Contest-Winning Old-Fashioned Potato Salad

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 20 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jul. 11, 2023
We live at the edge of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, where there are lots of small farms. Country markets are plentiful here, so potatoes are a staple. I use them up in this delicious old-fashioned potato salad recipe. —Nancy Grove-Nichols, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
Contest-Winning Old-Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cook until tender, 20-25 minutes; drain. Place in a large bowl; add eggs, celery and onions.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; gently stir into potato mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. If desired, garnish with additional pepper and green onions.
Old-Fashioned Potato Salad Tips

How can you make old-fashioned potato salad your own?

While hard-boiled eggs, celery and green onions are a classic combination in this old-fashioned potato salad, make the recipe your own by adding other mix-ins. Diced red pepper, fresh herbs and crisp, cooked bacon are all delicious additions. For more ideas, check out these other fantastic potato salad recipes.

How long will potato salad last in the refrigerator?

Potato salad leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. We suggest making this recipe no more than a day in advance for the best texture. Want to save it even longer? Check out our guide to freezing potato salad.

What can you serve with old-fashioned potato salad?

Serve old-fashioned potato salad at an all-American cookout! We love it paired with mains like hamburgers, hot dogs and fried chicken. Get started with our massive collection of old-fashioned barbecue recipes. There's something for everybody!

Katie Bandurski, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 231 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.