All-American Potato Salad (Cooks Illustrated)

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"Note: Prep time includes rest time for potatoes, but does not include chilling time. This recipe is from the food guru's at Cook's Illustrated. I've never been good at just throwing a potato salad together, but this recipe has saved me many a time! For health reasons, I don't use the celery seeds anymore, but it does affect the taste."

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (321.6 g)
  • Calories 295.5
  • Total Fat - 8.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 111.7 mg
  • Sodium - 721.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 47.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6 g
  • Sugars - 7.7 g
  • Protein - 7.9 g
  • Calcium - 56.7 mg
  • Iron - 2.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 24 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Place potatoes in large saucepan and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, add 1 tbsp salt, reduce heat to simmer, stirring once or twice, until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes.

Step 2

Drain potatoes and transfer to large bowl. Add vinegar and, using a rubber spatula, toss gently to combine.

Step 3

Let stand until potatoes are just warm, about 20 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together remaining ingredients. Using rubber spatula, gently fold dressing into potatoes.

Step 5

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

NOTE: Potato salad can be refrigerated for up to 1 day

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Potato salad is one of our summertime favorites, and this is right up there with the best! I used dill pickles instead of relish. It was delicious for sure!

review by:
(25 Aug 2020)


Delicious! Okay, so I didn't use sweet relish. Instead I used dill relish that added an incredible flavor to this salad. So good!

review by:
(4 Apr 2020)


Great potato salad!

review by:
(26 Apr 2016)


As the previous reviewer said this is a classic, great flavor, and still open for additions like bacon which I added, lovely potato salad that was served with grilled burgers, and was enjoyed by all, will be making this again, thank you for sharing this recipe.

review by:
(3 Jun 2015)


This is a good classic potato salad and we liked it. I made sure to let it sit in the fridge for about 8 hours to get all the ingredients to mix well. My son and husband loved it as much as I did!

review by:
(5 Apr 2014)