How to Make Potato Salad

If you want to learn how to make potato salad, you've come to the right place! Use our classic potato salad recipe to win over picnic- and potluck-goers alike, then learn how to make red potato salad and German potato salad. We'll teach you everything you need to know to make this creamy, delicious, essential summer side dish.

The timing of cooking your potato is important when it comes to your potato salad recipe. We'll show you just the moment to cut and the moment to cook your potato.

Classic Potato Salad

Follow these simple steps to learn how to make potato salad with egg and mayo, a fan-favorite side. In our opinion, a potluck is never complete without the best classic potato salad. Once you've mastered the original homemade potato salad recipe, try one of the recipe twists below.

Get the recipe for our Classic Potato Salad

1. Cook the Potatoes

In a medium saucepan place potatoes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and enough water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Wondering how long to boil potatoes for potato salad? They'll be done in no time! Simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until just tender. Drain well.

2. Make the Dressing

Meanwhile, for dressing, combine mayonnaise, mustard, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the celery, onion, and pickles.

Get the recipe for our Herbed Potato Salad

3. Combine Ingredients

Add the potatoes and eggs. Toss lightly to coat. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.

Get the Potato-Cauliflower Salad recipe

How to Make Potato Salad with Red Potatoes

Want to make your potato salad stand out from the rest of the usual potluck crowd? Try using red potatoes instead! Especially when you leave the skins on, red potatoes can easily bring a whole new look (and a slightly different flavor) to make over plain potato salad.

Try our Corn and Potato Salad recipe to help you learn how to make red potato salad.

How to Make German Potato Salad

German potato salad is usually served warm, unlike classic potato salad with egg and mayo. German potato salad recipes usually feature bacon and vinegar as main ingredients. Since it’s served hot, German potato salad isn’t as much of a picnic favorite as classic potato salad, but that doesn’t mean you should pass this version up! Try serving German potato salad for dinner alongside just about any meat entrée, or make this warm dish in winter for a cold-weather variation of summer potato salad.

Get the recipe for Hot German-Style Potato Salad

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