The Only Potato Salad Recipe I Need

I’m always hesitant to describe a recipe as “the best ever” as it’s just such a subjective thing. Yet, if I were braver, I’d probably call this potato salad recipe the best ever. For many years, I wasn’t a big fan of potato salad. So many dressings just didn’t work for me. Too sweet, too salty, too dry or too much mayonnaise…I couldn’t seem to find the perfect combination. Well, now I have the recipe that I will use for the rest of my life. Adding the vinegar to the warm potatoes gives them a nice, subtle tangy flavour and the minced pickle adds just the right amount of zip. I finally understand why so many people rave about potato salad. Made well, it’s awesome!

Putting the vinegar directly on the hot potatoes rather than in the mayonnaise mixture makes for subtly tangy potato salad that outshines all others I've tasted.

Putting the vinegar directly on the hot potatoes rather than in the mayonnaise mixture makes for subtly tangy potato salad that outshines all others I’ve tasted.

Ingredients

4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut in 3/4 inch cubes
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1 stalk celery, finely diced
¼ cup finely diced red pepper (optional)
1 dill pickle, minced
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon powdered mustard
¾ teaspoon celery seeds
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

Method

  • Place potatoes in large saucepan and add just enough water to barely cover.
  • Sprinkle with salt and bring to boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender (6 – 9 minutes).
  • Drain potatoes in a colander and transfer to large bowl. Add vinegar and toss gently.
  • Let stand for at least 20 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  • In a small bowl, stir together onion, celery, red pepper, pickle, seasonings and mayonnaise.
  • Gently fold dressing into cooled potatoes.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Serves 4 – 6.

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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2 Responses to The Only Potato Salad Recipe I Need

  1. 1924london says:

    Yum! But I always love a loaded baked potato salad with bacon, cheddar and chives

  2. Leanne says:

    I loved this salad – very well balanced.

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