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. This recipe looks a lot like my recipe except I add chopped dill pickles. My family loves it. On a side note, I really don’t get so many people’s obsession with Miracle Whip, I think it is just nasty. I can always tell if someone uses it in a recipe and I can’t eat it. But, oh well, tastes are different.

  2. I agree with the comment above about the Miracle Whip, that is some awful stuff. Yep, I said it. And yes I know, to each his/her owns taste buds.?. 
    I add pickle relish, I did try once the dill pickle, to my potato salad, but I prefer the sweet taste. 
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I need some change. 

  3. For the mayonnaise are you talking like Hellmann’s mayonnaise or is there a homemade one that you reference?

  4. Barry R Gosnell says:

    Thank you for those potato salad recipe. Some thing my mother did was put the dressing on while the potatoes where still warm, the dressing soaked in better.

  5. Joanna Jenkins says:

    Sounds really good ! 

  6. Susan Brown says:

    Everything sounds really good. Can’t wait to try it.

  7. I agree with you it should have hard boiled eggs in the potato salad, speaking of Miracle Whip someone told me it was good in tuna fish, so I bought some and made my tuna fish for sandwiches My 2 sons were young and when I gave them the sandwich they asked me what was wrong with the tuna because it tasted funny. Never uses it again.

  8. I added bacon and it was amazing.  I also put the bacon grease in there.

  9. My family and I like the Miracle Whip instead of Mayonnaise it’s a Salad Dressing that has more sugar in it.

  10. Patricia Maclean says:

    Do the old-fashioned Amish drive their horses and buggies to the super market to buy Duke’s or Hellman’s mayo? Or do they do what my grandmother on the farm did – make a “boiled dressing” for her potato salad?  She died in 1957 but I still make her potato salad without mayo. Likewise coleslaw and deviled eggs. 

    1. Christal Dise says:

      I would love to know your grandmother’s recipe for her dressing,,mine too made her own,,but in moving I have lost it.

    2. I’d love your grandma’s recipe as well.

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