Traditional American Potato Salad

Traditional American Potato Salad, at least the Mid-Western version I grew up with, has, like so many classics of cuisines around the world, as many iterations as there are cooks.

Some dressings are cooked, some not; some add eggs, celery, peppers, onions or pickles, some not.

My particular favorite used lots of mayonnaise and good, old ‘French’s Yellow Mustard’, aka: hot dog mustard.

I made some changes.

I lightened it up a bit substituting yogurt for some of the mayonnaise. 

I use Dijon mustard because I can’t get that good, old yellow mustard. If you use salad mustard, I would use 4 tbs, rather than 3 tbs.

I like my new version better.

It likes me better, too.

American Potato Salad

Preparation and cooking time:  30 minutes    


  • 4 medium potatoes, 16oz (500gr) total
  • 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 – 3 ribs celery
  • 2 tbs snipped chives
  • 1 tbs good olive oil
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Greek or plain yogurt
  • 3 tbs Dijon-style mustard

American Potato Salad


    • Hard boil eggs.
    • Slice the potatoes for salad and put in a steamer basket over an inch of water and steam over medium heat for 15 minutes or until done. 
    • When done, put the potatoes into a bowl and immediately drizzle with 1 tbs olive oil, stir to coat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. 
    • Chop celery. 
    • Snip chives. 
    • Peel and chop eggs.
    • To make dressing: Put mayonnaise, yogurt and mustard in small bowl and mix.  Taste – add more mustard if you like (I like a lot) or mayo or yogurt to get the flavor you prefer. 
    • Add most of the dressing to the potatoes and mix lightly. 
    • Add celery, eggs and chives, stir to combine.
    • Add the rest of the dressing if needed – to your taste.  Serve.

    Here are a few more of my favorite summer potato salads…. Very non-traditional.

    Potato Salad with Pimiento Dressing

    Pimento Potato Salad

    Pesto Potato Salad

    Pesto Potato Salad

    German Summer Potato Salad

    German Summer Potato Salad

    Potato Salad with Mushrooms, Basil and Goat Cheese

    Potato Goat Cheese Salad

    And then there’s the French Potato Salad I posted last week.

    I’m definitely ready for summer!

    4 thoughts on “Traditional American Potato Salad”

    1. My favorite is still the one I posted about last year – Lois’ Potato Salad, but I’m always willing to try another iteration of this delicious classic.

    2. Zoomie, I’m going to have to check that one out – thanks!
      dianne, sorry…. I fixed it LOL

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