Classic Potato Salad

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I am always amazed at how many different ways there are to make a potato salad; mayonnaise based, mixed with oil and vinegar, tossed with various dressings, the options are really endless. I must admit that despite these many variations, I always return to a good old classic potato salad.


In fact, I believe that everyone needs a reliable potato salad up their sleeve, so today I am sharing with you mine. Filled with potatoes, celery, and diced hard boiled eggs, this salad is a true crowd pleaser. Give it a try with your next backyard barbecue or as an easy side dish for a quick sandwich night, you’ll love it!


What’s your favorite way to eat potato salad? Let me know below!

Paula’s Notes: While classic potato salad is notoriously fat laden and highly caloric, the main culprit behind this is the mayonnaise. In my recipe I like to use a combination of light Miracle Whip and mayonnaise, which provides a creamy, delicious dressing without compromising the flavor. I would not recommend using fat free varieties, however, as this is when you may notice a change in the taste.

Classic Potato Salad

Yields: 8 1/2 cup servings


  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup light miracle whip
  • 1 tbls. yellow mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1-1/2 lb. white potatoes (about 5) – cubed, cooked and cooled.
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs – chopped
  • 3 green onions – thinly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks –  sliced


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together first four ingredients.
  2. Gently fold in remaining ingredients until everything is fully coated in the dressing.
  3. Chill at least two hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Enjoy!


Donna · July 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Just by the plateful! I love potato salad, but especially love the homemade version. You cannnot buy one that tastes as good as homemade in my book!

    Paula M · July 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I agree Donna, homemade is always best, and you can't go wrong with a classic!

Holly · July 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

mmmmmmmm. This looks good. I love potato salad and had one summer where I went on a potato salad binge. I think classic (without egg) is my favorite, but this looks good. A lot of people eat potato salad like this as a main plate here, except olive oil is often the only dressing.

    Paula M · July 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    That's interesting. I could probably eat it as my main dish, too. You even have your protein from the eggs…who says it can't be a complete meal?

Karly · July 4, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Okay, I need to make this like now. Before “eat all the potato salad you want without feeling guilty” day ends. (Yes, I’m talking about the 4th). But for real, this looks SO delish! Love the chunky potatoes and classic dressing!

    Paula's Plate · July 4, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks, Karly! Yes, aren’t “eat all the potato salad you want without feeling guilty days” the best? It doesn’t stop at the 4th for me. Add in Labor Day, Memorial Day, Monday, Tuesday…. 😉

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