Old Fashioned Potato Salad

by Olivia
Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Old Fashioned Potato Salad ! If you’re looking for a timeless recipe that brings back memories of family picnics and summer barbecues, this Old Fashioned Potato Salad is it. Creamy, tangy, and full of crunchy bits of celery and sweet relish, this potato salad is perfect for any gathering. Let’s get started on this nostalgic and delicious dish!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Classic Flavor: This recipe has that traditional taste everyone loves, with the perfect balance of creamy and tangy.
  • Simple Ingredients: Made with pantry staples and fresh vegetables, it’s easy to whip up.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: Perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or as a side dish for family dinners.
  • Make-Ahead Friendly: It actually tastes better after chilling, so you can make it ahead of time.


  • Cuisine Type: American
  • Servings: Makes about 6 servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes (plus chilling time)


  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup sweet pickle relish
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

How to Make This Recipe:

  1. Cook the Potatoes: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool, peel, and chop the potatoes.
  2. Cook the Eggs: While the potatoes are cooking, place the eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let the eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel, and chop the eggs.
  3. Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the chopped potatoes, chopped eggs, celery, onion, relish, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic salt, celery salt, and black pepper. Mix well until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Chill: Refrigerate the potato salad until chilled. This allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.


  • Bacon Lovers: Add crispy bacon bits for a smoky flavor.
  • Spicy Kick: Mix in a teaspoon of hot sauce or some chopped jalapeños for a spicy twist.
  • Herb Infusion: Add fresh herbs like dill or parsley for an extra layer of flavor.


  • Large pot
  • Saucepan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons


Store the potato salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It’s best enjoyed cold.

What to Serve with This Recipe:

This classic potato salad is the perfect side dish for grilled meats, sandwiches, or burgers. It’s also great with fried chicken, ribs, or as part of a picnic spread.


  • Cool the Potatoes and Eggs: Make sure the potatoes and eggs are completely cooled before mixing them with the other ingredients to prevent the mayonnaise from separating.
  • Consistency: Don’t overcook the potatoes; they should be tender but firm enough to hold their shape.
  • Adjust Seasonings: Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed, adding more salt, pepper, or relish to suit your preference.


Q: Can I use a different type of potato?

A: Yes, you can use any potato variety you prefer. Yukon Gold or red potatoes work well and hold their shape nicely.

Q: Can I make this potato salad ahead of time?

A: Absolutely! In fact, it tastes better after it has chilled for a few hours or overnight.

Q: How do I prevent the potatoes from getting mushy?

A: Make sure not to overcook the potatoes and cool them completely before mixing them with the other ingredients.

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Approximate Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 200 per serving
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 4g

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