Homemade potato salad in a blue bowl next to a blue towel and wooden spoon (with logo overlay)

Classic Potato Salad

Classic potato salad should only include just a few ingredients: eggs, potatoes, miracle whip. This is so easy to make and great for BBQs.

I love a good potato salad. It’s not possible to have a good ol’ Southern BBQ without potato salad! And those store-bought potato salads just don’t cut it.

Really, have you ever tried those compared to what someone from the South can make? There are so many ways to make potato salad. So many different ingredients, flavors, and textures. And me? I love a good, plain potato salad.

Seriously, 3 ingredients are all you need for a good potato salad in my opinion. Well, 5 if you count the salt and pepper. I know a lot of people add other things to their potato salad, such as onions, celery, and all types of other ingredients.

I’ve seen some recipes that instruct you to cut the potatoes before boiling, some that say to boil the potatoes whole. I have tried both ways, and don’t find much of a difference in the taste or texture. If you cut the potatoes before you boil them, they don’t take as long as whole potatoes.

My grandma always adds celery to hers so I either have to pick it out. Or hope that she made two batches, one without the celery, like she sometimes does for me.

My potato salad, like I said, is 3 simple ingredients: eggs, potatoes, and miracle whip. Then I add a little salt and pepper for flavor, but that’s it!

Step by Step

Decide if you would rather have the potatoes peeled or not because they need to be peeled before boiling. Now and then I take the time to peel, but I like making this quick and easy, so I leave the peels on the potatoes.

Cut the potatoes into thirds so they cook quicker and place in a large stock pot then cover with water. Boil the potatoes until they are cooked and slightly soft, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, hard-boil the eggs so they are ready at about the same time as the potatoes. 

Let both the potatoes and eggs cool for about 15 minutes then cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Chop the eggs into small pieces as well and add to the potatoes. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper, to taste, into the potato salad.

Gently fold in the miracle whip.

Cover and refrigerate for about 15-30 minutes and serve cold.


Homemade potato salad in a blue bowl next to a blue towel and wooden spoon

Potato Salad

Classic potato salad should only include just a few ingredients: eggs, potatoes, miracle whip. This is so easy to make and great for BBQs.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool 1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, eggs, potatoes
Servings: 10
3 from 1 vote


  • 5 lb potatoes
  • 1 small jar miracle whip
  • 6-8 eggs


  • Peel potatoes and cut into thirds
  • Boil potatoes until just done, and let cool completely
  • Hard boil eggs
  • Cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces
  • Chop the eggs into small pieces
  • Mix potatoes and eggs together with miracle whip
  • Cover and refrigerate to cool
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Nutrition Facts
Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 973mg28%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 5g20%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 25.8mg31%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 7.8mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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38 thoughts on “Classic Potato Salad”

  1. I should surprise my husband with this recipe. I wonder if he would like it. I know he likes this type of thing however, I cannot recall if I have ever actually seen him eat it before LOL!

  2. YES to the Miracle Whip! This is a staple in our potato salads, too, though I admit our family’s recipe is a little more dressed than yours (celery, green onions, sometimes radishes, sometimes crumbled bacon) – And vinegar; most people don’t like their potato salad this way, but it’s how I grew up and I love that extra tang!

    1. I know a lot of people add other things to it, but I’ve always liked mine plain and simple. I’ll have to try a bit of vinegar next time, though, because I think I would like the tang!

  3. I always use mustard, mayo and pickle juice when I make my potato salad. I honestly don’t think I’ve had miracle whip since I was 6 years old lol. But I love how easy this recipe sounds and looks!

    1. It’s always interesting to hear what foods are popular in different places. We were in London and Dublin quite a few years ago and when my sister asked for Ice Tea they looked at her like she had three heads and when we asked about getting Root Beer they weren’t sure if it was an alcoholic drink (it’s a soda). So fun to compare popular foods and what’s available.

    1. I don’t know if I’ve ever had it with dill, but that sounds like it would be a great flavor. Not sure I would like the red onion, but I definitely want to try dill soon!

  4. Potato salad is my go to food whenever I feel low. It’s easy to make and satisfying. Thank you so much. I add chopped mint leaves too in mine.

  5. Your recipes always leave me drooling. I have cut down on all starch and carbs so wondering what I can use instead. Would sweet potatoes work? Also what can I substitute for the Miracle Whip?

    1. I’ve never tried it with sweet potatoes, but I don’t care for those as much as regular potatoes. As for the Miracle Whip, I’m not sure what you could sub. It’s similar to mayo, but you may not want that either if you are trying to cut down. Unless you can find a vegan mayo, that may be a bit better.

  6. When we have potatoes for dinner I always end up cooking too many so this is a great way for me to use up the leftovers!

  7. Potato dishes are very popular in Lithuania. You definitely should try Lithuanian Cepelinai! 😊
    Your simple Classic Potato Salad looks so yummy!

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