Our old-fashioned Amish potato salad recipe is sweet, tangy and totally delicious. It’s the perfect side for any picnic, potluck, or holiday celebration. This is the BEST potato salad recipe! It’s next-level, just like my famous broccoli salad, our macaroni salad, and my best coleslaw recipe.

I’m a total sucker for old Amish family recipes.

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Since we live so close to a large Amish community in Ohio, we’re always picking up local Amish cookbooks.

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This Amish potato salad recipe is one that I picked up from an Amish cookbook years ago, and we’ve made a few changes to suit our tastes over the years.

This is a truly easy potato salad recipe. If you’ve never made your own homemade potato salad, what are you waiting for? It’s so much better than that store-bought stuff.

amish potato salad ingredients in a bowl

This potato salad recipe has a sweet and tangy flavor that just tastes amazing. This potato salad is my go-to recipe for picnics, potlucks, and holidays.

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What is Amish Potato Salad?

This recipe is made from a real mayonnaise base (not Miracle Whip!), as well as mustard, white vinegar, sugar, and salt.

This produces a sweet and sour sauce that will soak into your potatoes and taste absolutely delicious.

As far as potatoes, I highly prefer Yukon Gold potatoes, but you can use any potatoes that you have on hand.

potato salad recipe

Don’t forget about the hard-boiled eggs. They are so important in making this homemade potato salad a truly special dish.

You can make this Amish potato salad recipe in advance. I usually make it the night before an event.

This gives the potatoes plenty of time to soak-up all of the delicious flavors.

We often make this dish in the summertime as a side for weekend cookouts or events like the 4th of July or Memorial Day.

I’m always the person in the family tapped to bring the potato salad because everyone loves this recipe so much!

How to Store Amish Potato Salad

  1. Refrigerate pronto: Put potato salad in the fridge within 2 hours.
  2. Airtight container: Use a sealed container to keep it fresh.
  3. Keep it cool: Store below 40°F (4°C) in the main fridge section.
  4. No sunlight: Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources.
  5. Use within 3-4 days: For best quality and safety.
  6. For outdoor events: Keep it cold with a cooler and ice packs.
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Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to let your cooked potatoes cool thoroughly before adding the sauce. You can speed up the process, if you’re impatient, by running the potatoes under cold water.
  • You can optionally add salt to your water when boiling the potatoes. I always add a little salt! I think it gives the potatoes more flavor.
  • Jazz it up by adding little freshly cracked black pepper and paprika to your Amish potato salad right before serving!

The next time you’re craving a creamy and delicious Amish potato salad, skip the line at Walmart and make your own using my tasty recipe!

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4.31 from 49 ratings

Amish Potato Salad

Author: Crissy Page
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes
Delicious homemade Amish potato salad is sweet, tangy, and easy to make.


  • 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes about 3 lbs., diced, cooked
  • 6 hard boiled eggs chopped
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup onion finely diced
  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Peel and dice potatoes; cover with cold water in a large pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and gently boil for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  • Allow the potatoes to fully cool. If you want to speed the process up, you can rinse in cold water.
  • In another bowl mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, white vinegar, granulated sugar, and salt.
  • Add the diced potatoes, celery, and the onion to the mixture and stir until everything is coated. 
  • Stir in the eggs.
  • Refrigerate until chilled.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 157mg | Sodium: 528mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g
Nutrition values are estimates, sourced from an online nutrition calculator. This information should never be considered a substitute for medical advice. Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amish, amish recipes, potato salad, salads

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  1. Leave out the onions that’s yankee

  2. I noticed That reading you say it has milk in the recipe but I don’t see how much and when to add it does anyone know?? thank you 

    1. I wouldn’t bother putting in milk. Might curdle with the vinegar being a part of the dressing. I really don’t think it needs it.

      1. it doesnt curdle, i make a slurry or all that and it doesnt curdle

  3. christine says:

    Amish people. “pay drivers” to take them into the local stores to buy certain grocery items….We live around them here in Michigan
    And “yes, you could look up on the internet “how to mayo homemade “Mayo”…But “why bother?Nothing like “Dukes, Hellmans, and even “Walmarts “brand” ranks up there with Hellmans.

    Another “tip”…To the lady who used “mayo” on her kids tuna sandwiches…try 2/3 mayo to 1/3 ratio mix…on bot “tuna mixture AND Potato salad dressing.Add “some canola oil(1/4 cup and “splash of “vinegar” to your dressing mixture…to KEEP it creamy and moist…I also will “add a “Splash of Horseradish CREAM sauce to my dressing mixture to “really make the dressing “pop”

  4. Marilyn S says:

    I grew up in Indiana eating nothing but miracle whip. Didn’t know there was any other kind. Then I moved south and discovered Hellmans mayo or homemade. Yuck to MIracle Whip.

  5. Elizabeth Pratt says:

    My Granmom taught me how to make hot German potato salad when I was 5 and the next time we went for visit I had to make it from my memory. Turned out I had it all down okay.Then she started teaching me other recipes. But the lessons had to stop when I turned 7 as my father got transfered from Philly to NOLA during WW2 By the time we moved back to Philly I was going on 14 and my grandmother had died.

  6. The Amish potato salad turned out perfect. It was my grandmother’s recipe she had used. Now I have it again. Thank you

  7. Rose Belfiore says:

    This recipe is awesome. I did cut back on the sugar though everyone loves it! I find myself making it every wee.

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe several times. 
    As far as I’m concerned it’s the best I’ve ever made or eaten. 
    I will admit that I do add a tablespoon of sweet pickle relish. 

    1. Crissy Page says:

      So glad you like it, and your addition of the sweet relish sounds great. I’ll have to try that!

  9. Ed Weston says:

    I got some Amish Potato Salad at Market Got your receipt wanted to try my hand at it I followed it to a tee except no onions It was absolutely marevelous and everyone liked it…..thanks so much

  10. Some people like Miracle Whip. Some people were raised on Miracle Whip.

    1. Crissy Page says:

      Yes, liking and using Miracle Whip is fine if that’s your preference. 🙂

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