All-American Potato Salad

No summer cookout is complete without a classic, All-American Potato Salad served as one of its side dishes. This easy potato salad recipe tastes great served alongside burgers, hot dogs, ribs or pulled pork, and is so delicious, you likely won’t have any leftovers!

bowl of All-American Potato Salad

This recipe makes a large amount of potato salad…enough for 8 to 10 people. If you won’t be serving that many, it’s easy to cut the recipe in half for a smaller gathering or weekend cookout for your family.

ingredients for all American potato salad

To get started, gather your ingredients: russet potatoes, mayonnaise, onion, green pepper, sweet pickle relish, salt, pepper, and celery seed.

diced potatoes in a saucepan

To prepare the potatoes, first peel and dice them, then boil in cold water for about 20 minutes, or until tender (just test them with a fork). When they are cooked, drain off the water and let cool for a few minutes while you work on the dressing.

diced pepper, onion and dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl

Dice the onion and pepper then combine with the remaining dressing ingredients and cooked potatoes. Season well with salt, pepper and celery seed. Don’t leave out the celery seed…it really makes the whole salad!

potato salad in a mixing bowl

Cover the salad with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for several hours (or even overnight). Before serving, stir the salad again, checking to see if it is dry. If it seems dry, add a bit more mayonnaise until it is the consistency that you like.

all American potato salad in a serving bowl alongside tray of hot dog buns

5 from 1 vote

All-American Potato Salad

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq side dish, salad recipe
Author Erin Myers


  • 5 pounds russet potatoes
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 1 green pepper seeded and diced
  • ΒΌ cup sweet relish optional
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed


  1. Peel and dice potatoes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, boiling potatoes for about 20 minutes or until fork tender.
  2. In a large bowl, combine chopped potatoes, mayonnaise, chopped onion, green pepper, and relish.
  3. Season with salt pepper and celery seed.
  4. Mix well. Cover, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

I hope your family and friends enjoy this yummy All-American potato salad!

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5 thoughts on “All-American Potato Salad”

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    Your potato salad looks delicious. I love potato salad but the rest of my family won’t eat it. So when I make a batch I have it all to myself. πŸ™‚

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    5 stars
    Your All American Potato Salad will be perfect for the season, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a good week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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