Old Fashioned Amish Potato Salad

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Make this easy and simple Walmart copycat Old Fashioned Amish Potato Salad at home using a few simple ingredients. It’s a great summer side dish that is sure to tickle your palate (gluten-free).

Amish potato salad served in a bowl.
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About Old Fashioned Amish Potato Salad

This Walmart copycat Old Fashioned Amish Potato Salad is a creamy and decadent salad recipe that is easy to make, comforting, and super delicious.

Cooked potatoes and hard-cooked eggs are tossed in a mayonnaise-based dressing to make this traditional Amish potato and egg salad.

This delicious salad is a staple for summer picnics, get-togethers, road travel, house parties, or BBQs. It is also great to serve a light meal on its own.

Amish Style Potato Salad is slightly sweeter than other potato salads making it unique and different. Mustard and vinegar balance the sweetness very well.

It is also a great salad to prepare for a large crowd. You can easily double or triple the recipe as per your requirements.

This gluten-free Amish potato salad recipe tastes best the next day, so plan to make it beforehand.

This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

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Ingredients

Amish potato salad ingredients 1
Amish potato salad dressing ingredients

For The Salad

Potatoes – I prefer Russet potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes as they are starchier when compared to other potatoes and also soak up the dressing nicely. These potatoes are firm and do not fall apart when tossed with the dressing.

You can also use a combination of these potatoes in this old fashioned potato salad recipe.

If you don’t have access to these varieties of potatoes, then use whichever is easily available.

Eggs – Hard-boiled eggs add a lovely texture to the salad and are rich in protein.

Others – You will also need celery ribs, red onions, and sweet pickle relish.

Red onions can be replaced with yellow onions or white onions.

For The Dressing

The dressing for this potato egg salad is creamy, sweet, and tangy. It uses basic ingredients like mayonnaise, yellow mustard sauce, sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, freshly cracked black pepper, and celery seeds.

Skip adding celery seeds if they are not easily available.

Variations

You can replace mayonnaise with Miracle Whip for a low-fat version. Miracle Whip has half the fat content compared to mayonnaise. I prefer adding mayonnaise, as it gives the salad a nice rich and creamy texture.

Mayonnaise can be replaced with sour cream as well for a taste change.

Add 2 tablespoon of melted and cooled butter to the dressing to make it richer.

If apple cider vinegar is unavailable, replace it with regular white vinegar.

Add ground paprika, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper to the dressing for a spicy kick. You can also add other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, etc.

Add chopped fresh herbs like oregano, parsley, dill, basil, and to make the creamy Amish potato salad more flavorful.

Top the salad with crispy bacon or shredded cheddar cheese to make it even more indulgent.

How To Make Amish Potato Salad

Cook The Potatoes

Wash 8 oz (250 g) of potatoes and peel them using a vegetable peeler.

Cut them into ½-inch cubes. Soak the potatoes in water until ready to use.

Heat 2-3 cups of water in a large pot over medium heat.

Once the water comes to a boil, add the potato cubes and 1 tablespoon salt to the pot and stir well.

potato cubes and salt added to boiling hot water.

Cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low.

Pan covered with a lid.

Cook covered for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.

Drain the water and run the cooked potatoes under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool them down.

Tip – Do not over-boil the potatoes; they should be cooked yet intact. You can also cook some macaroni along with potatoes to make a cold Amish potato pasta salad.

Cooked potatoes rinsed with water to stop cooking.

Make The Dressing

Stir together

  • ¼ cup plain mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard sauce
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds (optional)

in a small mixing bowl.

Dressing ingredients added to a bowl.
Ready salad dressing.

Make The Salad

Add the cooked and cooled potatoes to a large mixing bowl.

Add

  • 1 hard-boiled egg (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped celery ribs
  • 2 tablespoon chopped red onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sweet pickle relish

to the bowl.

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss everything well.

Note – Do not mix hot potatoes with the dressing; the dressing might split.

Salad ingredients and dressing added to a bowl.

Check for seasonings and add more if needed.

Chill the salad in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

Ready Amish potato salad.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Amish potato salad and regular potato salad?

Amish-style potato salad is different from classic potato salad in terms of taste. The Amish salad is much sweeter and tangier than the regular salad and has more complex flavors.

Regular potato salad is dressed with a sweet mayonnaise dressing. In contrast, Amish salad has a mayo dressing perfectly balanced by other ingredients such as mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.

Do we have to peel the potatoes?

No, peeling is optional. I like peeling them as it makes the salad creamier, but if you want a little texture and an earthy taste, feel free to keep the skin on.

How to make Amish-style potato salad less sweet?

I love the sweetness of this potato salad, but it is not the same for everyone. To lower the sweetness, you can reduce the quantity of sugar and skip adding sweet pickle relish. Add pickled jalapeno instead.

Pro Tips By Neha

Peeling the potatoes is optional.

Do not overcook the potatoes. They must be cooked but still hold their shape well.

Cook the potatoes in salted water for the best taste.

Drain the potatoes well. Any extra water will add unwanted moisture to the dressing and make the salad watery.

Storage Suggestions

This creamy salad tastes better the next day. So if you are making it for a big crowd, prepare it a day ahead and store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

This salad stays good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

I do not recommend freezing this salad as the potatoes will get mushy and grainy once frozen and thawed.

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Make this easy and simple Walmart copycat Old Fashioned Amish Potato Salad at home using a few simple ingredients. It's a great summer side dish that is sure to tickle your palate (gluten-free).
4.75 from 4 votes

Easy Old Fashioned Amish Potato Salad Recipe

Make this easy and simple Walmart copycat Old Fashioned Amish Style Potato Salad at home using a few simple ingredients. It's a great summer side dish that is sure to tickle your palate.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients 

For The Salad

  • 8 ounces potatoes (250 g)
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped celery ribs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onions
  • 1 tablespoons chopped sweet pickle relish

For The Dressing

  • ¼ cup plain mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard sauce
  • 1 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
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Instructions 

Cook The Potatoes

  • Wash the potatoes and peel them using a vegetable peeler.
  • Note – You can choose to keep the skin-on.
  • Cut them into ½-inch cubes. Soak the potatoes in water until ready to use.
  • Heat 2-3 cups of water in a pot over medium heat.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, add the potato cubes and 1 tablespoon salt to the pot and stir well.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and reduce the heat to low.
  • Cook covered for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Drain the water and run the cooked potatoes under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool them down.
  • Tip – Do not over-boil the potatoes, they should be cooked yet intact. You can also cook some macaroni along with potatoes to make a cold Amish potato pasta salad.

Make The Dressing

  • Stir together all the dressing in a small mixing bowl.

Make The Salad

  • Add the cooked and cooled potatoes to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add chopped egg, celery ribs, red onions, and sweet pickle relish to the bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss everything well.
  • Note – Do not mix hot potatoes with the dressing, the dressing might split.
  • Check for seasonings and add more if needed.
  • Chill the salad in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

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Notes

You can easily double or triple the recipe as per your requirements.
You can replace mayonnaise with miracle whip for a low-fat version. Miracle whip has half the fat content compared to mayonnaise. I personally prefer adding mayonnaise, as it gives a nice rich and creamy texture to the salad.
Mayonnaise can be replaced with sour cream as well for a taste change.
You can also add 2 tablespoons of melted and cooled butter to the dressing to make it richer.
If apple cider vinegar is not available, you can replace it with regular white vinegar.
You can add some paprika, red pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper to the dressing for a spicy kick. You can also add other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder etc.
To make the salad more flavorful, add chopped herbs like oregano, parsley, dill, basil, etc.
Top the salad with crispy bacon or shredded cheddar cheese to make it even more indulgent.

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 105mg, Sodium: 895mg, Potassium: 624mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 282IU, Vitamin C: 26mg, Calcium: 56mg, Iron: 2mg
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