This creamy, classic potato salad recipe has been tried and tested multiple times this Summer.
My husband declared it to be the best potato salad recipe he’d ever had.
I’ll take that as a win!;)
The truth is, potato salad is one of my favorite Summer salad recipes. It goes perfectly with barbecued burgers, our favorite grilled chicken marinade, sloppy joes (or turkey sloppy joes), and crock pot pulled pork sandwiches, and meatloaf.
But, I also admit that I’m a complete potato salad snob. I dish it up very gingerly at potlucks and buffets, because when it’s good, it’s good – and when it’s not, it’s awful!;)
I think much of the difference lies in the potato salad dressing recipe – and whether or not you like Miracle Whip or mayonnaise. This is for all of you Miracle Whip fans. I think you’ll love this classic potato salad recipe with egg!
How to Make the Best Potato Salad Ever
Potato Salad Ingredients
What really are the “classic” potato salad ingredients? In my research, I found the passionately argued requirements differed slightly based on the geographical location of the author. I narrowed it down to these:
- 6 medium potatoes (Yukon Gold or russet potatoes work best for potato salad. More details on that are below.)
- 1 Tablespoon vinegar
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
- 1/3 cup finely diced dill pickle
Potato salad dressing ingredients also varied based on preference. Here’s the ingredients that gave to us the flavor and creaminess we were looking for:
- 1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip salad dressing (see note below regarding the specifics of this)
- 1 Tablespoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sugar (or more, based on preference)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 Tablespoons milk, optional (see note below regarding this)
- 2 teaspoons fresh cut chives for garnish
- Sprinkle of paprika
Step by Step instructions for potato salad
Step 1: Cook, cool and dice the potatoes
“What type of potatoes are best for potato salad?”
Potato salad requires potatoes that will remain firm when they are cooked. Yukon Gold, Russet, or Red potatoes are the ones that seem to be up to the task for a perfect potato salad recipe.
“How long to boil potatoes for potato salad?”
To prepare the potatoes for potato salad, first wash them well with tap water, peel them, and cut them into large chunks (about 3 inches) that are about the same size. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover them with cold water I do NOT salt the water at this point, as the salt may make the potatoes watery in the salad later.
Bring the water to a boil, turn the heat down to medium high, and boil (covered with the lid) for about 20 minutes. Check their doneness by poking them with a fork to see if it slides through easily. If so, they are done! Be careful not to overboil them, or they will start to crumble apart in the water.
Once they are cooked, drain off the boiling water and toss them immediately with 1 Tablespoon vinegar. Let them sit in the vinegar in the heated pan for a few minutes. Then transfer to a colander to cool completely. (I put them in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.)
Once cooled completely, dice into large dices – about 1 inch squares and place in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Cook, cool, and dice/ slice the eggs
While the potatoes are cooking, you can also get the eggs cooking as well.
“How do I hard-boil eggs?”
- Place all 5 eggs in a saucepan and cover completely with cold water. Place the lid on the saucepan.
- Turn the burner heat up to high and bring to a boil.
- Once the water starts a rolling boil, turn off the heat but leave the saucepan (with the lid on) on the burner.
- Set the timer for 10 minutes.
- When the timer buzzes, immediately drain off the hot water, and run a continuous stream of cold water over the eggs in the pan.
- Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, tap gently on the counter top to break the shell and peel.
- Place peeled eggs in the fridge to cool completely.
- Once they are cooled, dice 4 eggs into large-sized dices (3/4 inch) and slice one egg to garnish the top of the salad.
- Add the diced eggs into the bowl with the diced, cooled potatoes.
Step 3: Add diced red onion and finely diced dill pickle to the bowl of potatoes and eggs. Stir to combine.
Step 4: Make potato salad dressing
To make potato salad dressing, mix together miracle whip, mustard, sugar, and salt & pepper. Then, do a little taste test!
This is where your personal preference comes in, and it’s important! Do you wish it were a little sweeter? Then, add a little sugar. Does it seem too thick? Then add 1-2 Tablespoons milk.
My very favorite potato salad dressing is made with our local grocery store’s generic Miracle Whip “salad dressing”. I find it is sweeter and thinner than the official “Miracle Whip” brand. It requires no additional sugar or milk. However, when I used Miracle Whip salad dressing, I added about 2 Tablespoons milk and an additional 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
Step 5: Stir the dressing into the potato and egg mixture. Garnish with fresh cut chives, egg slices and a sprinkle of paprika
Cover with plastic wrap and chill well in the refrigerator before serving.
Variations to classic potato salad
The great thing about potato salad is that it can be tweaked for taste preference, and optional add-ins can make it even more customizable! Here are some ideas:
- Want a more tangy potato salad recipe? Then add some vinegar or pickle juice into the dressing.
- Many traditional potato salad recipes include celery. Add some in if that sounds good to you. It will give it more “crunch”.
- Don’t have red onions? No problem! White or green onions can be substituted instead.
- Red pepper or radishes diced small would add some pretty color to the salad.
- Relish could be added to the dressing instead of using diced pickles.
- Add crumbled bacon for a delicious bacon potato salad.
- If you like mayonnaise better than Miracle Whip, just use it instead of the Miracle Whip.
How long does potato salad last?
Potato salad – when stored tightly covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator – can last up to 5 days. It does not freeze well.
Other Summer Side Dish and Salad Recipes:
- Cold pasta salad with ketchup dressing
- Strawberry spinach salad with creamy poppyseed dressing
- Greek Farmhouse Salad
- Black Bean Salad
- 12 Tasty Summer Salad Recipes
- 39 Best Berry Recipes
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