Old Fashioned Potato Salad

  • This Old Fashioned Potato Salad is the best! Just like grandma’s recipe, this traditional potato salad recipe is creamy and made with mayonnaise, sour cream, and hard-boiled eggs. Perfect for occasions out in the great outdoors!  

    Front view of potato salad with wooden spoon.

    If you’re looking for a recipe for old-fashioned potato salad, then look no further. This recipe is straight from my grandma and reminds me of my experiences at grandma’s when I was a little girl. Perfect for holidays and picnics outside, this potato salad is the perfect addition to warm weather.

    Old fashioned potato salad made with egg is a little different than the classic potato salad recipes, but guess what? You definitely will not regret adding the hard-boiled eggs. The eggs truly make this recipe well-rounded and extra hearty!

    Potato salad in clear bowl


    POTATOES: For this recipe, I like to use red potatoes. The texture of the red potatoes are just so good and perfect for potato salads.
    EGGS: Make sure the eggs are hard-boiled and chopped before starting this recipe. It will make your life much easier!
    SOUR CREAM: Any kind of sour cream will work for this recipe.
    MAYONNAISE: I like to use real mayonnaise as it provides the best flavor.
    ONION: Either a yellow or white onion will work for this recipe.
    PICKLE: Don’t you love a dill pickle? The pickle truly transforms this potato salad. My grandma always added this!
    GARLIC POWDER: Such a simple ingredient that you probably already have in the pantry.
    CELERY SALT: Don’t skip out on this ingredient. The perfect addition for flavor!
    PEPPER: Freshly cracked black pepper is best, but ground pepper is also okay!

    Potato salad on spoon

    How to Make Old Fashioned Potato Salad

    BOIL THE POTATOES: First, boil the potatoes until tender.

    COMBINE: Next, combine the boiled eggs, sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, pickle, garlic powder, and celery salt. Add the potatoes.

    CHILL: Chill the potato salad in the refrigerator for at least two hours or overnight before serving.

    SERVE: Serve cold and enjoy!

    Top view of potato salad with eggs


    Do you rinse potatoes after boiling for potato salad?

    To make sure the extra starch is removed from the potatoes, it is recommended to rinse them after boiling. This also allows the potatoes to stop cooking.

    How long can I keep this potato salad in the refrigerator?

    You can keep this old fashioned potato salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

    What are the best potatoes for potato salad?

    I like to use red potatoes for potato salad, but golden potatoes are good, too.

    Tips for the Best Old Fashioned Potato Salad

    • Make sure the potatoes are fully cooked. If they are not cooked all the way, then they will be crunchy rather than tender.
    • Peel the potatoes before boiling them.
    • For an extra touch, garnish this potato salad with fresh parsley.
    • Keep the salad refrigerated until ready to serve.

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    5 from 1 vote
    This Old Fashioned Potato Salad is made with mayonnaise, sour cream and hard boiled eggs. It's the perfect compliment to any bbq!
    Old Fashioned Potato Salad
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins

    This Old Fashioned Potato Salad is the best! Just like grandma's recipe, this traditional potato salad recipe is creamy and made with mayonnaise, sour cream, and hard-boiled eggs. Perfect for occasions out in the great outdoors!  

    Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy potato salad recipe with mayo, super simple potato salad, traditional potato salad recipe
    Servings: 8 servings
    Calories: 273 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    • 3 pounds red potatoes scrubbed and cut into bite sized pieces
    • 4 hard boiled eggs chopped
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • ¾ cup real mayonnaise
    • ¼-⅓ cup finely chopped onion
    • ¼ cup finely chopped dill pickle
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon celery salt
    • Seasoned salt to taste
    1. In a large pot boil potatoes just until tender. Don’t overcook the potatoes or they can become mushy and loose their shape. When the potatoes are tender drain and let cool for about 15 minutes.
    2. While the potatoes are cooling combine the eggs, sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, pickle, garlic powder and celery salt in a large bowl. Add in the potatoes and stir gently to combine.
    3. Chill covered in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and even overnight before serving.
    Recipe Notes
    1. STORAGE: This can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. 
    2. I prefer to use red skinned potatoes because they can hold their shape better than russet potatoes. You can also substitute in yukon gold potatoes.
    3. I like to make this potato salad the day before so it has time for the flavors to meld together.
    Nutrition Facts
    Old Fashioned Potato Salad
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 273 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 13g20%
    Saturated Fat 5g31%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 112mg37%
    Sodium 470mg20%
    Potassium 868mg25%
    Carbohydrates 32g11%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 7g14%
    Vitamin A 349IU7%
    Vitamin C 15mg18%
    Calcium 64mg6%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

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