Classic Potato Salad Recipe

A serving bowl of classic potato salad with celery leaves on top..

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Note: Cornichons are small salty pickles that can be found in most grocery stores. If unavailable, regular dill pickles or pickle relish can be used in its place.

Recipe Facts



Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Chill: 90 mins
Total: 2 hrs 5 mins
Serves: 8 to 12 servings

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  • 4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided

  • 6 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, divided

  • 3 ribs celery, finely diced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced (about 1/2 cup)

  • 4 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup, optional)

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, washed and minced (optional)

  • 1/4 cup chopped cornichons (see note)

  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard (more or less to taste

  • 1 1/4 cups mayonnaise

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Add 2 quarts water to large saucepan. Add potatoes, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain potatoes and transfer to rimmed baking sheet. Spread into even layer, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons vinegar. Allow to cool to room temperature, about thirty minutes.

  2. Combine remaining sugar, remaining vinegar, celery, onion, scallion (if using), parsley (if using), pickles, mustard, and mayonnaise in large bowl. Stir with rubber spatula to combine. Fold in potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and rest in fridge for at least 1 hour and up to three days before serving.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
322 Calories
17g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 322
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 376mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 886mg 19%
*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.)