The Best Red Potato Salad

With the addition of hard boiled eggs and dill pickle relish, this recipe is truly the best Red Potato Salad. And, there’s no need to peel the potatoes!

red potato salad topped with hard boiled eggs and paprika.

I love a good shortcut recipe. Anything that saves me time is a welcome addition to my cooking repertoire.

So when I stumbled on this no-peel Best Ever Red Potato Salad in an old church cookbook, I knew I had to try it.

Similar to my family’s German Potato Salad, this red skin potato salad recipe has hard boiled eggs both inside the salad AND on top. It also sports the addition of red pepper, dill pickle relish, celery, and green onions, plus a flavor-packed creamy mayonnaise dressing.

The variety of flavors and textures is an amazing spin on a creamy potato salad!

And best of all, there’s no need to peel the potatoes, making it relatively quick and easy.

I served this at a cookout recently and it went WAY too quickly—I should have made a double batch!

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What makes this the BEST red potato salad recipe?

  • First of all, you don’t have to peel the potatoes! Red skin potatoes have a thin skin that works perfectly for potato salad.
  • There are so many flavor enhancers—green onions, pickle relish, bell pepper, mustard, celery salt. It is packed with a variety of flavors and textures that pair so well together.
  • Hard boiled eggs! I LOVE eggs in salads, and everyone gets so excited when you reveal that there are hard boiled eggs in the salad.


red potatoes, green onions, mayo, and other ingredients on a white table.
  • Red potatoes are the star of this salad. No need to peel them!
  • Celery adds a great crunch. More texture = more delicious.
  • Green onions add a little bite/kick. You can use the whole green onions (white and green parts) here.
  • Chopped bell pepper (I used a red pepper) adds more crunch and fresh flavor.
  • Dill pickle relish is an easy flavor enhancer for the dressing. Sweet pickle relish works great, too.
  • Hard boiled eggs make it special! You can buy the pre-cooked, pre-peeled eggs to save time.
  • The mayonnaise dressing gets a little kick from mustard.
  • Apple cider vinegar (or whatever vinegar you have) adds some tanginess and balances out the creamy dressing.
  • Celery salt adds a great peppery bite to the dressing. Don’t have it? Substitute onion salt OR dried dill + table salt (2 parts dried dill to 1 part table salt).

How to make red potato salad

You’ll need 7–8 medium red potatoes for this recipe, which makes about 6 cups when chopped. They are sometimes labeled “red bliss” potatoes at the grocery store. Yukon Gold potatoes work here, too!

Cut the potatoes into half-inch pieces, and place in a large saucepan. Cover with water, add two teaspoons salt, and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10–15 minutes, or until a fork slides through the potatoes easily. 

The salt seasons the potatoes perfectly.

Drain and transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, along with the green onions, celery, red pepper, pickle relish, and two of the hard boiled eggs (chopped).

hard boiled eggs, green onions, potatoes, and celery in a white bowl.

For the potato salad dressing, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, celery salt, and vinegar.

mayonnaise dressing in a white bowl with a whisk.

Pour the mayonnaise dressing over the potato mixture, and toss gently with a spatula to combine.

Transfer the red potato salad to a serving bowl. Slice the remaining hard boiled egg, and arrange it on top. Sprinkle with paprika, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

red potato salad in a white dish, topped with a hard boiled egg and paprika.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use low-fat mayonnaise?

Yes, substitute an equal amount of low-fat mayonnaise in place of the regular mayonnaise.

What can I substitute for celery salt?

Onion salt OR dried dill + table salt (two parts dried dill to one part table salt) can be substituted for the celery salt.

Is potato salad gluten-free?

Most potato salads are gluten free (including this one). As always, check the label on any packaged ingredients to be sure. It is also dairy-free.

Can I freeze potato salad?

Unfortunately, potato salad will become watery after being frozen. Store it in the refrigerator, and enjoy the potato salad within 5–6 days of making it.

How long do I cook red potatoes for potato salad?

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10–15 minutes, or until tender.
To find out if the potatoes are tender, slide a fork through a piece of potato. If it slides through easily, the potatoes are done. If the fork meets some resistance, boil for a few more minutes and test again.

Can red potato salad be made ahead of time?

This red potato salad recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead of serving it. Store it in a covered container in the refrigerator, and give it a stir before serving.

When you serve it, the potato salad can sit at room temperature for up to 4 hours.

Store any leftover red potato salad in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

red potato salad in a silver and white bowl.

Variations for red potato salad

Here are a few ideas for variations, and a few tips making this salad extra easy.

  • Substitute jarred pimento peppers (chopped) for the red pepper
  • Purchase hard boiled eggs that are already peeled (this is SUCH a time saver!)
  • Substitute 2 teaspoons of celery seed + one-half teaspoon of salt for the celery salt
  • Sprinkle smoked paprika on top
  • Substitute chopped red onion in place of the green onion
  • Use white vinegar, red wine vinegar, or lemon juice in place of the apple cider vinegar
  • You can use either dill pickle relish or sweet pickle relish
  • Add 4–5 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon

What to serve with red potato salad

Red Potato Salad is the perfect side dish for a cookout. Here are a few ideas for main dishes and other side dishes:

red potato salad topped with paprika and hard boiled eggs.

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📖 Recipe

red potato salad topped with hard boiled eggs and paprika in a white dish.

Best Ever Red Potato Salad

Published by Kate
With hard boiled eggs and dill pickle relish, this red potato salad is truly the best ever!
4.50 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 309 kcal


  • 7–8 medium red potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup dill pickle relish (or sweet pickle relish)
  • ½ cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped red pepper
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt (see notes for alternatives)
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • For the top: paprika


  • Cut the potatoes into ½ inch pieces. Place in a large saucepan, and cover with water. Add two teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10–15 minutes, or until a fork slides through the potatoes easily.
  • Drain the potatoes and place in a large bowl. Let cool slightly.
  • Chop 2 of the hard boiled eggs, and add those to the potatoes, along with the celery, pickle relish, green onions, and red pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, celery salt, and vinegar.
  • Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the potato mixture, and toss gently with a spatula to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top the salad with the remaining hard boiled egg (sliced).


You can substitute chopped pimento peppers (from a jar) in place of the red pepper, if you’d like. You can also substitute sweet pickle relish for the dill pickle relish, and white vinegar for the apple cider vinegar.
Don’t have celery salt? Substitute 2 teaspoons of celery seed + one-half teaspoon of salt for the celery salt. 
Purchase peeled hard boiled eggs from the grocery store to make this recipe even easier.
You can make the potato salad up to 2 days ahead. Store in a covered dish in the refrigerator. Serve any leftovers within 5–6 days after making it. 


Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1195mgPotassium: 957mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 373IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg
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