Good, old-fashioned potato salad made with red potatoes, onions, celery, eggs, and mayonnaise!

Grandma's Best Potato Salad in bowlIf you don’t like mayonnaise, eggs, and potatoes you will want to move along but if all of those ingredients sound good to you then stick around!Grandma's Best Potato Salad in bowl

This recipe is my Grandma Gardner’s.  Grandma Gardner was my mom’s mom.  She was a tiny little woman who I rarely saw eat but boy could she cook and I was always so happy when she did. I was a waif of a child (that’s me being dramatic but I was skinny) and then, Grandma Gardner moved in with us and I was no longer skinny, but I digress.Grandma's Best Old-Fashioned Potato Salad - in bowl on plate

For any function we had, Grandma was always called upon to make the potato salad.  Hers was, in my opinion, the BEST! Her potato salad always got raves and seconds were always in order and it was always better the next day after all the flavors mingled and the salad had a chance to thoroughly chill.Best old-fashioned potato salad. Red potatoes in pot of water.

Grandma’s Potato Salad


5 pounds of red potatoes

One dozen eggs hard cooked – You check out my tips for perfect hard cooked eggs here

celery to taste {usually one fresh-crisp stalk} chopped fine

onion-again to taste but usually one medium, chopped fine

1-32 ounce jar of mayonnaise – a good quality mayonnaise

salt and pepper to taste

Red potatoes cooked, drained, and ready to peel for best old-fashioned potato salad


1. Boil potatoes with the skins on until soft but not too soft.  You want some give but definitely NOT the consistency of a potato for mashing.

2. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the water off and allow them to cool in the pot.

3.  Peel potatoes {the skins will for the most part slide right off}. I use a small sharp knife to gently ease the skins from the potatoes.  Cube potatoes into pieces bigger than bite size but not too big {I sound like Goldilocks-don’t I?-not too soft, not too big, not too hard}.

4. Peel and slice hard boiled (hard cooked) eggs and add to large bowl with the potatoes.

5. Add the celery and onion and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

6. Add mayonnaise and stir gently incorporating all of the ingredients.

7. Chill overnight or for several hours before serving. This is always better the next day after the flavors have had a chance to mingle.

Grandma's Best Potato Salad Tips

Jordan stealing a taste of Grandma's Best Potato Salad

My kids always get excited when I make this.  As I was taking the pictures for this post, I turned my back for a minute and when I turned back around there was a hand coming across the table and grabbing a forkful.

Grandma's Best Potato Salad - someone likes it!

I caught him in the act! Even my youngest son who does NOT like mayonnaise at all gets excited when I make this.

Grandma's Best Potato Salad in bowl on plate

Do you have a favorite recipe that was handed down to you? I would LOVE to hear about it!

Grandma's Best Old-Fashioned, Yummy, Creamy, Potato Salad