Best Creamy Potato Salad: Easy To Make (Mom’s Perfect Recipe)

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This is the BEST Potato Salad recipe EVER. It comes straight from Mom’s recipe box. Tender chunks of potatoes and hard boiled eggs covered in creamy dressing is tried and true and a hit at any gathering!

Potato salad in a large bowl next to potatoes and a hard boiled egg

The BEST Potato Salad Recipe

In our family, we can’t imagine a family barbecue, picnic, or game day buffet without this rich and creamy homemade potato salad as a side dish.

Now, I know that everyone says their mom makes the best potato salad, but in this case it’s totally true! Once you try this recipe, you’ll never go back to that nasty store-bought stuff again.

Which Potatoes Are Best for Potato Salad?

The very best potato salad recipe begins and ends with what type of potatoes you use. We love waxy potatoes like Yukon Gold potatoes or red potatoes, because they hold their shape as they cook and keep their firm texture in the salad while chopping and tossing with the dressing.

However, if you don’t have any of those kinds on hand, you can use Russets. We’ve used them in this recipe many times and they work fine. They’re just a bit softer and flakier than red potatoes or Yukon Gold, but taste just as delicious.

If you love potatoes as much as we do, be sure to check out our other Potato Recipes!

Mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, mustard, and chopped dill pickles in a mixing bowl.

The Best Mayo

For this recipe Best Food’s/Hellmann’s mayonnaise is the absolute best for the sauce. It has the perfect creamy, tangy flavor that blends deliciously with the potatoes, eggs and spices. Try it and see for yourself!

Instant Pot Potato Salad

Make things even easier on yourself and prepare your potatoes and eggs in the Instant Pot at the SAME TIME! It’s a huge time-saver and you dirty less dishes.

Simply put the potatoes (whole) in the Instant Pot and add the eggs. Just make sure the eggs don’t touch the sides.

Add a cup of water and then cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, slow-release for 5 minutes, then quick release.

The egg yolks are perfectly cooked every time. No green ring around the egg yolk, which makes the extra slices nice for garnishing the top.

Immediately put the eggs in an ice water bath for 5 minutes and allow the potatoes to cool to room temperature. Peel the skin off the potatoes (optional) and dice to use in the recipe.

Potatoes and eggs in an Instant Pot

More Add-In Ideas

The beauty of this classic potato salad recipe is you can add any ingredients you like to create your own homemade potato salad. Here are some ideas for some additional add-ins:

  • celery
  • onion
  • cucumbers
  • radishes
  • chives
  • pimentos
  • dill or sweet relish
  • pickle juice
  • Italian dressing mix
  • bacon
  • green peas
  • olives
  • garlic powder

How to Chop Fresh Dill Weed for Potato Salad

Side view of potato salad in a bowl next to a napkin

We have a few picky eaters in the family (who will remain nameless) who don’t care for anything “crunchy” in their potato salad. Personally, I love adding celery and green onion for extra texture and flavor.

There’s also some debate in the family over pickles vs. dill weed. Again, the crunchy factor comes into play. However, dill weed adds such a delightful dimension to the potato salad flavor.

Here’s how to chop fresh dill weed:

  1. First, remove the fern-like leaves and stems from the thick center stem.
  2. Then, use a large sharp knife to mince the dill leaves to the desired consistency.
  3. If you don’t have fresh dill, you can use dried, but it’s always best to use dried seasonings within six months of purchase.
  4. To get the best flavor from the dried dill, crush it between your hands before adding it to the salad.

More Succulent Side Dishes

Looking for more sides to round out your next picnic or party buffet? In our opinion, the more sides the better. So try a few of our favorite recipes:

How to Make the PERFECT Potato Salad

Top view of potato salad garnished with hard boiled egg and dill

Homestyle Potato Salad

4.73 from 36 votes
Our best potato salad recipe comes straight from Mom's recipe box. Tender chunks of potatoes and eggs covered in creamy dressing is tried and true and a hit at any gathering!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
0 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10




  • In a large pot, boil potatoes with peel on for about 25-30 minutes until potatoes are fork tender, but still firm. After potatoes are cooked, drain the water and allow to cool until cool enough to handle. Peel and dice into small cubes and place in a large bowl.
    Diced tomatoes in a bowl
  • Peel and dice 6 of the eggs (save 2 eggs for garnish) and place in the bowl with the potatoes. Add salt and pepper and lightly toss.
    Cooked, diced potatoes and chopped hard boiled egg in a bowl
  • In a small bowl, stir mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, mustard, relish, dill and any other mix-ins together. Fold mixture into the eggs and potatoes until well combined.
    Mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, mustard, and chopped dill pickles in a mixing bowl.
  • Slice remaining 2 eggs and layer on top of salad. Garnish with dill weed or paprika. Refrigerate overnight (or at least 6-8 hours).
    Potato salad being mixed in a bowl

Nutrition Information

Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 8gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 246mgPotassium: 505mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 420IUVitamin C: 12.4mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 4.2mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is so yummy. We loved the add in suggestions and this time tried peas, pimentos and italian dressing. What a versatile base recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Chunky, creamy, & delicious!! We take this to every picnic, bbq, party, you name it! Everyone always loves it!