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Red Potato Salad (Easy Recipe)

Although I love most potato salad recipes, red potato salad is one of my favorites. I love how the large chunks of red potatoes add so much texture. And the tangy dressing is superb.

If you enjoy potato salad, you’ll appreciate red potato salad, too. It’s a great dish to bring to a backyard BBQ or potluck. It also makes a fantastic side dish for most proteins.

Homemade Red Potato Salad with Dill in a Bowl
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It tastes just as good as leftovers as it does fresh. And you can even turn it into a stand-alone lunch!

In short, red potato salad has a lot going for it. Once you try it, you’ll make it all the time.

Red Potato Salad

Everything I said above about this potato salad is true. But there’s one more thing that makes it so awesome. It’s fantastically easy to make!

You don’t have to be a kitchen pro to whip up this dish. In fact, you don’t even have to be moderately kitchen efficient. It’s so simple, even total newbies can prepare it.

If you can boil potatoes and mix ingredients, you’ve got this one in the bag. And the fresh, herb-infused flavor will make you an instant fan!

And if you have dietary restrictions, simply swap out the mayo and sour cream for vegan varieties. It should remain fresh and safe even on the hottest days.

Red Potato Salad Ingredients - Red Potatoes, Mayo, Sour Cream, Dijon Mustard, Red Wine Vinegar, Red Onion, Celery, Seasoning, Dill Pickles and Hard Boiled Egg

Ingredients

  • Whole red potatoes. Three pounds of red potatoes should do the trick. I leave mine whole. But you can dice them up before boiling them if you want them to cook quicker. I also recommend leaving the peels on. That’s where most of the texture comes from.
  • Mayo, sour cream, and Dijon mustard. These ingredients make the potato salad creamy and give it its signature tanginess. Any brand will work. But stick to vegan varieties if you’re concerned about the heat at backyard BBQs.
  • Red wine vinegar. Again, this ingredient, too, adds a bright, tangy flavor. It also helps thin out some of the thicker ingredients in the sauce.
  • Red onion and celery. Onions and celery add crunch and an earthy, umami taste. Any onion will work, but red onions make the potato salad look nicer.
  • Seasonings. All the seasonings this recipe really requires are salt and pepper. However, you can add freshly chopped dill for extra flavor.
  • Dill pickles. Though optional, I like to add chopped dill pickles to my potato salad. They add more texture and a bright burst of pickle goodness.
  • Hard-boiled eggs. Eggs, too, are optional. Leave them out if you need a vegan-friendly side dish. (Or if you’re worried they’ll spoil.)
  • Garnishes. I like to garnish mine with several things. Chopped chives, sliced scallions, paprika, and bacon crumbles are my go-tos. You can top yours with whatever you like best.

How to Make Red Potato Salad

1. Boil the potatoes. Rinse the potatoes and add them to a large stock pot. Cover them with water, and don’t forget to add salt.

Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. The potatoes should be fork-tender when they’re ready.

2. Cool the potatoes. Place the potatoes into an ice bath to stop them from cooking further.

3. Make the dressing. Combine all of the other ingredients except the hard-boiled eggs. Mix well.

4. Cut and combine. Chop the cooled potatoes into bite-sized chunks. Then, toss them into the bowl with the dressing. Stir or toss to coat everything well.

If you’re adding eggs, add them at this time.

5. Chill. Cover the bowl of potato salad with plastic wrap, and pop it in the fridge. It needs to chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

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6. Garnish, serve, and enjoy! Once the potato salad is cold, top it with your choice of garnishes. Then, serve it and enjoy!

Bowl of Homemade Red Potato Salad with Dill and Red Wine Vinegar

Tips for Success

  • Don’t add the potatoes to already-boiling water. Put them in cold water, and let the water heat around them. Dropping them straight into boiling water messes with their starches.
  • Make it lighter. Use 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
  • Save time by skipping the water bath. Simply drain the potatoes and leave them to cool completely in the colander.
  • Don’t over-boil. The potatoes only need to be fork-tender. You don’t want them to fall apart. Don’t let them simmer much longer than 15-20 minutes.

Variations

  • Use different potatoes. This recipe works best with red potatoes. They look lovely, and they have a great texture. However, you can make it with russet potatoes or whatever you have.
  • Add some heat. Cayenne, red pepper flakes, or diced jalapenos will all do the trick.
  • Make it extra herby. Add fresh herbs to the potato salad. Rosemary, chives, and dill are only a few options.
  • Use lemon juice instead of red wine vinegar. Both ingredients provide a tart and tangy flavor. Lemon juice is just a bit more citrusy and fresh.
  • Give it a sweet-n-tangy finish. Instead of dill pickles, add sweet relish. It’s still delicious but has a somewhat sweeter taste.

What to Serve With Potato Salad

Looking for main courses that pair well with red potato salad? Try some of these:

Make Ahead and Storage

Because this potato salad tastes best cold, it’s a great make-ahead dish. You can make it according to the recipe up to 24 hours before serving it. Just pop it in the fridge to chill.

Hold off on adding the eggs, though. Those taste best if they’re added immediately before serving the potato salad.

If you have leftovers, they can go in the fridge. Place them in an air-tight container, and eat them within 2 days of making the salad.

Be sure to stir the leftovers before serving them. Add a little extra mayo or sour cream to make them creamy again.

Red Potato Salad (Easy Recipe)

Servings

8

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Calories

255

kcal

This red potato salad will be the hit of any party! Made with a creamy Dijon mustard base, dill pickles, and eggs, it’s so hearty and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds whole red potatoes

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1 -1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or pickle juice

  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped

  • 1/3 cup celery, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 dill pickle, finely chopped (optional)

  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped (optional)

  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and diced (optional)

  • Optional garnishes: chopped chives, sliced scallions, paprika, bacon crumbles

Instructions

  • Rinse the potatoes and place them in a large pot with a generous pinch of salt. Cover them with cold water an inch above the potatoes.
  • Bring the water to a boil. Then, reduce it to a simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Fill a large bowl halfway with ice and water. Drain the potatoes and place them in the ice bath. This will stop them from cooking.
  • Mix all of the remaining ingredients (except the eggs) in a separate large bowl. Mix everything until well blended.
  • Once the potatoes have cooled, chop them into bite-sized chunks. Then, add them to the bowl with the dressing. Add the chopped hard-boiled eggs and gently stir to combine.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour before serving.
  • Serve cold with a dusting of paprika and a sprinkling of chives, scallions, or bacon crumbles.
Red Potato Salad

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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