Potato Salad Recipe

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

Side Dish | May 19, 2017 | By

BEST old fashioned Potato Salad Recipe is easy to make with tender potatoes, hard boiled eggs and crispy applewood smoked bacon, blended with creamy real Hellman’s mayonnaise.

When spring hits we switch menus. No more Salisbury Steak with mushroom gravy or thick soups for while. Now we’re all about grilling and one of our favorites I can’t seem to make enough of, this Potato Salad recipe.

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. Not a proud moment, but 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 tangy flavor of full fat mayo adds just the right touch to this classic dish.

What goes with Potato Salad?

This Potato Salad Recipe goes with pretty much anything – from grilled hot dogs and 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. Year ago I decided to add bacon because it just seemed like the right thing to do and I haven’t looked back.

I’ve used both 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 ‘yellow 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.

Tip: If you have the time, I recommend frying your own bacon, but there’s no shame in the game with REAL bacon bits. Crisp them in the microwave for 8-10 before adding them to the salad.

If there are too many chunks, use the side of your spoon to break them up. Once it’s completely blended, 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

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.
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CourseSalad, Side Dish
Keywordclassic potato salad


  • 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)


  • Cut the potatoes and cook with the skins on in boiling water seasoned with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Hard-boil two eggs.
  • Finely chop the onion and celery.
  • When the potatoes are tender, drain them into a colander and cool to room temp.
  • Dice the potatoes into bite-size pieces dropping into a large bowl, leaving several of the potatoes with the skins on
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Potato Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
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Saturated Fat 0g0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 0g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Leave a Reply

    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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    December 31, 2018

    I have owned a Pinterest account since Pinterest has been around and this is my VERY FIRST review. I haven’t even let the Potato Salad cool yet, and it is AMAZING. Im a potato salad snob as well, and this beats every potato salad I have ever made. Well done!!

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      January 31, 2019

      Ha! I’m honored to be your first review Tracey! But I’m even happier you love the potato salad as much as I do. Truth: I’ve eaten leftovers of it for breakfast – I mean, there are eggs in it, so . . . 🙂 Thank you so much. Your kind words make my day!!

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        July 10, 2019

        Hi, this looks just like my Mom’s recipe. She always added the paprika on top also. The only difference is she added sliced olives. I’m excited to try adding bacon.

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          July 11, 2019

          Hi Anne – I switch off for some reason. Paprika on top when I make it in the winter — fresh dill when I make it in the summertime (but never together) — and always, always bacon. Soooo good. I love olives! That sounds like a great addition too.

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    Jo Ann
    March 31, 2019

    Wow, amazing! So many recipes for potato salad with relish, pickles and sugar – yuck! This one is the one that beats them all!

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      April 2, 2019

      Hi Jo Ann – I’m so glad you like this recipe – it’s one of my all time favorites! — and I couldn’t agree with you more. Some ingredients just don’t belong in a classic potato salad! Thank you!!

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    May 26, 2019

    I just finished making your potato salad and I can tell, we are going to love it! I always tried copying some version with relish or sugar also but was never really happy with them. This is awesome.

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      May 28, 2019

      Hey Carol – I can’t tell you how much I love hearing applause for this recipe – it really is my all-time favorite. I made a batch this weekend and I was eating it even before it was chilled. It’s one my family looks forward to all summer. Thanks for stopping by. So glad you enjoyed the potato salad! 🙂

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    July 23, 2019

    I have to try this. Going to a bbq soon and this is my “donation”.
    Thanks Bernie – I can almost taste it!

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      July 23, 2019

      Yes! I hope you do 🙂 Thanks Bette ! This is my all-time favorite salad. Just turn a blind eye to the mayo lol . . . and bacon.

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