Easy Potato Salad With Mayonnaise Dressing

Basic potato salad with mayo

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
358 Calories
21g Fat
39g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 358
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 641mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 28mg 138%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 973mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Potato salad doesn't have to be overly complicated. This recipe is a perfect option when you have about 30 minutes to toss together a quick side dish. Made with diced potatoes, some chopped veggies, and a simple seasoned mayonnaise dressing, it's delightfully easy. Make it up for a potluck, barbecue, or family dinner. It's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

The best potatoes to use for potato salad are red-skinned or round white varieties. You can also use new potatoes when making the salad in late spring or early summer. Prep is simple; peel and dice them, then boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. While they're cooking, chop a green bell pepper and onion, and the salad's vegetable base is ready for the dressing. If you like, add some chopped hard-boiled eggs or celery to the mix.

Mayonnaise is a popular base for potato salad dressings. Use your favorite store-bought mayo or try it with homemade mayonnaise. It's not difficult to make if you know a few tricks, and there are several variations—including gluten-free and egg-free recipes—to explore. The flavor is amplified with apple cider vinegar in this recipe, which adds a great tang and lightens the texture perfectly. The seasoning is a winning combination of onion salt, celery seed, and ground black pepper.

For the best results, make this potato salad in advance and let it chill in the fridge. A few hours is sufficient, but overnight is best. The flavor will continue to develop and marry with a little extra time. The potato salad will keep well for three to five days when refrigerated in an airtight container. Leftovers make an excellent and quick lunch when served with your favorite sandwich.


  • 3 pounds potatoes

  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons onion salt, to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes. Cook the cubed potatoes in boiling salted water for about 15 minutes, or just until tender, then drain well.

    Cubed potato
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  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked potatoes, green bell pepper, and onion.

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  4. In a separate medium bowl, blend together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, onion salt, celery seed, and ground black pepper.

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  5. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the vegetables. Stir well to combine the flavors.

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  6. Cover, refrigerate, and chill potato salad thoroughly.

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