The BEST Potato Salad Recipe

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Are there special recipes in your family that are seriously THE BEST ever?! Those passed down from one generation to the next; one with a “secret” ingredient; or one that the whole family can’t wait to have at special occasions or certain times of the year? There are a few in our family. One is my mom’s garlic bread (so easy and soooo good) and the other is Great-Grandma’s Potato Salad! It is THE BEST! The picture for sure does not do it justice!
The BEST Potato Salad RecipeI don’t know the history behind it or anything like that. I just know it was a staple at Easter every year and some summer events too. I remember my great-grandma (who chose to be called “big grandma” even though she was about 5’2″ and 100 pounds! 😉 ) and my grandma making it growing it up. For the last many years, my mom has taken the reigns. It’s the best potato salad I’ve ever had. YUM! This recipe makes a big ‘ole vat because that’s how we roll! No point in going to all that work if there aren’t leftovers for the family. Or, it is PERFECT to bring for a pot luck or summer BBQ party!!

Big Grandma’s Potato Salad Recipe


  • 12-14 med/large russet potatoes -about 5 pounds (Yukon Gold are really good!)
  • 12-14 large hard-boiled eggs
  • 1/2 – 1 med. sweet yellow onion, diced (depending how much onion you like. I only use about 1/2)
  • 1 bunch of celery chopped (about 2-3 cups)
  • 1.5C – 3C mayonnaise (est. depends on size and # of potatoes)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 T (or more) yellow mustard to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
1. Rinse the potatoes. Boil whole with skin on until done, but still firm (not mushy)–approx. 20 mins.  Let cool (can put in ice bath to cool quickly). Then, peel and chop into large cubes (bite-sized)
2. Chop hard-boiled eggs into small dice.
3. Combine potatoes, eggs, onion, and celery in a very large bowl. Add seasonings to taste. Then add mayo, sour cream and mustard.
4. Mix carefully to not break up the potatoes too much. Use more or less of the mayo/sour cream as needed to have everything just barely coated, not excessively wet. You want it just slightly creamy, but not dripping! 😉 Make a day ahead and refrigerate overnight for better taste.
For a bit healthier version… (which is the way we’ve been making this recently, but is still SO good)
  • Use little red potatoes, DO NOT peel, just boil and quarter
  • Same amount of eggs, but when chopping, leave out about 1/2 the yolks
  • Use light or olive oil mayo
  • Replace sour cream with light sour cream -OR- swap with plain Greek yogurt!

For flavor variations add:

  • 1/2-1cup chopped parsley
  • fresh dill, chopped finely to taste
  • crispy crumbled bacon
  • chopped green onions, tops and all
  • crumbled bleu cheese
ALWAYS use equal number of eggs to potatoes!!!  If some potatoes are very large, then count 2 eggs or conversely, if some of the potatoes are as small as the eggs (like some of the Red ones) then count 1 egg per 2 tiny potatoes.
The end result is absolute, creamy deliciousness…the perfect summer side for your favorite BBQ or grilled recipe!!!
Seriously, yum! Now, I’m craving potato salad! I may just have to make some for 4th of July!! 😉 But, that’s not all the yummy stuff in this post! I’ve teamed up with a group of blogger friends to bring you a whole bunch of delicious summer recipes! In the list below, you’ll find more than 20 other great ideas! We’ve got you covered with drinks, desserts, sides, and more! Be sure to click around and pin your favorites…ENJOY!!!
  1. Great-Grandma’s “Secret-Ingredient” Potato Salad
  2. Blueberry Pie Bars
  3. Watermelon Green Tea
  4. Independence Day Cranberry Pop Rocks Mocktail
  5. Fruit Pizza
  6. Zucchini Recipes
  7. Grilled Pizza
  8. Fruit Yogurt Parfaits
  9. Root Beer Float Popsicles
  10. Watermelon Smoothie
  11. Refreshing Summer Noodle Salad
  12. Coke Float Popsicles
  13. Peach Cobbler Cupcakes
  14. Lemon Picnic Pasta
  15. Frozen Chocolate Bananas
  16. BBQ Chicken Pizza
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What are YOUR favorite summer recipes?


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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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10 Responses

  1. I love potato salad! Great recipe and great tip on the # of eggs per potato! And super thank you for adding my zucchini recipes link! 🙂

  2. Great recipe. I leave out the celery but add celery salt. I also dice up dill pickle for a bit of a crunch and add bit of pickle juice….yummo.

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