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Perfect Picnic Potato Salad Recipe

Ah, the picnic potato salad—a staple at every summer gathering, yet often a mere filler on the table. Not this time! Get ready to transform this classic dish into a flavor-packed star that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

perfect picnic potato salad

Ultimate Picnic Potato Salad Recipe


  • 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 5 large hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup sweet relish
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
Perfect Potato Salad Ingredients laying on table

Substitutions and Variations:


  • Substitute Yukon Golds with red potatoes or fingerlings for a different texture.


  • Swap out dill or parsley with fresh basil, tarragon, or cilantro.


  • Replace sweet relish with dill pickles or cornichons for a tangy twist.


  • Use Greek yogurt or Labneh instead of mayonnaise for a lighter version.
potatoes boiling in pot of water on stovetop


Prepare the Potatoes:

  1. Wash and place potatoes in a large pot. Cover with water, add a generous amount of salt, and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Test with a knife for doneness.
  3. Drain and let cool slightly, then peel and cut into bite-sized chunks.

Prepare the Eggs:

  1. Peel the hard-boiled eggs. Separate the yolks from the whites.
  2. Mash the yolks in a large bowl until smooth. Chop the egg whites and set aside.
eggs boiling in a pot of water

Make the Dressing:

  1. In the bowl with the mashed yolks, add mayonnaise, mustard, relish, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined and smooth.
adding mustard, mayonnaise, and eggs to bowl

Combine Ingredients:

  1. Add the potato chunks, chopped egg whites, and finely chopped onion to the dressing.
  2. Toss gently to coat everything evenly.

Chill and Serve:

  1. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to let the flavors meld together.
  2. Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika or fresh herbs if desired.

Tips for Perfect Picnic Potato Salad

  • Salt the Water: Adding a tablespoon of salt to the boiling water helps season the potatoes from the inside out.
  • Cool Correctly: Let the potatoes cool just enough to handle easily. This makes peeling easier and prevents them from becoming mushy.
  • Customize It: Don’t hesitate to omit ingredients like onions or relish if they’re not to your taste. The core recipe is versatile and easy to adjust.

Fun Variations to Try

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad:

  • Add 1 cup of crumbled bacon and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Replace the mayonnaise with ranch dressing.

Olive and Feta

  • Mix in 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese and 1/2 cup of sliced Kalamata olives.

Spicy Chipotle Twist:

  • Add 1-2 finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika for a smoky kick.

Why This Recipe Stands Out

This ultimate picnic potato salad uses simple, fresh ingredients and a creamy, flavorful dressing. The blend of egg yolks into the dressing adds a rich texture that coats every potato chunk perfectly. It’s easy to customize, making it a go-to dish for any summer gathering. Don’t settle for a mediocre potato salad. Try this recipe and watch it become the highlight of your picnic!

Perfect Picnic Potato Salad

How to Keep Potatoes from Falling Apart When Making Potato Salad?

To ensure your potatoes hold their shape in potato salad, it’s crucial to use white (boiling) potatoes. These types of potatoes are better at maintaining their structure compared to baking potatoes, such as russets, which tend to fall apart. Remove the potatoes from the boiling water as soon as they become tender. This prevents overcooking and helps keep them intact for the perfect picnic potato salad.

Why Shouldn’t You Leave Potato Salad Out After a Picnic?

Potato salad should not be left out after a picnic because it can become a breeding ground for bacteria when kept at temperatures between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This range, known as the temperature “danger zone” by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, allows bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus and salmonella to multiply rapidly. To ensure food safety and prevent any potential health risks, always refrigerate potato salad promptly after serving.

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Yield: 8 Servings

Perfect Picnic Potato Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Looking for the perfect picnic potato salad recipe? Serve this comforting potato salad made of mayonnaise, mustard, eggs, relish, and spices.


  • 5 potatoes
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • 1/4 cup of relish
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 small onion


If you are not an onion or relish person just omit those ingredients, this recipe is pretty easy to adjust and leaving these items out will not change the consistency, they only enhance the flavor.

Peel the potatoes and boil for about 20 minutes. You want them to become tender but not so soft that they become mashed potatoes.

Boil water and add eggs once there are bubbles formed inside the pot. Let cook for about 5 minutes and then sit in the hot water for about 10 minutes. Drain the water, add cold water and some ice cubes, let eggs sit inside cold water for a few minutes.

Let the potatoes cool. Peel eggs and dice potatoes. Add to bowl along with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.

Once all of the ingredients are combined, allow the potato salad to cool in refrigerator for a couple of hours and serve chilled or at room temperature depending on your preference.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 348Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 128mgSodium 1127mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 7g

The nutrition in recipes is caluculate by AI, mistakes happen. It is highly recommended to check carb counts to make sure these recipes fit into your diet.

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Sunday 19th of June 2016

It is not a picnic without a great potato salad sitting on the picnic table.

Marielle Altenor

Friday 17th of June 2016

Haven't had potato salad in a long time! Potato salad is so good. We are planning on having some picnic in the backyard this summer!

Wildish Jess

Thursday 16th of June 2016

I love potato salad especially when its homemade!


Thursday 16th of June 2016

This is basically the recipe I use, except I use Miracle Whip instead of mayo. Potato salad is one of my favorite things.

maggie branch

Thursday 16th of June 2016

Everything about this post says down home amazingness! The potato sure is picture perfect and I am sure would be DELICIOUS as well.

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