All-American ‘Gourmet’ Red Skin Potato Salad

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Forget buying potato salad by the tub, this “gourmet-style” enhances traditional ingredients to take a standard side dish and transform it into the talk of the shindig.

My fiancé declared this one of the best dishes I have ever made – and good thing I made a ton of it because he’s been eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the past two days.

The key to the perfect potato salad is to slightly overcook the potatoes. With red skin potatoes, this will take anywhere from 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. I stayed with medium to large red skin potatoes.

Do NOT chop the potatoes before boiling them – that’s part of the key to the perfect potato salad! They should be very soft on the outside, almost mashed potato consistency, but still tender and firm in the center.

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All-American ‘Gourmet’ Red Skin Potato Salad

The Starving Chef
It's a quintessential cook-out classic: red skin potato salad!
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Cookout
Servings 8


  • 8 red skin potatoes washed
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 ribs celery chopped
  • 2 dill pickle spears* finely chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • ½ cup red onion finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dill seed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Wash the potatoes thoroughly. Place whole potatoes into a large pot and cover with an inch of water. Bring the pot to a rolling boil and cook for 30-40 minutes. You want to slightly overcook the potatoes so that they are firm in the center and very soft around the outside.
  • Prep a bowl with one cup of water and a half cup ice. In a smaller pot, add the white vinegar and eggs. Cover the eggs with an inch of water and bring to a boil, then cover and remove from the heat. Let the eggs continue to cook for another 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to the ice bath to cool. Peel the eggs and chop finely.
  • Drain the potatoes. While they are still hot, use a sharp knife to cut into quarters. Place the chopped potatoes into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • While the potatoes are still steaming, add the chopped celery, pickles and red onion. Stir lightly.
  • Then add the apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, whole grain mustard, dill seed, smoked paprika and yellow mustard. Add two tablespoons of fresh parsley and the chopped eggs. Fold together.
  • Chill the potato salad for at least two hours. The flavors will continue to develop as it chills. Garnish with the remaining parsley. Serve as a side at your next summer cook-out or barbecue. Enjoy!


(*Claussen’s were used in this recipe)
Keyword eggs, mayonnaise, pickle, potatoes
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