Potato Salad Recipe

potato salad recipe - overview view of blended potato salad garnished with dill

Side Dish | May 19, 2017 | By

Old fashioned picnic Potato Salad Recipe ~ bites of potatoes, hard boiled eggs and crispy bacon, blended with creamy real mayonnaise.

When spring hits we switch menus at our house. No more meatloaf, gravies and thick soups for while ~ now we’re all about grilling and one of our favorites I can’t seem to make enough of, Potato Salad.

It isn’t Memorial weekend, 4th of July or Labor Day weekend without it and pretty much every couple of weeks throughout the summer. I’ve made it so many times I could whip it up with my eyes closed. It requires the use of a sharp knife, however so I leave them open.

potato salad recipe - overview view of blended potato salad garnished with dill

I’m kind of a potato salad snob and I’ve turned my family into PS snobs, too. I’m not proud of it, but it’s true. This is a classic, old fashioned version ~ nothing fancy ~ but if your grandma made potato said, chances are it tasted a lot like this one.

I make no apologies for this non-lo-cal, non-figure friendly Potato Salad Recipe, nor should you. If you’re wondering if you can shave a few calories using light mayo and have it still taste good, sadly the answer is no. The bold flavor of full fat mayo adds just the right touch to this classic dish. 

What does this Potato Salad go with?

This Potato Salad Recipe goes with pretty much anything – from grilled cheeseburgers to Balsamic Pork Tenderloin a really tasty stove top meal you can have on the table in just 20 minutes.

I’ve been making this Potato Salad Recipe pretty much since the dinosaurs roamed the earth. A while back I decided to add bacon because well, it just seemed like the right thing to do and I haven’t looked back.

I use Yukon or Russet potatoes, ; if you’re using russets you’ll want about 5 medium or about 2 pounds of Yukon’s.

Potato Salad Recipe Ingredients:

  • Approximately 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes or 5 medium size russets
  • eggs, hard boiled
  • diced onion
  • chopped celery
  • Hellman’s mayonnaise
  • yellow mustard (hot dog/ball park type)
  • salt 
  • black pepper
  • ground (dry) mustard
  • dill (fresh or dry, same amount)
  • bacon cooked to crisp OR REAL Hormel bacon bits


Cut the potatoes into chunks and cook with the skins on in boiling water seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. While the potatoes are boiling, hard-boil two eggs and dice the celery and onions.

When the potatoes are fork-tender, drain them into a colander and cool them to room temp. Dice the potatoes into bite-size pieces into a large bowl, leaving several of the potatoes with the skins on for a rustic feel.

When the eggs are hard-boiled and cooled, dice them as well, adding them to the bowl.

Fold in the Hellmann’s mayonnaise (the amount listed is correct), dill, pepper, mustard, ground mustard and a small sprinkle of salt.

potato salad recipe - overview view of blended potato salad garnished with dill


The mustard used is the kind you’d find at the ball park.

Last stir in the bacon and vigorously blend the potato salad with a spoon giving it a good, hard stir to smash some of the potatoes, leaving the rest in their diced form.

Tip: If you have the time, I recommend frying your own bacon, but there’s no shame in the game with bacon bits. Crisp them in the microwave for 8-10 before adding them to the salad and only use real bacon bits, not artificial.

If there are too many chunks,  use the side of your spoon to break them up. Once it’s completely blended, give it a taste and if you like, add a bit more salt. Garnish with dill and chill it for at least an hour or two before serving.

We’re a cold salad all summer long household. Italian Pasta Salad is another favorite of ours with everything from burgers to ribs.


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potato salad recipe with bacon and hard boiled eggs garnished with dill



5 from 1 vote
Creamy, classic old fashioned (hard boiled egg) Potato Salad Recipe like the kind from your childhood that disappears first at picnics and gatherings.
Potato Salad Recipe

Classic old-style Potato Salad like grandma's ~ potatoes, hard boiled eggs, crispy bacon, blended with creamy real mayonnaise.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic potato salad
Servings: 4
  • Approximately 2 pounds Yukon potatoes or 5 medium russets
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled
  • 1/2 cup onion , finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup celery , finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise Hellman's recommended
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • Small sprinkle of salt (no more than 1/4 teaspoon))
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 3 slices bacon , cooked to crisp and crumbled OR 3 tablespoons of REAL Hormel bacon bits (crisped in the micro or skillet before adding)
  • paprika (small sprinkle for the top)
  1. Cut the potatoes and cook with the skins on in boiling water seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Hard-boil two eggs.

  2. Finely chop the onion and celery.

  3. When the potatoes are tender, drain them into a colander and cool to room temp.

  4. Dice the potatoes into bite-size pieces dropping into a large bowl, leaving several of the potatoes with the skins on

  5. Cool and dice the hard-boiled eggs into the bowl. Fold in the Hellmann’s mayonnaise, dill, pepper, mustard, ground mustard and a small sprinkle of salt.

  6. Place the bacon bits into a small bowl, cover with a paper towel and microwave them for 10-15 seconds until they’re crisp then add the bacon bits to the bowl, combining.

  7. Vigorously blend the potato salad, giving it a good stir, allowing some of the potatoes to smash while others remain in their diced form. Taste and adjust salt if necessary. Garnish with dill or paprika. Refrigerate at least 1-2 hours before serving.


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    JD - altamontefamily.com
    April 28, 2016

    YUM! I absolutely love potato salad and this looks like a delicious recipe!!! Looks like you had a lot of fun fishing for books on that boat! I’d be doing the same thing! How’s the weather over there?

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      April 29, 2016

      Thanks SO much JD! The boating photo is from last season ~ boat goes in the water today so looking forward to many more “fishing” trips! 🙂 Today we’re looking at 50’s but next week into the 60’s and hopefully up from there. Take care and have a great weekend!

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    April 29, 2016

    Great sounding potato salad. Never tried bacon in my potato salad….new ingredient for the future. Love your spoon! Anyway, pinned this recipe and will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Happy boating!! ;-D

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      April 29, 2016

      Thanks Mary ~ can’t go wrong with a classic! The spoon was a gift from one of my daughters shortly I started the blog ~ I love it too 🙂 We’re looking at 50’s today ~ 60’s next week so the boating season should be well on its way. Take care.

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      October 14, 2018

      All good— but note to self: leave out bacon and paprika in the future.

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        October 15, 2018

        Hi Mary – thanks for making the Potato Salad! Recipes like this Potato Salad are a jumping point and can easily be customized as you like — it’s personal preference. Sometimes I garnish with dill; other times with paprika (never both) and always add bacon, but I get that it’s not for everyone 🙂 I hope you’ll make it again with the ingredients you like best. Enjoy the day!

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    September 19, 2018

    Cannot save this on Pinterest. Can this be fixed?

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      September 19, 2018

      Hi Kathy – thank you for bringing this to my attention. Ugh – technology! I’m looking into it right now and have emailed Pinterest directly for further help. I’m hoping to get an answer for it sometime today. In the meantime, do you follow me on Pinterest?


      Saving directly from Pinterest seems to be working. I will also email you this information and again, thank you for letting me know – Bernie

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    October 2, 2018

    Similar to my mom’s recipe, but we add celery seed instead of dill. This makes it taste like you added salt, but you didn’t.

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      October 3, 2018

      Hi Lynn ~ great idea with the celery seed. I want to try it next time I make this potato salad – thanks for the idea 🙂

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