Basic Potato Salad


It's a classic, our simple potato salad recipe is easy to make and will be a summer staple at cookouts and family dinners.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins

All you need is four ingredients for this simple potato salad recipe: scallions, mayonnaise, white-wine vinegar, and potatoes (we use Yukon gold potatoes, a great all-purpose spud with a creamy bite). While the potatoes are steaming, mix the vinegar with scallions, and season with salt and pepper. Tossing the cooked potatoes in this tangy mixture while they are still hot allows them to absorb the flavors. After they cool, stir in the mayonnaise and more scallions, and you’re ready to serve.

You can make this potato salad up to two days ahead.

basic potato salad in serving bowl

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  • 3 pounds waxy potatoes (such as Yukon gold or new), scrubbed and cut into ¾-inch cubes

  • cup white-wine vinegar

  • 4 scallions, white part minced, green part thinly sliced

  • Coarse salt

  • Ground pepper

  • ¾ cup light mayonnaise


Ingredients for basic potato salad

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  1. Prep steamer basket and pan:

    Set a steamer basket in a Dutch oven (or large pot with a lid), and add enough salted water to come just below basket; bring to a boil.

    Steamer basket set in pan

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  2. Steam potatoes:

    Place potatoes in basket, cover pot, and reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Steam potatoes, gently tossing occasionally, until tender, 15 to 25 minutes.

    cubed raw potatoes in steamer basket

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  3. Combine vinegar and scallion whites:

    Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine vinegar, scallion whites, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

    vinegar and scallions in bowl

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  4. Toss potatoes in vinegar mixture and chill:

    Add hot potatoes to vinegar mixture; toss to combine. Cool to room temperature, tossing occasionally, about 1 hour.

    potatoes being mixed with vinegar in bowl

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  5. Add mayonnaise and scallion greens:

    Add mayonnaise and scallion greens to cooled potatoes; mix gently to combine.

    Adding mayonnaise and scallions to cooked cubed potatoes in a bowl

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  6. Serve or refrigerate:

    Serve, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.

    Basic potato salad in bowl

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basic potato salad in serving bowl

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