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Jack's Potato Salad Recipe - Everytime my husband Jack makes this potato salad, we get asked for the recipe! It's so good!

This recipe for Jack’s Potato Salad is one of the reasons we started blogging.  We originally started A Family Feast as a fun way to share our most-requested recipes with family and friends – and Jack’s potato salad is one of those recipes that we get asked for anytime Jack makes it!  It’s so good…in fact, I’ve often told Jack that we should go into business selling this potato salad!

Jack’s potato salad is a mixture of tender-cooked new red potatoes and hard-boiled eggs that are combined with a wonderful dressing made with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, onion, white and cider vinegar, sugar and other seasonings.  It’s the perfect marriage of flavors – creaminess from the mayonnaise, a little bit of zestiness from the mustard and vinegar, and a touch of sweetness from the sugar.

Jack's Potato Salad Recipe - Everytime my husband Jack makes this potato salad, we get asked for the recipe! It's so good!

At our barbeques, you’ll most often find me with just a big plateful of Jack’s fabulous potato salad to eat and a big, satisfied smile on my face!

There are two secrets to this perfect potato salad.  The first is to oil the hot potatoes as you cut them.  This seals out the liquid and stops them from getting too soggy.  The second secret is to mix the mayonnaise mixture separate from the potatoes and add it to the hot oiled potatoes.  Next, the warm mixture is quickly chilled on a flat pan so that it cools faster, then it’s transferred to a bowl once chilled.

You can actually adjust the ingredients you put in the potato salad (eggs or no eggs, onion or no onion, etc.) based on your own tastes and preferences.  Just be sure to follow Jack’s general technique to ensure that the potatoes stay perfectly moist and tender without getting too mushy.


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Jack's Potato Salad - A Family Feast

Jack’s Potato Salad

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 15-18 servings


  • 5 pounds new red potatoes, skin left on
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 room-temperature uncooked eggs
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar, divided
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 cup finely minced sweet onion
  • 2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 cups mayonnaise (we recommend Hellmann’s or homemade)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup canola oil


  1. Place washed unpeeled potatoes in a large pot and cover with water to about 6 inches above potatoes. Add one tablespoon salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium boil and boil for 30 to 40 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. Prick with a fork to tell when they are done.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add the 1 ½ tablespoons of white vinegar, and gently add the whole eggs in with a slotted spoon being careful not to crack the shells. Boil rapidly for five minutes. Turn off heat and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 15 minutes.
  3. Drain the eggs and shake the pan back and forth to crack the shells. Under running water remove the shells. Roughly chop the eggs in large pieces and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the other 1 ½ tablespoons of white vinegar, cider vinegar, onions, celery salt, pepper, poppy seeds, sugar, mustard and mayonnaise. Set aside and refrigerate.
  5. Mix both oils together in a measuring cup or other small container.
  6. Once the potatoes are cooked, leave them in the hot water and remove one at a time with a slotted spoon to your cutting board. Cut potatoes into chunks and place in large bowl.
  7. Once you are a quarter of the way through cutting the hot potatoes, pour one quarter of the mixed oil over the cut potatoes and gently combine. Continue with cutting and oiling until all of the oil and potatoes are in the large bowl.
  8. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the hot oiled potatoes and gently mix. Add the cooked eggs and gently mix.
  9. Now pour the entire contents out onto a sheet pan spreading evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled to below 40 degrees. Once cool enough remove potato salad to your serving container and enjoy.
  10. If serving this outside, try to keep shaded and, as an added precaution, place a bowl of ice (larger than the bowl you are using) under the bowl of potato salad to keep it chilled while serving. Place leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as you have finished serving.

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  • Rachel wrote:

    This sounds delish! Will definitely use it next time we have a bring-and-share at church. Any reason you can’t chop the potatoes before cooking to save time?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Rachel – The pre-cut potatoes will absorb more water during the cooking process and you’ll end up with a mushier potato salad. We prefer (and recommend) cooking the potatoes whole but you can cut them in advance if you prefer.

  • Dorothy wrote:

    I like to add some crispy bacon crumbled on top of this dish. I have also been known to use half sour cream and half mayo.

    • Martha wrote:

      Sounds like a great variation Dorothy!

  • sherry wrote:

    Love love love this potato salad. I added a little sweet pickle juice. Fantastic!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Sherry!

  • Margi in Ky wrote:

    New reader here following link to Best Apple Cake, in the oven right now, and one of my favorite dishes is potato salad. I basically use Julia Child’s American potato salad which I love. But this is on the menu very soon but my only question is do the potato’s absorb all 2/3 cup oil or the excess just get mixed into the salad with the mayo?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Margi – yes – the oil mostly coats the potatoes. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Suzanne wrote:

    I really want to try this recipe but I don’t want to make so much. I am terrible with math and unsure how to divide up the ingredients. Any suggestions on how to make this for just two people? Thanks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Suzanne – My apologies for the delay in responding. For 2 servings, the process would be the same but the ingredients list can be cut back as follows: 3/4 pound new red potatoes, 1/3 teaspoon salt, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar, 1 ounce minced sweet onion, 1/4 teaspoon celery salt, 1/8 teaspoon white pepper, 1/8 teaspoon poppy seeds, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1/8 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons canola oil. I hope that helps – you may want to do further adjustments to the quantities to suit your tastes as needed.

      • Suzanne wrote:

        Thank you Martha. That helps a great deal. I am going to make it tonight. It sounds wonderful!

  • Kathy wrote:

    I made this for a family picnic. My sister usually makes her famous potato salad, but she let me do it this time. It was the hit of the picnic. Everybody just raved about it. I will definitely make this again. It really helped to follow the instructions, exactly. Thanks!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kathy! (Hope your sister enjoyed it too!) 🙂

  • Lisa wrote:

    Wow, this is by far the best potato salad I have ever had! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Lisa! We’re glad you enjoyed it!

  • chris haskins wrote:

    This recipe sounds great, I am making it this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy it Chris!

      • Chris wrote:

        This is by far the best Potato Salad we ever had…..we loved it!
        Thank you again for posting it.

        • Martha wrote:

          Thanks Chris! (We agree!) 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to write to us!!

  • Marcia wrote:

    I made this for dinner last night and it is the best potato salad that I have ever made! It is good warm too. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely make my potato salad this way from now on. I think it might be good to add some green olives.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Marcia! We’re glad that you enjoyed the recipe as much as we do – and, yes, I totally agree – this is delicious warm too! We always sneak a few bites right after we mix it up! Thanks for taking the time to write to us today and let us know how it is with adding the olives!

  • Belinda wrote:

    I’ve made a lot of different recipes for potato salad but this one has to be the best one with that wonderful dressing. Thank you!

    • Martha wrote:

      You are very welcome Belinda and we’re glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for writing to us today!

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