Homestyle Potato Salad

This Homestyle Potato Salad recipe is tried and true. It comes straight from Mom’s recipe box and has been polished off at every family gathering held from March to October.
Homestyle Potato Salad Recipe In fact, I can’t imagine a family BBQ, picnic, or trip to the lake without this delicious Homestyle Potato Salad as a side dish.  It is my favorite potato salad in the world!  I have never had a potato salad that even comes close to being this good.  Forget about the nasty store bought stuff!  See the video below to see how simple it is to make.

The dressing on the potato salad is key.  I always use Best Food’s/Hellmann’s mayonnaise.  It simply tastes the best.


We have picky eaters in the family that don’t like anything “crunchy” in their potato salad, but personally, I love adding celery and maybe a little green onion for extra flavor.  There is also some debate in the family over pickles vs. dill weed.  Again, the “crunchy” factor comes into play.  I’m good either way, but I do love fresh dill weed in this salad.  It adds a freshness to the taste that is hard to beat.


To chop fresh dill weed, remove the fern-like leaves and stems from the thick center stem. Use a large, sharp knife to mince the dill leaves to the desired consistency.  If you don’t have fresh dill, you can also use dried dill weed.  It’s always best to use dried seasonings within 6 months to a year of purchase.  To get the best flavor from the dried dill, crush it between your hands before adding it to the salad.


It has been fun for us to get comments on this potato salad recipe and learn how many different ingredients people use in their potato salads. You may find something in this list that you would like to try – I know I have. Here is a list of ingredients that our readers have used in their potato salads: Cucumbers, radishes, celery, diced chives, chopped pimientos, dill relish, pickle juice, Italian dressing mix, shredded yellow or sweet onion (gives flavor without the crunch), spicy brown mustard, bacon, green pepper, and frozen green peas.


We know you will just love this Homestyle Potato Salad recipe.  This really has been in the family for years.  It is the one and only potato salad recipe that we use… it is THAT good.  Enjoy!


Serves 8-10

Homestyle Potato Salad

This Homestyle Potato Salad recipe is tried and true. It comes straight from Mom's recipe box and is always polished off at our family gatherings.

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  • 5 medium potatoes (red potatoes taste the best)
  • 8 eggs, hard boiled (save 2 eggs to use for garnish on salad)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c. Mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • mustard, to taste
  • 1/2 c. sweet pickle relish (or 5 to 6 diced baby dill pickles, if you don't like it sweet)
  • Dill weed or paprika (optional)


  • Boil potatoes (do not peel) for about 40 minutes until potatoes are tender, but still firm (if you are using red potatoes do it for less time.. 15-20 minutes or so).
  • Peel and dice potatoes AND 6 eggs. Add salt and pepper and toss. Mix remaining ingredients separately and fold into potato mixture.
  • Slice remaining 2 eggs and layer on top of salad. Sprinkle top of salad with dill weed or paprika.
  • Refrigerate overnight (or at least 6-8 hours).

This Homestyle Potato Salad Recipe Goes Well With…

This Homestyle Potato Salad is delicious with fried chicken, grilled or baked chicken, ham, sandwiches, hamburgers, and hot dogs.  Some suggestions for grill recipes to enjoy with this potato salad are our Sweet Teriyaki Grilled Ham Steaks, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, Saucy BBQ Hot Dogs, and our Bacon and Blue Cheeseburgers.


Homestyle Potato Salad also pairs well with our Oven Fried Chicken, Ultimate BLT, Turkey and Brie Sandwich, and our Zesty Italian Wraps.  I’ve also eliminated meat altogether and just had a vegetarian meal where I have served this salad with a big, fresh garden salad.


  1. Liz says:

    Love this recipe. Very close to y own recipe. Thank you. Have a Great Weekend!

    • Jan says:

      I always a little celery seed, gives the celery taste without the crunch.

      • Echo says:

        That is a great idea – especially if you don’t like celery. Thanks!

  2. SHERAN says:

    I just wanted to say, you are my all time favorite website for recipes. Everything I make is delicious! Keep them coming, have a great day!

    • Erica says:

      Sheran– Thank you so much! That is such a huge compliment to us! We will do our best to keep bringing you our very favorite recipes… you are always welcome here! Thanks again! 🙂

  3. Cheryl Dugger says:

    This is very close to the same recipe I use, but I never measure and we also like it better warm and I add onion, it is also better if you have homemade pickle relish!!

  4. Barb says:

    Your recipe looks very good…..but potato salad recipes are like opinions…..very one has one.

    My mom’s recipe has been a family favorite for eons, but I’m always open to trying a new version just for a change of pace.

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. The Better Baker says:

    Looks mighty tasty. MMM good! Perfect for summertime.

  6. Lynn's Southern Heart says:

    This is very similar to my potato salad recipe also! I love all your recipes and the fact that y’all are home cooks that like to cook simple straight forward recipes that dont require fussy ingredients! Thanks and I look forward to all you post!

  7. Kathleen says:

    This recipe is so much like my Mom’s. I too hate anything crunchy in mine. I use 1/2 and 1/2 with the mayo, instead of sour cream, but I’m sure they end up tasting the same. I love your recipes, and purchased your book.

  8. Margie says:

    Potato salads can vary that’s for sure. I love seeing the little different touches each family calls their own. Mine, of course is the best ! for my taste buds. No relish, dill or onions or green olives. Mine has black olives, bacon, boiled eyes, mustard and mayo. But I think I will try a little sour cream and see what that does. Thank you for listing your ingredients.

    • Lynde F. says:

      I actully googled “boiled eyes” thinking it was an exotic ingredient I had not heard of–lol-now I know you must have meant boiled eggs;)

      • April says:

        i just died laughing from this comment~ It hit my funny bone pretty hard! 🙂

        • MA HAYES says:

          Boiled eyes….. Is this for Halloween?

      • Rose says:

        I also did the same thing. Lol

      • Faye Shirley says:

        I was wondering what the boiled eyes were myself

    • Tammy says:

      LoL This is the funniest thing I read today thus far. “Boiled Eyes” hehehe I am sharing this with my mother, because we relate <3

      • Emily says:

        Oh man, that was a bad typo! Fixing now. Haha!

    • ily says:

      eyes or eggs?

  9. Shari says:

    This recipe sounds delightful and delicious! Looks easy too which I’m always looking for. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Shari says:

    Made this! It’s always scary to try a new potato salad. . . LOVED IT!!! Thanks!

  11. Cindy Lee Watts says:

    This sounds delicious and very close to my recipe. Boiling the potatoes first before peeling makes all the difference in the world in taste. I use celery and onion in mine. That’s the southern coming out. LOL Thanks for sharing!

  12. Kendall says:

    Isn’t it harder to peel the potatoes after they’ve been boiled? Why not peel them prior to boiling? Other than that little technicality, this sounds really delicious! Top with a little paprika for color and slight flavor, and voila!

    • Lisa says:

      no, it is usually easier to peel after they are boiled. skin practically falls off. just let them cool a bit before handling. I think boiling first also prevents them from getting too soft and turning into mashed potatoes.

  13. Denise says:

    Thank you for sharing a easy wonderful recipe. I’ve been looking for a new potato salad recipe to call my own. My mom and sister have their versions, now this will be mine. Yum!!!

  14. anna says:

    how many does this recipe typically feed?

    • Erica says:

      Probably 6-8 depending on the size of potatoes and how hungry everyone is!

  15. karen says:

    we also cut up cucumbers & radishes & celery also – yummy!

  16. Julianne says:

    This recipe looks delicious..potato salads are my favourite and I also have to say you are my favourite cooking site, your food is always amazing, thank you…x

    • Erica says:

      Julianne- Thank you so much! We are honored to be called your favorite cooking site 🙂 We will do our best to keep the recipes coming for you!

  17. Susan Smith says:

    Mine is very similar but I do use onions. I don’t like raw onions so I dice them up and cook them with my potatoes. Yum!

    • Erica says:

      Cooking them up with the potatoes is a great idea!

    • Madeline says:

      You can add diced chives. You can also soak them in ice water for about 10 or 15 minutes to make them milder in taste if you like. If you choose to soak chives dry off on paper towel before adding it to salad. I add them without soaking. Diced chives and chopped pimientos add color and taste to the recipe.

  18. Madeline says:

    I always use Miracle Whip whenever Mayonnaise is required in any recipe. It makes a huge and delightful difference. Some cooks argue which is best. Try both and choose the one that works best for you.

    I find that peeled, cut and boiled potatoes have a better outcome (texture wise and the ability to absorb ingredients).

    Once the water comes to a boil watch carefully to not over cook potatoes. Stir gently now and then to create even cooking. It helps to make all cuts basically the same in size for better cooking result. Twenty minutes boiling time (give or take) is usually enough for me.

    After draining potatoes…In a large bowl salt and pepper potatoes (don’t mix) and let cool to room temperature or slightly warmer. Cool time helps potatoes to firm up. Add all ingredients before mixing. With a large mixing spoon mix gently but thorough and evenly. Add more of this and that ingredient if you feel the need. Serve or chill first before serving. I love potato salad!

  19. jolene says:

    Great recipe! I like to add onions too.

  20. Jean says:

    i have a quick question. I see you have in your recipe ingredients Mayo OR Miracle Whip? I don’t get this (respectfully – I really don’t). They are two different things totally. To me, it’s like saying salt or pepper. I would not be able to eat it if mayo was put in that salad. It needs to be Miracle Whip IMO. I get – it’s all how you grew up. I’m sure it is. I just know I can’t even stomach potato salad made with mayo. I remember the first time I realized this – I took a big bite thinking it was going to be delicious and it wasn’t. It ended up in my napkin.

    • Erica says:

      It really depends on your personal taste. Some of us in our family prefer MW with it and some prefer Mayo– that is why we list it both ways. It depends on if you like it sweet or not. Personally I can go either way– I PREFER it with Mayo but I can eat it with MW and it still tastes great.

    • D Varble says:

      Sometimes the choice of mayo or mw is a diabetic one mw contains more sugar so mayo is that choice I grew up with mw and it was a hard change to mayo and after 14 years I still miss mw

  21. Mary says:

    Your potatoe salad is similar to mine. I have to use Best Foods or Hellmans Mayonaise. These are the same it just depends on which side of the Mississippi River you live. I use less sour cream but I do use green onions chopped very fine using part of the green. I may or may not use celery but always celery salt. Sometimes I add Italian dressing mix. Just the dry package, no oil and I use a little of the pickle juice. My husband hates mustard so I only use to color not taste. For every 5 lbs of boiled red potatoes, i use 12 boiled eggs saving 2 to decorate the top. I mix the seasonings and wet items together then add to the chpped potatoes, eggs, onion and pickles. I have used baby dills but like kosher dills better.

    • Echo says:

      Thank you for sharing your recipe! It’s always interesting to learn how different families have their special ingredients. You’ve given some great tips! I’ll try them out next time I make this salad.

  22. Candice says:

    Could you tell me approximately how many pounds of potatoes you use? I know you say medium, but I’m worried I’m going to get the wrong amount of potatoes.

    • Echo says:

      5 medium potatoes is approximately 1 1/2 pounds of potatoes. If you are worried about getting too many potatoes, don’t mix all of them in at once. Hold out some and then add more to your desired taste. If you feel like the salad is too dry, you can also add more dressing. Thank you for asking!

  23. Dolores Jones says:

    being from VA, home of Dukes Mayonnaise, this is the unique flavor that my family likes in most everything that calls for mayonnaise. – especially on fresh tomato sandwiches. YUM also, all of the salads that are so popular in summer time. Try it, you might just like it.

  24. Judy says:

    Similar to my grandmother’s recipe. I don’t put pickles in, just eggs, potatoes, mayo, spices and a small onion, shredded. Shredding the onion prevents the crunch which I also dislike in potato salad but give a good flavor.

    • Erica says:

      Ooh I like the idea of shredding the onion! Thanks for sharing!

    • Bernie says:

      Sounds a lot like mine. 5# potatoes boiled with skins on.. 18 eggs, a little chopped onions. I chop the egg white and partly mash most of the yellows with a fork. Wisk the Hellmans, mashed egg yellow and small squirt of spicy brown mustard together for the dressing.

  25. Mary says:

    sound really nice I’m going to try are are quantitys American .also can you please post a recipe for cream of garlic soup .thanx

    • Echo says:

      Yes, the quantities are American. I’ve never had cream of garlic soup. I’ll see what I can do! Thank you for visiting our site!

  26. Julie Pierce says:

    This is wonderful. You can also use canned potatoes as well and it is less work to cook and peel.

    • Echo says:

      I’ve never used canned potatoes before. Thanks for the tip!

  27. Karen Coghlan says:

    I love potato salad with egg, but the sour cream makes it sound even more delicious, thank you for sharing…

    • Echo says:

      The sour cream makes the dressing more creamy. It’s not for everyone, but I love it!

  28. Karen says:

    My family recipe (from PA) uses powdered onion and celery, my moms preference, no sour cream but vinegar. Miracle whip, vinegar and sugar are mixed together to get the flavor wanted, then added to the rest of the salad.

    • Echo says:

      There are so many unique ways to make potato salad and tweak the ingredients and flavors to our preferences, and what the kids will eat, right? Thank you for sharing your family recipe!

  29. emily says:

    Anxious to try this! What type of mustard do you use (just plain yellow?)

    • Echo says:

      Yes, we use yellow mustard. Thanks for asking!

  30. Karen says:

    Our family also prefers a plain, non crunchy salad. I make a homemade mayonnaise though instead of the regular mayo etc.

  31. Teri says:

    I use a little chopped celery, a little onion and about 1/2 lb of bacon in mine but everything else is the same … yummmm ^_^

    • Teri says:

      That’s GREEN onion .. oops !

  32. Linda Young says:

    I have never put eggs in potato salad. Is this something new?

    • Erica says:

      I don’t think I have ever had potato salad WITHOUT them lol.. maybe it is just our family?

      • betty says:

        also never heard of potato salad without eggs…
        sounds odd

      • Johanne L. says:

        Chez nous aussi y a toujours eu des œufs dans la salade de pommes de terre

  33. elsa says:

    Try your recipe like it is but add Beau Monde seasoning. And use Dukes mayonnaise. Use Dukes and you will never go back.

  34. elsa says:

    Additional message. NO MUSTARD !!

  35. Narda says:

    Here’s one I didn’t see in the comments –
    I bake my potatoes. No stirring.
    I make mine similar to yours, though, in every other way.

  36. betty says:

    no onions, no mustard, no celery, no green pepper?? ;o( we like a lot more in ours

    • Doris Beesing says:

      I agree ,up North we added radrishes (before they became hot) also a little sweet red peppers if I had them. we liked ours mustard was spicy. the rest was the same.

  37. Linda says:

    Jamie I copied this many years ago when you had your show. My family just loves the Potato Salad. Thank You so very much

  38. Emma says:

    Can I use dill pickle relish(we don’t like sweet) or just cut up a few regular pickles? I think the baby pickles taste different. Thanks!

    • Erica says:

      Absolutely! I use dill relish all the time

  39. Unclebuck says:

    Sounds great, but we like just a little finely chopped celery, carrot, onion and some frozen green peas for good measure.

  40. Liz says:

    I’m always curious to see how others make their potato salad, and I like that yours is very much like mine! I’ve been making potato salad for 40 plus years and always get compliments so must be doing something right. I was told to use 1 egg for every 2 potatoes and then 2 extra to slice for the top as a decoration. I use Best Foods only, there is a difference in the taste of mayos, but do add a Tablespoon of Miracle Whip for flavor, and 1 heaping teaspoon each of Dill and Sweet Pickle relish. Also a genorous squirt of plain old yellow mustard. I then finely grate about 1 Tablespoon or a little more of sweet yellow onion into the salad and stir well. I find that grating the onion gives you a wonderful taste without being way too oniony and harsh. Just has to be the sweet yellow, like a Vidalia or Georgia Gold. 🙂

    • Erica says:

      Thanks so much for the comment and tips! We ONLY use Best Foods as well. They definitely do it right 😉 I like the idea of grating the onion. I am definitely not a fan of big onion chunks in my potato salad 😀

  41. Kathy says:

    Looks good, but I have been using my grandmother’s recipe for years…I steam my potato’s that way they are not mushy I also cut up sweet onion & celery really fine and add my seasoning then put into the refrig overnight that way the potato’s take on the flavor

  42. Nana says:

    Too many eggs for me and my family but otherwise close to my own. I don’t measure anything. I use dill pickle relish and celery.

  43. Suzan says:

    Good flavors,but I thought it was a little dry and could use more dressing.

    • Erica says:

      A little extra mayo never hurt anyone 😉 definitely add more if you think it needs it!

  44. Karen says:

    I save time by putting my potatoes and/or macaroni in my stovetop pressure cooker with the eggs on a rack for eight minutes. Cooked together perfectly! Just take the pressure off immediately and get the eggs in cold water, you don’t want them to continue cooking.

    • Echo says:

      Thank you for sharing, Karen. The pressure cooker does save so much time!

  45. Rhianon says:

    Yum, this sounds great! I’ll definitely have to make some- I’ll probably go the dill relish route, although I always have trouble deciding which one to pick when it comes to egg salad!

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