Make Best Potato Salad Ever: Simple Old Fashioned Classic

By La Cuisinière | Side Dishes

Jul 05
make the best potato salad ever- a classic!

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Make Best Potato Salad Ever –  Pennsylvania Dutch potato salad with hard boiled eggs, celery seed and a home made cooked dressing.  Made by my mother-in-law for her farmer’s market stand.  It is a hometown favorite.

There is the authentic German hot potato salad with onions and crisp bacon.

But why not try what I consider to be the best potato salad ever? I’ve been preparing this potato salad for more than 45 years.  The flavor is classic!

Make Best Potato Salad Ever


One visit to the deli counter in any supermarket and you will find a variety of cold salads:

  • Amish
  • German
  • Country style with eggs
  • Red Skinned
  • The new “loaded” salad which comes complete with cheddar cheese, green onions and bacon.

You can even select from a variety of prepared salad dressings!

 Jake & Amos Bacon DressingMit Real Bacon! Marzetti Potato Salad DressingOld Fashioned Recipe! Wos-Wit Bacon DressingPennsylvania Dutch!

Every so often, I am tempted to buy a container of really fresh looking potato salad only to doctor it up to our taste.  This simple old fashioned classic is easy to prepare and benefits from the time it takes to let them dressing soak into the hot potatoes.

You too may decide that this recipe makes the best potato salad ever!

Make Best Potato Salad Ever

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

old fashioned potato salad

Old Fashioned Classic Potato Salad

  • Author: La Cuisinière
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Home Style


Make the best potato salad ever! A basic old fashioned potato salad seasoned with mustard, mayo and scallions.  Classic flavors that make this the perfect side dish for all grilled meats.  This beats store bought by a country mile.




  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt,
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard,
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper,
  • 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar,
  • 1/2 cup of EVOO,
  • ¾ cup chopped green onion.


Cover the potato salad tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Prior to serving, garnish with the following optional toppings:

  • Chopped celery,
  • Sliced Radish,
  • Hard boiled eggs

Spoon into a bed of lettuce leaves.

I consider any toppings or add-ins to be optional but celery, radish and hard boiled eggs are traditional toppings.  You can also sprinkle crisp bacon over the potatoes for a loaded potato salad but then it almost becomes a meal in itself!


  • Boil 10 medium potatoes in a large stock pot.  Add 1 ½ teaspoons salt to the water.
  • Peel the potatoes as soon as you can handle them.
  • Prepare the marinade while the potatoes are cooking.  You want to pour it over the potatoes while they are still hot.

Once the potatoes have cooled, add the cream dressing.  Toss lightly to distribute evenly;  wrap tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Garnish if desired and serve.


We prefer our potato salad plain and simple.

I’ve always found potato salad add-ins and toppings to be “over the top”.   The scallions add just enough crunch and do not detract or clash with other flavors.

If you really want to dress up the potato salad,  spoon it into a bowl lined with lettuce leaves and sprinkle the top with extra finely chopped scallion, chopped parsley and egg yolks sprinkles.

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To make my egg yolk sprinkles, you do not need a fancy kitchen gadget. This rotary grater has a thousand and one uses in the kitchen for everything from cheese to nuts and a hard boiled eggs garnish.

 Rotary Cheese Grater – LOVKITCHEN Vegetable Cheese Cutter Slicer Shredder with 3 Interchanging Rotary Ultra Sharp Cylinders Stainless Steel Drums & Slicer


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