How To Make The Ultimate Potato Salad

by Suzan Ferreira

It’s not often that I toot my own horn, but this potato salad recipe based on my family’s classic potato salad recipe is one of the most requested salads at any family or holiday gathering. Filled with fresh veggies to add the right amount of crunch along with real mayonnaise & several “secret ingredients”, make this our go-to salad, especially at Fourth of July and holiday BBQ’s!

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The number of variations on potato salad recipes never cease to amaze. It is definitely one of those recipes that we love to make just how our mothers did. The variations of how to make this salad seem to be regional. Southern variations call for sweet pickle relish and/or juice, while many mid-western versions call for whole pickles to be added. No matter your preference, it can be agreed that this may be one of the most versatile recipes we have.

Many potato salad recipes call for very few ingredients, some with just potatoes & eggs, others that use the “kitchen sink” approach & add whatever fresh veggies you may have on hand. This is the version I grew up with & prefer…filled with as many veggies as possible. After all, it is a salad 🙂 .

My version has somewhat morphed from the original recipe using just Miracle Whip. When transitioning to a more whole food, organic & holistic way of eating, obviously this “mayonnaise” did not fit into our dietary choices! I changed to a whole, organic mayonnaise, one that I could easily buy if time was an issue, or make myself. Keep an eye out for how I make my own organic mayonnaise!

It is a recipe that can easily be altered for 1 or be made to feed large gatherings. We serve this salad alongside our BBQ of choice, using our homemade fermented BBQ sauce. The recipe for how to make this sauce can be found in my article “Amazing BBQ! The Secret Is In The Fermented Sauce”. The combination of the two make for a mouth-watering meal anytime!


This easy to make recipe is versatile. You can add as much or as few veggie options as you choose. I find, the more the better 🙂 . I will have a printable recipe card available below for your convenience.

  • 3 lbs Potatoes (I prefer thin-skinned varieties as I leave the nutritious skins on)
  • Onion
  • Green Pepper
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Peas
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustards (Spicy Brown & Dijon)
  • Celery Seed
  • Salt & Pepper


As stated earlier, I leave my potato skins on. This is the healthiest part of the potato, so why discard it? The skins are filled with fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and other nutrients. I would recommend this only if you grow your own without pesticides or choose to purchase certified organic options.

I prefer a chunky salad but this recipe can be made to your preferences in “chunk” sizes. Simply cut your potatoes to your desired size and boil until just fork tender. I add my frozen peas to the potatoes at this point and turn the heat off allowing the peas to cook briefly (about 1 minute). Drain the peas & potatoes. I apologize for the not so great photo here for sure! Not sure how I could have made this photo any less appetizing 🙂 .

Put 6 or more eggs on to boil. I cook my hard boiled eggs for 7 minutes. We enjoy them a bit soft in the middle. While the potatoes & eggs are boiling, I chop the veggies up and add to a bowl.

I season the veggies with celery seed, salt, & pepper to allow them to marinate for a bit prior to the potatoes finishing up.

Once the potato & peas are finished setting for about one minute, drain. I rinse them thoroughly with cold water to stop the cooking process and cool down so I can add to the veggies sooner. Do the same with the boiled eggs when completed. Fill the pan with cold water to cool down & peel once cooled.

Add cooked peas & potatoes to veggies and lightly mix together to spread the seasonings. Slice boiled eggs to your desired thickness and add to mixture as well.

To save on dishes, I don’t mix my “sauce” in another bowl, but feel free to do so if you like. I simply add my mayonnaise, mustards, salt & pepper, to the top of the vegetable & egg mixture in a pile. I swirl the mixture to combine prior to mixing everything together. You may think lazy, but I prefer the term efficient 🙂 .

I like to make this potato salad in advance so that it has time to set and the flavors marinate. The challenge with this approach is keeping everyone, including myself, from “tasting” prior to the meal. I love to serve this salad on a rib of romaine lettuce (additional crunch factor here) alongside with just about anything.

I hope you give this a try, and please let us know if you do! What is your favorite way of making potato salad? Love for you to share your variations by commenting below.

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The Ultimate Potato Salad Recipe

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 3 Lbs. Potatoes
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 1 Medium Green Pepper
  • 3 Ribs Celery
  • 1 Cup Peas
  • 1 Medium Cucumber
  • 6 Boiled Eggs
  • 2-3 Tbl Celery Seed
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 2-3 Tbl Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1-2 Tbl Dijon Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Prepare potatoes to your desired size.  Boil until fork tender.  

Add peas to boiled potatoes & turn off heat.  Let sit 1 minute.  Drain

Boil & peel eggs.  Slice into desired thickness.

Cut the remainder of veggies into desired size for salad.  Season with celery seed, salt & pepper and let set to marinate.

Combine potatoes, peas, and marinated veggies together.

Add mayonnaise & mustards in separate bowl or on top of salad mixture.  Stir to combine sauce.  Mix gently into salad mixture.

Season to taste with salt & pepper and add additional mayonnaise/mustard as needed.

This recipe was featured at Centerpiece Wednesday, Scraptastic Saturdays, & Saturday Sparks!

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Melynda Brown June 23, 2020 - 3:11 pm

Pinned! Thanks for sharing with Encouraging Hearts and Home Link-up! Come and join us again!

Nanchi June 23, 2020 - 2:41 pm

OMG! This looks so delicious! So easy to make.

Linda Primmer June 22, 2020 - 12:20 am

Looks great Suzan, so different with cucumber and peas. Thanks so much for sharing at a love Your Creativity.

Lisa Lombardo June 18, 2019 - 5:32 pm

Hi Suzan…your potato salad sound delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!

Suzan Ferreira June 20, 2019 - 1:12 pm

My pleasure Lisa! Thank you as always for hosting such a great venue!

T.M. Brown June 17, 2019 - 5:34 pm

Potato salad is one of my favorite things to devour at a summer picnic! Yum!

April J Harris June 13, 2019 - 8:03 am

I love family recipes, Suzan, and this one looks delicious! I like to leave my potato skins on too. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe, and for your support of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope your week is going well.

Suzan Ferreira June 13, 2019 - 11:29 am

Thank you, April! You as well 🙂

Michele June 12, 2019 - 5:19 pm

I love potato salad and this one looks delicious! Going to save this for our next summer cookout!

Suzan Ferreira June 13, 2019 - 11:30 am

Hope you enjoy it Michele!

Pauline June 11, 2019 - 3:42 am

I’m glad you added peas. People think I’m weird but I love peas in potato salad. Yum.

Suzan Ferreira June 11, 2019 - 11:16 am

Me too!

windsofjane June 10, 2019 - 11:19 pm

Cucumber & peas…interesting! I’ll try to make this recipe at home this weekend. Thank you for sharing. I love making potato salad for potlucks & office gatherings.

Cindy June 10, 2019 - 7:09 pm

I love potato salad and this one looks amazing! As a vegan I can just omit the eggs and use vegan mayo. Perfect!!

Suzan Ferreira June 11, 2019 - 11:19 am

Absolutely! So versatile & can be made to suit any dietary need!

Eileen June 10, 2019 - 6:33 pm

My husband loves potato salad! I should try to make this for our next cook out! Looks really good!

Suzan Ferreira June 11, 2019 - 11:20 am

Let me know how you like it!

Tricia Snow June 10, 2019 - 3:13 am

Wow! That looks amazing! I cant wait to try it.

Angela Greven June 9, 2019 - 12:45 pm

This looks totally scrumptious, the perfect summer side dish for any gathering. I like mine to have a chunky cut too, looks delish thanks so much for sharing 🙂

Suzan Ferreira June 11, 2019 - 11:26 am

Hope you give it a try!

Amber Dunn June 8, 2019 - 4:13 pm

I’ve never had green peppers in a potato salad before. I’ll have to try this next time.

Annette Durbin June 8, 2019 - 2:50 am

OMG!!! I am reading too many yummy recipes tonight!! My list is getting long!!! Another recipe I need to add for my weekend BBQ!

Kelley June 8, 2019 - 1:39 am

I love this recipe and the idea of the fresh vegetables that are on hand. Great way to change it up! Photos make this dish look so delicious

Michele June 7, 2019 - 8:25 pm

I am a big “veggies in my potato salad” gal, but I’ve never had peas in it. Looks very tasty though so I will definitely have to give that one a go!

Jennifer Morrison June 7, 2019 - 8:22 pm

I don’t think I have ever added peas to Potato Salad, but I think it would be a lovely addition, both for flavor and a pop of color! I can;t wait to try it!

Laura Lee June 7, 2019 - 3:52 pm

I think the most surprising ingredient is the cucumber! I love cucumbers and a good cucumber salad, but never would have thought to put some in a potato salad. I think this will be a new salad to try this summer!

Karla June 7, 2019 - 3:11 pm

The more ‘extra’ flavor, the better for potato salads that I love! This fits the bill! Thank you

Lina June 7, 2019 - 3:13 am

I love potato salad and this looks so yummy!

Sheila June 7, 2019 - 2:01 am

You’re so right, potato salad is definitely tied to our family traditions. If I go to a picnic, I’m not eating ANY store bought potato salad and if it’s homemade, I’m asking who made it and seeing what’s in it. What a pain in the @$$ I am about it right?? But Lord knows, good potato salad is a nearly religious experience! LOL… and yours looks amazing.

Suzan Ferreira June 7, 2019 - 11:25 am

Hahaha! I feel you Sheila! Hope you give it a try!

Maureen Cardenas June 7, 2019 - 1:15 am

Love your step-by-step pics. Helps a visual learner like me. Sound delicious!!

Suzan Ferreira June 7, 2019 - 11:25 am

Thank you, Maureen!

Leigh Ann June 7, 2019 - 12:11 am

I’ve never put celery or peas in my potato salad before but it looks great. And makes total sense to add the celery seed too. I often use dry mustard in these kinds of recipes and it gives it an extra little touch of flavor so I think I’d love this!

Kymberly Irwin June 6, 2019 - 8:01 pm

Another great potato salad recipe! Perfect for summer cookouts! I’m going to make this. Never mixed all those veggies in before and I love how you have sliced eggs! Awesome recipe!!

Suzan Ferreira June 7, 2019 - 11:26 am

Hope you enjoy it Kymberly!

Dawnmarie June 6, 2019 - 7:19 pm

If your recipe is so delicious that it is commonly requested, then, Girl, you toot away on that horn. I do not know if I have ever seen eggs used it potato salad — outside of the mayonnaise, of course.

Suzan Ferreira June 7, 2019 - 11:27 am

LOL, Thank you Dawnmarie! The eggs make it so creamy & rich! Hope you can give it a try!

Shirley June 8, 2019 - 1:50 pm

My potato salad is pretty simple. I may change it up a bit next time by adding some of your ingredients. It looks yummy. Thanks for sharing!

Malia June 6, 2019 - 7:08 pm

I’ve never thought of putting veggies into a potato salad! Great tip 🙂

angela June 6, 2019 - 6:30 pm

I do not eat mayo but can easily adjust on this one – I love the other ingredients here along with the egg and potatoes. Nice twist!

Kendra June 6, 2019 - 5:36 pm

Potato salads are one of my favorites! I love the idea of adding peas!

Anna June 6, 2019 - 5:14 pm

It looks like a complete dish! My family will love it. Thank you for sharing

Ramae Hamrin June 6, 2019 - 3:21 pm

This looks delicious, Suzan! I have very fond memories of potato salad growing up. I love your addition of cucumber and peas. I never would have thought of that!

Julia Kelahan June 6, 2019 - 2:25 pm

Potato salad can be so bland so I love your addition of all the green!

Brittany June 6, 2019 - 2:04 pm

No summer picnic is complete without the Potato salad in my opinion! I will need to try out your recipe =)

Suzan Ferreira June 7, 2019 - 11:30 am

Hope you enjoy it, Brittany!

Heather June 6, 2019 - 1:43 pm

This sounds great! I love a good potato salad. My mom used to make a delicious one and I miss it. I can’t wait to give this a try.

Kyndall Bennett June 6, 2019 - 1:42 pm

🤔 I’ve never thought about adding cucumber to a potato salad, but based on your pictures, I’m willing to definitely try a taste of it!

Chocoviv June 5, 2019 - 10:47 pm

I Love potato salad!


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