Family Favorite Potato Salad Recipe

Stove Top and Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Instructions

Family Favorite Potato Salad Recipe –  is a classic potato salad.  Our family gatherings would not be complete without it.  I have tried many other potato salads, and as far as I am concerned, this is the best!

 

Favorite Potato Salad

 

This is one of those recipes that I have a hard time writing the exact amount of ingredients used.  I always just cook up a bunch of potatoes and add the ingredients by taste.  So, add or subtract ingredients to what you and your family personally like. Instructions have been provided to cook on the stove top and in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

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Family Favorite Potato Salad Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Family Favorite Potato Salad Recipe
Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Ingredients
Potato Salad:
  • 6 (2 to 3 pounds) medium-size potatoes,  peeled or unpeeled*
  • 3/4 cup sweet pickles, chopped (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons onion, chopped (or to taste)
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pimiento, chopped and drained (optional)**
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 6 eggs, hard-cooked (5 chopped and 1 sliced)***
  • Fresh parsley (optional garnish)
  • Paprika
Potato Salad Dressing:
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (good-quality)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard, prepared
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sweet pickle juice (or more to taste)****
Instructions
  1. Stove Top Directions:

  2. Scrub potatoes.  Leaves skins on if desired, or peel thinly and remove eyes.

  3. In a large pan over medium-high heat, add potatoes and cover with cold water; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until just tender (the cooking time will depend on the size and weight of your potatoes).  Potatoes are done when the internal temperature registers approximately 200 degrees F. on your cooking thermometer.

  4. Remove from heat and drain.  NOTE: I usually remove the skins when the potatoes have cooled enough to hold.  As soon as you can handle the potatoes, cut the warm potatoes into bite-sized chunks and place in a large mixing bowl.

    Potato Salad cut potatoes
  5. Add sweet pickles, onion, celery, and pimiento to the potato chunks.  Sprinkle with salt and celery seeds; stir until well blended.

    Potato salad chopped veggies
  6. Prepare Potato Salad Dressing (see recipe below):

  7. Pour salad dressing over the potato mixture; toss gently until well mixed.  Add the 5 chopped hard-cooked eggs, gently mixing into potato salad.  Refrigerate salad several hours.  NOTE: If potato mixture gets too dry, add additional mayonnaise and sweet pickle juice.

  8. Potato salad prep - adding dressing and eggs

  9. Place salad into a large serving bowl and garnish with remaining sliced hard-cooked egg. Sprinkle parsley around edge of bowl and sprinkle paprika over sliced eggs.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

  10. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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  13. Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Potato SaladInstant Pot Pressure Cooker Directions:

  14. Scrub potatoes. Peel thinly and remove eyes.  Cut potatoes into 1 1/2 chunks.

  15. To the inner pot, add 1 cup water.  Place cut potatoes into steamer or strainer basket and layer on top with eggs.  Place the basket of potatoes and eggs into the inner pot.  Cover with lid and close to seal.  Make sure the pressure valve is also closed to seal.  Select the Manual button, high pressure and adjust cooking time to 4 minutes.  When the cooking time is done, Quick Release the pressure valve.  When the pressure pin drops open the lid and check the potatoes to make sure they are fork tender or when the internal temperature registers approximately 200 degrees F. on your cooking thermometer.

  16. Remove the basket of potatoes and eggs from the inner pot and let drain in a clean sink.  Place the eggs in a bowl of cold water to cool down.  As soon as you can handle the potatoes, cut the warm potatoes into bite-sized chunks and place in a large mixing bowl.

  17. Add sweet pickles, onion, celery, and pimiento to the potato chunks.  Sprinkle with salt and celery seeds; stir until well blended.

  18. When the eggs have cooled, peel and discard the shells.  Slice one of the hard boiled eggs and save to garnish the finished potato salad.  Chop the remaining hard boiled eggs and place in bowl and set aside until ready to use.

  19. Prepare Potato Salad Dressing (see recipe below).

  20. Pour salad dressing over the potato mixture; toss gently until well mixed.  Add the chopped hard-cooked eggs, gently mixing into potato salad.  Refrigerate salad several hours.  NOTE: If potato mixture gets too dry, add additional mayonnaise and sweet pickle juice.

  21. Place salad into a large serving bowl and garnish with remaining sliced hard-cooked egg. Sprinkle parsley around edge of bowl and sprinkle paprika over sliced eggs.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

  22. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

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Potato Salad Dressing Instructions:
  1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, prepared mustard, sugar, and sweet pickle juice; stir until well blended.

Recipe Notes

* When shopping for potatoes, look for potatoes that are firm and smooth.  Avoid potatoes with wrinkled or wilted skins, soft dark areas, cut surfaces, and those that are green in appearance.

** Pimientos are roasted sweet red peppers that have been preserved in oil.  TIP: After opening and using part of a jar of pimientos, to prolong life of remaining pimientos, add a teaspoon of white vinegar and refrigerate.

*** Learn how to correctly cook Boiled Eggs.

****  I usually add more sweet pickle juice - just because I like the taste.  You be the judge of how much to add.

 

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Favorite Potato Salad

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