'Mashed Potato' Salad

mashed potato salad
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
327 Calories
17g Fat
39g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 327
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 21mg 104%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 998mg 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.)

It's not mashed potatoes per se, but it's not a traditional potato salad either. Like German potato salad, this mashed potato salad is served warm or at room temperature. Waxy potatoes such as Red Rose and Yukon Gold are the best choices for potato salad recipes because they hold their shape and do not disintegrate as easily as Idahos and russets.


  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, about 5 small potatoes, scrubbed but unpeeled, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, about 5 small potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced

  • 1 cup finely diced red onion

  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish

  • Salt, to taste, optional

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the red and gold potato chunks in a large pot and cover with salted water.

  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

  3. Drain the potatoes and return to the pot.

  4. Add mayonnaise, mustard, sour cream, celery, red onion, pickle relish, salt, and pepper to taste.

  5. Stir with a large spoon, lightly smashing the potatoes but still leaving large chunks.

  6. Serve mashed potato salad hot or at room temperature.


For another twist, substitute Dijon, spicy brown, stone ground, Creole, whole grain stout or whole grain whiskey mustard for a whole new taste. Be sure to consider how that mustard harmonizes with the other ingredients you choose and don't choose such a strong flavored-mustard that it overwhelms the other ingredients.​

Menu Suggestions

Since this potato salad can be served at room temperature or hot, it spans the year, unlike traditional cold potato salad, which does not seem appealing in February, for instance. 

If the weather is warm, serve the potato salad warm, not hot, with grilled chicken breasts, fresh homegrown tomato, and mozzarella salad and French bread. It goes great with beef -- and that means burgers, steaks, or barbecued brisket. Tomato and mozzarella salad also complements steaks and burgers; a better choice with the brisket is slaw. Skip any more bread with burgers and brisket sandwiches since you have all you need in big artisan buns, but with steak serve garlic toast or cheese garlic bread along with the tomato salad.

If you're making "mashed potato" salad in cooler times of the year, serve it hot. It goes great with Southern fried chicken, fried or baked flounder, or pork chops. Serve any of the three with fresh steamed green beans seasoned with pepper and bacon bits and warm French bread for a cozy meal.

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