Creamy Idaho Potato Salad

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Creamy Idaho Potato Salad

If there’s just one thing that makes Idaho famous, it’s the potatoes.  And no picnic is complete without a Creamy Idaho Potato Salad.  Since the 4th is just around the corner, I thought I’d share my tried-and-true recipe that keeps everyone coming back for seconds.

Potato salad is perfect for summertime get-togethers.  It’s an ideal side to any type of barbecued meats, or one of my personal favorites, fried chicken.  A big bowl of it goes a long way.

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Everyone has their own version depending on taste and personal preference.  I like it chunky, creamy, and flavorful without a lot of bite or tang.  This is what I’m talkin’ about.

Creamy Idaho Potato Salad

I talk to many that shy away from making potato salad because of it being messy and time consuming, especially having to peel the hot potatoes after they’ve cooked.  I’m here to show you the easier route to a perfect, creamy potato salad.

The big game changer for me years ago was when I started to peel and dice the potatoes before cooking them.  Kudos if you already do it this way.

Creamy Idaho Potato Salad

You’ll find they aren’t as starchy and sticky after they’ve cooked, because a lot of it’s been boiled off into the water.  Some may argue the nutrients are cooked out this way, but I’m on the fence about that.  Besides, I choose the path of least of resistance.

The simple dressing of mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard and salt is whisked together.  The flavors are tamed by using a white wine vinegar versus an apple cider or white vinegar that are most common in potato salad.

Creamy Idaho Potato Salad

Once the potatoes are cooked and cooled down, you can add the dressing and gently fold in the celery, scallions, pickles, and chopped hard-boiled eggs.  That’s it.

Simple, delicious, and a real crowd pleaser.

Creamy Idaho Potato Salad

People often ask what makes Idaho potatoes so special.  There are several factors, one important one being the rich, volcanic soil that they’re grown in.  Surprised?  There’s an expansive resource of it here in Idaho.  That, coupled with the climate of warm days, cool nights, and irrigation that comes straight from the mountains, it’s a winning combination for better texture and taste.  You can check out the Idaho Potato website at www.idahopotato.com to learn more.

If you hurry, you might find some cute Fourth of July serve ware to make for a festive table.  I got this dandy star-shaped bowl at a local discount store that already had their red, white, and blue on sale.  It makes the meal just a little extra special.

Creamy Idaho Potato Salad

Here’s my simple version of a creamy potato salad that won’t be dry when you go to serve it.

Creamy Idaho Potato Salad

A chunky, creamy potato salad perfect for picnics, barbecues, and get-togethers.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Salad
Servings 8


  • 3 pounds approx. 8 medium, Idaho potatoes
  • cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup celery sliced thin
  • ½ cup scallions chopped
  • cup dill pickles diced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs chopped
  • parsley for garnish


  • Peel and dice potatoes into bite-size chunks. Place in bottom of stockpot with lid.
  • Add water to pot just to cover potatoes. Place lid on and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce to simmer.
  • Continue cooking for 15 minutes, or until potatoes begin to get tender. Use a fork to test.
  • Drain in colander and immediately run cold water over the potatoes.
  • Allow to drain completely.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt. Set aside.
  • Transfer potatoes to a large serving bowl.
  • Gently fold in mayonnaise mixture and remaining ingredients.
  • Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.
Keyword potato
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Creamy Idaho Potato Salad

Do you make potato salad?  If you do, is there something special you do to change it up for added flavor?  Please share.  Everyone likes to get ideas on an old classic.

Have a terrific week everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

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