My mom makes the BEST potato salad! Even people who usually don’t like potato salad tend to love hers. From the time I was a little kid I was her official potato salad taster. She’d mix it up, I’d taste it and tell her if it needed more mustard or a little more pickle relish.
I’ve been making it myself my entire adult life and decided it was time to share the recipe.
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Mom’s Best Potato Salad
- 6 medium/large russet potatoes
- 6 hard boiled eggs
- 1/2 onion, diced (Mom uses red onion but yellow or white work, too.)
- 1/2 cup quality mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip!)
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1-2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- salt and pepper to taste
- Creole seasoning (optional)
Peel potatoes, cut in 1 inch cubes, cover with cold water in large pot and bring to a boil.
Simmer 12-14 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
Drain well, return pan to stove and over low heat shake pot until excess water has evaporated. You want the potatoes dry and fluffy but don't let them stick.
Season lightly with salt and pepper and let cool.
Meanwhile, in large mixing bowl combine peeled and diced eggs (reserve one for garnish), onion, mayonnaise, mustard and pickle relish.
Add cooled potatoes and gently fold into mayonnaise mixture until well-combined.
Taste and adjust seasonings, add more mayonnaise if too dry, more mustard and/or relish to suit your taste.
Smooth top of potato salad, garnish with reserved egg cut into quarters as shown. Sprinkle with paprika and black pepper if desired.
This recipe makes a generous amount of potato salad but I nearly always double it. It keeps well in the refrigerator for a few days and I often share it with my mom who loves it but doesn’t do much cooking anymore.
It’s great served with barbecue, with fried chicken at a picnic, alongside ham and baked beans, or my personal favorite…
Whatever you serve it with, “Mom’s Best Potato Salad” is a delicious treat!