier, but if not, you can use plastic wrap or foil later to cover it.
Step 5: Fold and Garnish
Now add the dressing and fold it in until well combined. The potato salad is ready. I like to chill it for at least 4 hours or even overnight before serving. It makes a wonderful dish to prepare the day before.
Don't forget to garnish the top with the reserved bacon, green onion, and fresh dill. Enjoy!
NOTE: It tastes wonderful cold or at room temp.
*You can print the recipe here if you like.
Step 6: Video Tutorial
Now watch those steps in action with this video tutorial. :)