Classic potato salad recipe (with video) (2024)

  • 8 Ingredients
  • 3 Method Steps

8 Ingredients

3 Method Steps

  • Cook potatoes (600g nicola potatoes, unpeeled) in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Cool. Peel and chop.

  • Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick frying pan over high heat. Add bacon (2 middle bacon rashers, rind removed, chopped) and brown onion (1 medium brown onion, finely chopped). Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until onion (3 green onions, thinly sliced) has softened. Transfer to a large bowl. Add potato and egg (2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped (see note)). Combine mayonnaise (1/2 cup whole-egg mayonnaise) and vinegar (1 tbsp Coles organic apple cider vinegar) in a bowl. Add to potato mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

  • Serve topped with gherkins (2 gherkins, finely chopped) and green onion. Serve.

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Recipe Notes

Serve potato salad with: Grilled ham steaks, beef or chicken skewers, rissoles or sausages.

How to hard-boil eggs for potato salad

If you're going to make potato salad, you're going to need to hard-boil eggs. It's a classic ingredient, after all, especially in our best potato salad. Place in a saucepan or large pot. Cover potatoes with cold water. Cover pan. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 7 minutes. Place under cold water for 1 minute. Set aside to cool before peeling.

What's in a potato salad?

Though potato salad recipes vary, the one ingredient that you'll always find in a potato salad is boiled potatoes (skin on or off). Although our best potato salad recipe features bacon, onion, egg and gherkins (or dill pickles), others contain chives, celery, capers or herbs. This dressing for this incredibly good potato salad is made from mayonnaise, but other potato salad recipes start with a yoghurt or sour cream base and include dijon mustard (we use apple cider vinegar instead of dijon mustard for tang in our potato salad recipe and mayo instead of a sour cream mixture). Some even use orange juice instead. If you don't have green onions or spring onions, you could try adding red onion to your potato salad recipe.

Potato salad with sour cream dressing

Some people prefer the sourness of this great potato salad. And our members also highly recommend this recipe, with a little bit of horseradish thrown into the sour cream mixture for extra flavour and a creamy dressing. While our recipe doesn't contain any extra virgin olive oil, if your refrigerated leftover potato salad is a little dry you can enliven your creamy dressing with a tablespoon of oil mixed through in a large bowl.

Easy potato salad recipes

We really do believe this is our best potato salad recipe, but if you're looking for even more classic potato salad recipe inspiration: get making more potato salad recipe goodness with this collection of recipes, that range from those with creamy dressing to those with a splash of citrus and fresh crunch. Find a fantastic recipe to suit your next occasion or family gathering, where potato salads are always welcome.

How do you know what kind of potatoes to use?

When it comes to cooking potatoes for a potato salad recipe, sometimes the hardest part is knowing which kind of potatoes are right to use to make the best potato salad (is it waxy potatoes, russet potatoes, yukon gold potatoes, red potatoes, or something entirely different?). Getting as frustrated as hot potatoes? Never fear, we've decoded everything you need to know about potatoes (so your potato salad recipe will be absolutely delicious!). Read about the varieties you can choose from, here.

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