How To Make Potato Salad

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Potato salad always seems to make an appearance at summer barbecues, picnics, and potlucks. There are countless versions, and you can experiment with different ingredients until you find the one you like best. While the list of ingredients may look long, the actual potato salad is nearly foolproof, and can be made very quickly. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions below to make your own potato salad.  

Step 1


  • 3 pounds of potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar.

It's not important to measure your ingredients exactly, as there are many variations of potato salad. However, these are good guidelines to start with, especially if you've never made potato salad before.

Step 2

Preparing the ingredients: Several of the ingredients require preparation before adding them to your salad. Simmer the potatoes until they are cooked through. Then, allow them to cool, but not until room temperature. They must still be slightly warm for the next step. Peel them and cut them into bite-size cubes. You’ll also need to chop the celery and green onions and hard-boil the eggs. Finally, chop the hard-boiled eggs into small pieces.

Step 3

3. Mix together the sala: In a large bowl, mix the potato cubes, celery, eggs, green onions, vinegar, and seasonings. It’s important to do this step while the potatoes are still slightly warm, so that the vinegar will be able to penetrate them. Toss to coat the potatoes with the mixture, but be sure not to mash the potato pieces, or you will change the texture of your salad!

Step 4

4. Adding the dressing: In a separate bowl, thoroughly mix together the mustard and mayonnaise.Then, stir this mixture into your potatoes. Again, be sure not to mash the potatoes in the process, but make sure that your salad is evenly mixed without any clumps of single ingredients.

Step 5

5. Pre-serving preparation: Chill for at least two hours before serving. The longer you chill your potato salad before eating it, the more the flavor of the dressing will be absorbed by the potatoes. Because potato salad is served cold, it’s the perfect choice for taking to a barbecue or picnic, because it doesn’t need to be kept warm or reheated. Enjoy!

Potato salad is a traditional side dish for any barbecue. It is a versatile and well-loved American favorite. There are many variations to this classic dish. For example, try roasted potatoes to add a unique flavor. You can also add bacon bits, or change the amounts of the ingredients to suit your tastes.  


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