The best potato salad EVER


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At least I think so. But perhaps I’m slightly biased.

I whipped this up this afternoon for an impromptu BBQ at Greg and Doug’s. Before I start the recipe, here’s a disclaimer: I typically eyeball all the measurements. What follows is a rough estimation; we’re not baking a soufflé here, so we should be fine.

Red Potato Salad

You’ll need:

about 3 lbs of small red potatoes (TIP: buy them in bulk if possible and choose ones that are roughly the same size so they cook in the same amount of time)

1-2 celery stalks, finely chopped

1 half of a small yellow onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2-3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

6 or so hard boiled eggs

2 cups of mayo

1/8 cup dijon mustard

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

First, boil the potatoes and the eggs (separately). I think I boiled the potatoes for about 30 minutes (see why I posted that disclaimer?), but it’s easy to test doneness by sticking a fork in one or cutting it in half. If it needs more time, no harm, no foul, just throw the severed potato back in the pot with the rest.

For the eggs, I have a much more precise process, thanks to Elise at Simply Recipes. Follow her steps for the perfect hard-boiled egg every time—seriously, it’s a no brainer.


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After your potatoes are done, strain them and cut them up into bite-sized pieces—and don’t even think about removing that beautiful and nutritious red skin. Throw them in a bowl and let them cool down. I usually pop mine in the fridge.


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In the meantime, chop up your veggies, dill and eggs.


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My dill plant is seriously out of control

When the potatoes are cool, mix in your other ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

And now, I’ll leave one last thought:

Your friends are gracious BBQ hosts–don’t punish them with store-bought potato salad.


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7 comments

  • Thanks Kate! A tip–it was A LOT at the BBQ I just brought it too–probably enough to feed at least 12 people, so cook accordingly!

  • Reading the last paragraph of your post instantly reminded me of my last weekend, spending time with my neighbor! I told my neighbor I would make BBQ chicken. And yup, there was potato salad and yup, it was the store-bought kind!!! So guess what I did a day after, I went to the store, bought some potato and made potato salad myself! I actually followed a recipe posted on foodnetwork, by Tyler Florence. It turned out pretty good, except I adjusted a few things and there to kick up the taste a little.

    I think I’ll have one more grilling before the summer is over, then I’ll definitely try out your recipe!

    Thanks for posting and for sharing!

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