BEST POTATO SALAD RECIPE | how to make potato salad easy, healthy and delicious!

BEST POTATO SALAD RECIPE | how to make potato salad easy, healthy and delicious!

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– I was fortunate to grow
up in Southern California, and many of my childhood memories are from happy days spent at the beach. We pretty much lived at the
beach during the summer months, and my mom would whip up her
famous potato salad recipe, store in a big cooler that
we would take with us, so that we could enjoy it
sitting under a beach umbrella under the sun. Now, if we were careful
enough not to get sand in it, it was super tasty and
it’s the same recipe that I have now been making
for more than 20 years, and I’m happy to share it with you today. Unlike most potato salad recipes that are pretty beige and bland looking, this one has quite a bit
of color and texture, and that’s because it’s a
combination of red potatoes, hard boiled eggs, celery,
radishes, green onion, dill, and mayonnaise. It’s creamy, has a nice
little crunch to it, and it’s the perfect salad
recipe to take with you to the beach or to serve up as a side dish for all of your outdoor
parties and barbecues. So, let me show you how to make it. To make the best potato salad recipe, you need to choose the right potatoes, and I recommend red or white new potatoes. They’re creamy, lower in starch, and hold together well after cooking, so you don’t end up with
a mushy potato salad. And of course, I like the red potatoes, as it just adds more color. You definitely want to stear
clear of russet potatoes, and I explain why on the full recipe post. So, fill a pot with water and then place your potatoes in the water. Turn the heat to high
and bring that to a boil. While you’re waiting for the
potatoes to come to a boil, fill another pot with water, and we’ll use this for the eggs. Once your potatoes are boiling,
you can salt the water, but remember to never salt
until the water is boiling, otherwise the salt will
pit the bottom of your pot. Then, reduce the heat to a simmer and set the timer for 20 minutes. After the other pot has come to a boil, reduce the heat to low and carefully transfer
your eggs with a skimmer. Once the eggs are in the pot, turn the heat back up to high, and cook them for 12 minutes
for perfect hard boiled eggs. While the potatoes and eggs are cooking, get an ice water bath ready. After 12 minutes, remove
the eggs from the pot and transfer them to the ice water bath, so that they immediately stop cooking. Then once your other timer has gone off, use a fork to poke one of your potatoes to make sure it’s fully cooked. Your fork should go through fairly easily, but you do want a little resistance, because if your fork just
slides right through, your potatoes will end up really soft and likely fall apart more in the salad. Transfer the potatoes
to the ice water bath, just to blanch them, and then transfer both the
eggs and potatoes to the fridge to cool completely. So once everything is cooled, we can start to dice it up. Cube the potato into
about 1-inch sized pieces and add it to the mixing bowl. I know some people like
to cut their potato first, then boil when they make potato salad, but I like to cut my
potatoes after boiling, as I find that they hold up better and don’t seem to get as waterlogged. Next, dice up your hard boiled eggs and add those to your
mixing bowl, as well. You’ll notice there’s no
green tinge around the yolk with my eggs, which means
they’ve been perfectly boiled, and I’ve got a separate
video for how to make perfect hard boiled eggs, if you happened to miss that. Slice up three stalks of celery and four green onions
for that delicious crunch and bright pop of green
color in the potato salad. I cut the celery length-wise first for more bite-sized
pieces, then slice it up. (upbeat music) And now, for the ingredient
that I think makes my mom’s potato salad recipe the best, and that’s radishes. These little radishes
add such amazing flavor to the potato salad, so just slice the tail
and stem off the radish and use a box grater to grate them up. But, do be careful as
radishes are quite small, and you wanna keep all
of your fingers intact. Add about a tablespoon of chopped dill for that fresh herb flavor, and then add one cup of mayonnaise, a quarter-teaspoon of black pepper, and half-a-teaspoon of sea salt, and then gently stir it all together until it’s creamy and well combined. (upbeat music) This potato salad will last
for about three to four days in the fridge and it
really does get better after the flavors have
all melded together. But I can tell you from
firsthand experience, that there’s rarely any leftovers, because it gets devoured right up. For the printable version
of this potato salad recipe, make sure to visit my
website,, and if you loved the video, make sure to hit that subscribe button and give it a thumbs up, and I will see you guys again next week with a tasty new recipe. (upbeat music)

100 thoughts on “BEST POTATO SALAD RECIPE | how to make potato salad easy, healthy and delicious!

  • Downshiftology Post author

    Hi guys! Summer is right around the corner and we all need a great potato salad recipe, right? This is my mom's recipe and I'm excited to share it with you today. I've got another classic recipe coming your way next week that you don't want to miss either. Stay tuned! 😉 xo – Lisa

  • Deborah R Post author

    Never thought of radishes. Looks so good!😍

  • Dr Harsha R Post author

    Another one of your amazing videos. The tip bout hard boiled eggs has made life a lot easier. Thank you lisa

  • S Wil Post author

    Great recipe! I would recommend you cover the topic of 'safe storage for cooked eggs and mayo. Food poisoning is common with eggs and real mayo when you don't keep food cold and let it get too warm for too long. I only bring this up cause you talked about taking it to the beach. Thanks!

  • Lyn Post author

    I was just thinking the other day…time to start making potato salad again….it is one of my guys all time favorite recipes. I will try yours…sounds yummy! And I always use red potatoes too!

  • Bethany Smith Post author

    Thank you Lisa. This I s a great summer recipe I was waiting for.

  • xTureliex Post author

    Yum! I'll be trying this soon! My dad should love it too with the radishes. 🙂 Interesting addition. I expect this will be in my top three potato salad recipes (one is my mom's, very very different (Italian family recipe passed down), and one is my sister's, I think it's German style). Thanks for adding such variety to something as simple as potato salad! 🙂

  • Anna Barcelona Post author

    It looks delicious! I'll definitely try it next week!😛

  • Sid Sid Post author

    Need some jalapeños and a little siracha

  • Mark K Post author

    I am just binge watching your recipes! What is your name?

  • Fabienne El Chayeb Post author

    It looks really delicious. Could the mayo be replaced by something else?

  • Spicy Ibis Post author

    Never been a fan of potato salad but this looks AMAZING. Do you think substituting greek yogurt for mayo would work?
    And your hard boiled egg tips really work. Thanks!

  • BareBones Blessings Post author

    Definitely mKing this ASAP TFS👍💚

  • Stephanie Jo Post author

    I can't wait to try thanks

  • Ashley Sprigler Post author

    I am so happy I discovered your channel! Your meal prep vidoes have been such a game changer for me. Before, I was eating so much junk food and fast food to save time. Now, two weeks in to meal prepping, I feel so much better and I've lost 7 lbs!

  • latmcb Post author

    I want to thank you again for your video on how to hard-boil eggs. I can now make very hard-boiled eggs with no green ring. Thanks!!

  • Butterfly Lady Post author

    Why don't you steam potato? As I heard many times boiling vegetables in water makes them lose mineral salts.

  • Rueders Culinary Institute Post author

    Love potato salad. Quite different from how we would make it, yet very nice recip. Really like it!

  • Nidhi Vaidya Post author

    Currently trying to change my diet for hormone reasons, so glad i found your channel! It’s so good

  • Freelance English Teacher Post author

    I love all your recipes but the salads are my favourites!!!

  • Marwa Elgandy Post author

    Very nice recipe thank you for sharing it with us

  • DanaDaneHeart Post author

    Wow radish. I call my potato salad award winning lol I have sims secret things I add also. But will try the radish. 🙂

  • Meri Scott Post author

    Looks yummy!

  • Thuvaraka Mahenthiran Post author

    I will make this recipe.

  • TZY TZY Post author

    I add parsley and either a little mustard or capers. Yum!

  • Nataliya Chereshanskaya Post author

    Thanks for awesome recipe.

  • bevp72 Post author

    Looks so good, definitely going to give this a try!!

  • therese cornelius Post author

    Looks so yummy! Thanks!!!

  • Juliette Raines Post author

    looks delicious, can't wait to make it tomorrow!

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  • Nici Perriam Post author

    Perfect timing. I watched the video and then made it straight away with radish from my garden.

  • FrugalOverFifty Post author

    I love these tips and I love your tribute to your mom and childhood summers at the beach – lovely! I tend to like a deviled-egg potato salad flavor profile, but these tips would definitely work to bring more texture/color to my usual (now former?!) method.

  • Daniella Dada Post author

    Just wait to make it! Yummy

  • Caroline De Meyer Post author

    Woooow.. My weekend dinner!!!

  • Anna-Katharina Knall Post author

    Thank you Lisa thats Looks so amazing !!!! I definitely try it 🤗

  • audrey so Post author

    super recette, thank you

  • Marisol Aranda Post author

    Delicious!!!!!! But more delicious will be with avocado!!!!!!!

  • Lindsay Mayfield Post author

    I’m clearly from the Midwest, my potato salad DOES use russet potatoes, diced onion, sweet relish, hard boiled eggs, yellow mustard, mayo and salt/pepper. That’s what I grew up eating, so to me it’s the best, but I will definitely give this a shot! I saw somebody in the comments mentioned adding capers, too, that sounds amazing!

  • Laura Silva Post author

    Wow! Looks great! Definitely going to try it! 😃

  • Jordys Mom Post author

    It looks very colorful but the radishes are very bitter tasting better off with dill relish instead of radishes do not bitter taste good in potato salad no no no no no no no no no no.

  • Heather Post author

    What happens if you use plain low-fat yogurt instead of mayonnaise?

  • Ruth 875 Post author

    Hi Lisa. Love your recipes, though I eat super low carb diet. Have been binging on your videos!! Awesome, delicious and fresh healthy recipes! !! Yay.
    I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am from Costa Rica, married to a German citizen from the Black Forest. Our son, is 26 and is an international business grad student and works for the corporate offices of Vitamix. We too love world traveling. So many similarities to you!!!! Last Nov. Went on to Thailand and Cambodia for almost a month. My name is Ruth Loeffler. Will look for you in facebook. I like you a lot. Thanks for sharing great recipes and other knowledge.

  • A Real Kitchn Post author

    This looks so good Lisa! I'm not the biggest mayo fan…have you ever made it with anything else?

  • jadedxserpent Post author

    Can't wait to try this recipe out! Growing up my mom would put fuji apples in potato salad- not sure if that is common haha

  • Randi MacDonald Post author

    I think it’s easier to make the Mayo dressing in the bowl, then add the other ingredients. I toss the hot potatoes with some cider vinegar too

  • Chewlie mukbangs Post author

    This looks so good and I never thought of adding radishes to my potato salad, I will try this soon! I don't like potato skins, but like you, I always use red potatoes.

  • Wagon Wheel Post author

    What can you substitute the mayo for?

  • Martha Calkins Post author

    Very similar to our family's version. Try adding peeled, seeded & diced cucumber: it ups the veggie quotient and keeps it nice & light. A handful of frozen peas adds nice color, too.

  • Aneta Sidoruk Post author

    That looks just irresistibly delicious! I’m so trying this potato salad next weekend! Thank you so much for sharing this with us 😊 I love recipes that are tried out by generations, those are always the best 😊

  • Carol B Post author

    Love this recipe! 💙

  • Sherry Jimerson Post author

    Yummy! I add sweet pickle relish less the radishes.

  • Sandor Kocso Post author

    What would you suggest to add to it instead of radishes, if we can.t find any. It.s fine without but it could use a kick of something fresh

  • Badet Gato-Borac Post author

    did i missed the explanation as to why we shouldn't use russet potato? 🙂

  • Karen Macaulay Post author

    Now I know what's wrong with the bottom of all my pots 🙁
    Had never heard not to add salt until after water is boiling. Thanks for the tip!

  • Wiebke Lucas Post author

    Sounds delicious!!! Greatings from Germany! I like your positiv Personality very much. Go on!😊🌺

  • Greg Bungard Post author

    Best potato salad I have ever eaten, your hard boil egg method is wonderful, I have tried many methods with inconsistent result this an incredible way. Do you have a baked bean recipe to go with this ?
    Thank you, thank you.

  • Joyful Living Post author

    This looks absolutely divine! Will try this without a doubt 🙂

  • Besa Shaqiri Post author

    Was that green onion after celery? Sorry i'm missed that and can't seem to figure it out

  • Jean Orourke Post author

    I just wish there was a way to make these salads-including chicken & egg salad without the mayonnaise. I know they probably wouldnt be as good, but I dont like the added oil.

  • MissCreativeMinx Post author

    I’ve made this recipe twice now. Super good!

  • Luiza Maria Post author

    An awesome salad! Such a perfect meal if you are at work all day! Thank you!

  • David Friedman Post author

    Looks really good! Could you also add a little mustard? I thought that might give it a good tangy flavor.

  • Kitchen Practical Post author

    say thanks to a lot for your web video it assists a whole lot.

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  • How To Make Dinner Post author

    I'm still making my mom's potato salad too! Our moms really knew what they were doing! Love it 🙂

  • Vas Sta Post author

    I 'll add the radishes! You add the parsley! Love from Greece!

  • No Copyright Audio Music Library for Creator Post author

    nice, I think it is great
    keep sharing great video good job
    I think I am saving this

  • Rosa Coria Post author

    😋 yummy 😋 ❤️❤️

  • steven k Post author

    Can i get a side of this with 2 of your chicken thighs ??

  • Laura B.A. Post author

    My eggs would brake if i do that since k get them out of the fridge, so what i do, I put them in a pot with rp water put them on the stove on med high for 15mins and they are perfectly hard boiled eggs.

  • Lilly Mae Post author

    Making this is week!

  • Michelle Labri Post author

    Love the added crunch! Our tradition has always been a bit of mustard, horseradish, chopped bacon, and pickles. Garnish with smoked paprika. Combining mine and yours would be heaven!

  • morgonerlenstar Post author

    Looks really really good

  • mtrmoon Post author

    This looks so good, but I hate raw onion. I know it has so much flavour, so is the salad going to be bland if I just skip it? Is there anything else I could use to substitute the onions?

  • Claudia N. Post author

    You had me at fresh dill 👍🏻

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  • Carlos Martinez Post author

    missing . . pickled gherkins diced to tiny small cubes

  • Jasmine K. Post author

    I like peas in my potato salad

  • lida noroz Post author

    What was that like saus it was white?

  • lida noroz Post author

    Can you write name?

  • Floreine-Jemima Joseph Post author

    Google Haitian Potato Salad… You're welcome ❤️

  • Marvin Martian Post author

    Nice try "Karen" you left out the raisins to trick us, I've seen this before and it never gets finished

  • konnichiwa 50 Post author

    I just made this potato salad a few days ago……… it was quite a good amount of it………… it's finished as of last night!!!
    SUPER YUMMY!!!!!
    thank you for sharing this recipe😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

  • anye76 Post author

    That is one great looking potato salad. I'll be sure to use your tips next time. I end up with whipped potato salad. The flavor is there but not the nice cubes😉

  • Michel Angy Post author

    Ok, I'll definitely try this today🙌 i always watch but never really make anything😂 today is the day😍 i live potatoes salad😋

    I made this yesterday as i said i was😭 ans let me just say😍 I'm in love. I'll be making more next week👌 i left the celery out. Soooo delicious thank you for this recipe😘😊

  • Top Best Talent Post author

    Yum Yum This looks like our new Potato salad that we going to have a our Braai every Friday evening Great Work….A+A+A+

  • Ium Stuff Post author

    i just would not eat mayo because its too many calories.. another dressing.

  • M Oats Post author

    i think tahini with yougurt as a sauce is healthier than mayo

  • Ahab the Elder Yautja Post author

    Is it also great if you add mashed roasted garlic in the mayo?

  • M. Castro Post author

    Me gustan sus vídeos! Podría poner subtítulos en Español :c

  • Jasmine K. Post author

    I like potato salad with peas. I'm going to try this version.

  • Crystal Nichols Post author

    Excellent! Keep up the great work!

  • Юлия Юнда Post author

    Тоже люблю салаты с варёной картохой 😚😚😚

  • Lorena Lopez Post author

    I love your recipes, I tried a few and they are really good, however I am the weird one that does not like potatos too much as they don't fit well in my body… Could be used sweet potato instead?
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  • Garden Joy Post author

    That is very much celery indeed. Way too much for me. Enjoyed your video anyway. But will browse on to find one for my palate.

  • Healthy life Post author

    Can I use mayonnaise if I'm trying losing weight?

  • Paola Estrada Post author

    I made this salad today! I am.not a big fan of potatoes but I love this recipe. This is the best potato salad I've eber had. Thanks for the recipe. I love your channel 💗

  • Dre Post author

    As a southerner i looks amazing

  • Sarah Kim Post author

    Saving all your recipes! They look so good! Also thank you for including how long leftovers keep in the fridge!

  • agnete1994 Post author

    This is very similar to a typical scandinavian potato salad 🙂 However we use a dressing of mayo, sour cream, dijon mustard and sugar which I recommend trying!

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