Mom’s Easy Potato Salad Side Dish

Everyone loves a good potato salad on a hot summer day! If you haven't made it for awhile, this is a new recipe you NEED to try!

We are BBQ-ing a lot these last few weeks because I finally got brave enough to remove the small beehive from my grill.
If the neighbors were looking out their window, I bet they were laughing at my girly screams and slamming of the grill top.
But because we have been cooking on the grill, I have been craving my Mom’s Potato Salad. It really is so delicious and brings back so many memories of growing up, not to mention it is the easiest potato salad recipe I have ever made.

Tips on how to make potato salad:

1. Be sure to chop the potatoes into bite sized pieces. The smaller they are, the faster they will cook!
2. This recipe doesn’t call for onions, but onions chopped really small make this recipe taste delicious!
3. You can make this potato salad with sweet or dill pickles. Both ways taste delicious!

what potatoes work best for this recipe?

For this recipe, we usually use russet potatoes. However, you could easily switch it up, and use any potato.

I have had this recipe with mini red potatoes and it was just as delicious, and worked out just as well. They also didn’t peel the potatoes (which I usually do) and it was yummy.

We wouldn’t recommend sweet potatoes with this recipe. The sweet and the tangy flavors might not pair very well together. For the best results we recommend using mini red potatoes, or russet potatoes.

How to make Instant Pot Potato Salad (Video)

Did you know that you can make this recipe in the INSTANT POT?

The difference when making it in the Instant Pot is how you cook the potatoes and eggs.

1. Cut your potatoes into bite sized pieces and put it in the bottom of your Instant pot. Place your eggs right on top of your potatoes.
2. Close the lid and put on Sealing. Push the manual button (or high pressure) and cook for 6 minutes.
3. Move the knob over to venting (or quick release)
4. Add the remainder of the ingredients just like in the recipe below!

You can cook the eggs and potatoes at the same time. Watch how to do it here:

These are my favorite recipes to make with Potato Salad:

Mom's Easy Potato Salad Side Dish

25 minPrep Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 8 potatoes, cooked and diced into bite size pieces
  • 8 eggs, hard boiled
  • 3/4 cup dill or sweet pickles, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 cup mayo (I like to use Light Miracle Whip... yes I'm a Miracle Whip girl)
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Salad supreme seasoning, optional to sprinkle on top


  1. Bring two pots of water to a boil. In one pot boil your potatoes for about 40 minutes, or until fork can easily pierce through the potato. Drain water off of potatoes and let them cool. In the other pot boil your eggs for 15 minutes. When they are done, drain and rinse them under cold water. Put in fridge to cool.
  2. Once done cooling, put your potatoes, diced celery, and pickles in a big bowl. Dice the eggs and add it to the bowl.
  3. Sauce:
  4. In a separate bowl mix your mayo, mustard, sugar, vinegar all together. Pour your sauce over the potatoes in the big bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. If it is dry, you can add more mayo to get it the texture you like. Top with salad supreme. Can also save 1 hardboiled egg to slice and add it to the top.



2260 cal


114 g


295 g


35 g
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32 Responses to “Mom’s Easy Potato Salad Side Dish”

    • Kathleen West
      I just finished making Grandma's Potato Salad. For potatoes all I had was russets. They and eggs cooked beautifully in IP. Forgot to purchase your salad topping, but at least I have paprika. My husband took taste test (very picky), said it needed no extra anything. Both of us looking forward tonight's dinner. Thank you so much in helping to educate me on cooking with my IP. I purchased both the DUO80 and DUO Plus80. Having time of my life cooking trying out new recipes.
  1. This is similar to my Mom's. I have raised my kids on this. Most people who see or eat my Mom's potato salad say something like this..."hhhmmm, there is mustard in this POTATO salad"! It cracks me up every time. It tickles me that you make your Mom's potato salad and I make my Mom's and that they both use(d) MUSTARD in their POTATO salad. :P
  2. Judy Wood
    Very similar to what I remember my Moms' s recipe being like. She cannot remember how she made it, her memory going. So happy to find a recipe with similar ingredients that I remember. Cannot wait to serve it to my family.What kind of potatoes do you use for this recipe? Thanks!
  3. Victoria Attanasio
    OMG, thank you for sharing this. Just made it for me and my hubby, added his homemade picked red onions, its epic! Also your freezer meals are helping us theu quarantine because we just don’t feel entirely comfy going out to eat often.

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