What Is a Recipe for Basic Potato Salad?


A quick and easy potato salad recipe combines boiled potatoes with celery, red onion, salt, black pepper and a creamy mustard and buttermilk mayonnaise. The trick to maximizing flavor is to let it sit for a few hours in a refrigerator.

Potato Salad

This recipe yields around 6 to 8 servings and can be served either cool or at room temperature.

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Ready In: 30 min.


  • 3 lbs. small white potatoes
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  1. Boil potatoes
  2. Fill a large cooking pot with water, the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of kosher salt and bring to the boil. Lower heat and simmer for up to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Drain the potatoes and let them sit to steam in a colander over the cooking pot covered by a kitchen towel for up to 20 minutes.

  3. Combine seasonings
  4. In a bowl, whisk the buttermilk, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, salt, pepper and dill into the mayonnaise.

  5. Mix everything together
  6. Chop the potatoes into bite-size pieces and transfer them to a large serving bowl. Toss with the mayonnaise dressing, celery and onion as well as 2 teaspoons of salt and a teaspoon of ground black pepper. Serve after a few hours' refrigeration.

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