This classic potato salad recipe is perfect all year round. You can add any extras that you like and the homemade potato salad dressing is the best!
When I was at university and I had to take a salad to a BBQ, I would always take potato salad. I was soooo fancy back then - cook some spuds, chop them up and throw in a jar of potato salad dressing. Genius!
I'm happy to say things have changed a little bit since then. Not only are we making our own mayonnaise we are turning that into an epic homemade potato salad dressing that is being added to potatoes, bacon, peas and whatever else you like adding to your potato salad.
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The great thing about potato salad as a side dish is that it can be made in advance! In fact, I think it is one of those rare salads that actually tastes better if it's been left in the fridge for at least a few hours, if not overnight.
No need to be in a mad panic right before you leave, or fussing with taking dressings in jars and making sure that they get stirred through at the exact right moment before the lettuce wilts - this is a strong salad that will stand up to transportation and not being treated like a baby. Perfect!
The dressing is super simple - homemade mayonnaise if you feel like it, otherwise use your favourite store bought one, add apple cider vinegar, dijon and wholegrain mustard and salt & pepper and shake together. So easy!
Like I said before, I like adding peas and bacon to my potato salad - personally, I also love adding corn or gherkins, but Josh doesn't like either of those, so I often put some in small containers and serve alongside the salad - that way I can add them but Josh doesn't have to go through picking them out of his salad!
I know some people who also add egg to their potato salad and it most definitely would be welcome here!
Make this next time you need to take a salad to a potluck or if you are just having sausages on the BBQ for a lazy summer dinner!
Other great salad ideas to try:
- Greek Pasta Salad
- Roast Veggie Salad
- Summer Pasta Salad
- Super Green Summer Salad with Quinoa
- Tabbouleh Salad
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Easy Potato Salad Recipe
- 800 grams cold potatoes (cut into cubes)
- ⅓ cup cooked bacon or ham
- ⅓ cup peas (can be frozen)
- 1 Tablespoon fresh chives (finely chopped)
Potato Salad Dressing
- ½ cup mayonnaise (bought or try homemade)
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
- Salt & pepper
- 1 Tablespoon honey (optional, but is nice for a touch of sweetness)
- Add potatoes, bacon or ham, peas and chives (plus any other add-ins) to a large mixing bowl.
- Add all potato salad dressing ingredients to a small jar, tightly screw on the lid and shake together. Pour over the potatoes and mix together well.
- Serve immediately or cover and store in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Salad will keep in the fridge for a few days.
David Bruce says
Brilliant...I add in more veges and it goes a long way so it can last two for about 3 meals. Take it away camping and you have your ready contribution to five plus a day from one container.
Delicious, didn't have any bacon so omitted but so tasty anyway. Definitely a favourite in our house.
This is the perfect potato salad recipe! My kids love it so much that it has become a much-requested family favourite. What I really like about it is that if I don't have a particular ingredient, it is not a disaster (apart from potatoes, lol). Sometimes I swap the mayonnaise with Aioli for extra deliciousness. Thank you so much Laura.
Diane Brown says
This is absolutely delicious. The dressing is perfect... highly recommend
I made a triple batch as part of a Christmas dinner - hands down the best potato salad I've ever made. My variation included peas and charred corn, but i left the pickles as an optional extra in a separate bowl. I used a half half mixture of yoghurt and mayo instead of just mayo as i generally prefer yoghurt and the dressing was divine. Everyone loved it, definitely bookmarking for future. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
This is my go to recipe for potato salad. It really is the best.
Holly Connolly says
So so soooo good. The whole family loved it!
Thank you for this recipe!
Awesome! Delicious I added egg too
Wendy Inkster says
My daughter is soooo fussy but even she said yummm....nicest no fuss dressing Ive tasted.