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Easy Potato Salad Classic Summer Recipe!

This Easy Potato Salad Recipe is a classic potato salad recipe that’s perfect for every summer backyard barbecue! It’s easy to make and packed with flavour! You’re going to love this crowd-pleasing side dish recipe for summer!

Easy Potato Salad Recipe

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Summer is almost here and what better way to celebrate than a good old classic Easy Potato Salad recipe!? This classic recipe is a family favourite recipe that makes an appearance at almost all our backyard barbecues!

spoonful of potato salad with green onions and paprika

Ingredients for Easy Potato Salad

To make this recipe you’ll need:

  • potatoes
  • celery
  • green onions
  • hard boiled eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • dijon mustard
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • dill
  • white wine vinegar

bowl of easy potato salad

How to Make Easy Potato Salad

Making homemade potato salad is SO easy!

  1. Choose the right potatoes. Not all potatoes are created equally and the best potatoes for potato salad are waxy potatoes like white potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, and even new potatoes.
  2. Don’t overcook the potatoes. Cooking the potatoes just until fork tender ensures the potatoes keep their shape and you won’t end up with a mashed potato salad.
  3. Keep the flavours simple. Using basic spices and high quality sour cream and mayonnaise is the best way to enjoy all the classic potato salad flavours!
  4. Make the dressing ahead. Making the dressing ahead of time gives time for the flavours to blend and develop and will create a super flavourful salad.
  5. Refrigerate before serving. Refrigerating the salad for several hours before serving creates optimal flavour and texture!

bowl of easy potato salad in white bowl with green onions

Looking for more delicious summer salads? You’ll love this Strawberry Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette Dressing and this Easy Classic Taco Salad!

spoonful of easy potato salad



spoonful of easy potato salad

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Let me know in the comments below, what’s your favourite easy side dish for summer? I’d love to know!



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Easy Potato Salad

This Easy Potato Salad Recipe is a classic potato salad that’s perfect for a backyard barbecue! A crowd-pleasing side dish recipe for summer!


Course: Salad, Side Dish

Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Keyword: classic potato salad, easy potato salad, easy potato salad recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 297kcal

Author: Chrissie


For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

For the Potato Salad:

  • 3 lbs white potatoes (white or Yukon Gold potatoes are best for potato salad)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped spring onions
  • chopped fresh dill, smoked paprika, and/or chives for garnish (optional)


  • To a large mason jar or bowl add the mayo, sour cream, mustard, salt and pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, dill, and vinegar.

  • Whisk all the dressing ingredients together (or cover the mason jar and shake to combine) and set the dressing aside.

  • Wash and chop the potatoes. You can peel them first, or leave the peels on – your choice.

  • Add the potatoes to a large pot and add water just until the potatoes are covered with water.

  • Add the pot to the stove on medium-high heat and wait for the water to boil. Once the water begins to boil, turn the heat down to medium, cover the pot and let the potatoes cook for about 8-10 minutes. You’ll have to check on them every few minutes to make sure they don’t over-cook. You’ll know they’re done when you can pierce one with a fork without too much force but all the pieces are still intact.

  • Use a colander to drain the potatoes and rinse them under cold water until they cool to room temperature.

  • Once the potatoes are cool, be sure to let them dry for a few minutes before assembling the salad. If your potatoes are wet the dressing won’t stick to them and you’ll end up with a mess. The best way to do this is to lay them out on a clean kitchen towel for a few minutes.

  • While you’re waiting, chop the celery, hard boiled eggs, and green onions.

  • Add the potatoes to a large bowl and add the dressing. Toss the potatoes until they’re well coated. Add the celery, eggs, and green onions, and toss gently.

  • If you’re serving this dish at a dinner party or to a crowd, now’s a good time to transfer it to a clean bowl. Tossing the salad in this creamy dressing creates quite a mess.

  • Garnish the top with some chopped fresh chives, a sprinkle of smoked paprika, or fresh dill, and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve!


This potato salad recipe keeps well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To make this salad ahead simply prepare as directed and store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 48 hours in advance of serving (for optimal flavour).


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 464mg | Potassium: 812mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

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