Plain Potato Salad in a gray bowl with spoon.

Plain Potato Salad

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Plain Potato Salad is always served with gumbo at our house. We like it that way. Nothing fancy or extra in there to mask or take away from the taste of the food it’s served with especially our gumbo.

Plain Potato Salad in a gray bowl with spoon.

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Plain Potato Salad Ingredients

I started making this simple salad after I first married my husband, Steve, a Mississippi man. I discovered he didn’t like junk in his food. That’s what he called anything crunchy. He said he didn’t like his food to crunch. So I guess you could also call it a Clean Potato Salad since it doesn’t contain any junk, according to him.

A bowl of fresh eggs and potatoes, a cup of mayonnaise, a bowl of mustard, a pepper mill, and a salt shaker on a wooden cutting board.

Since then I make this virtuous Plain Potato Salad with eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. That’s it! No onions, no pickles, no crunch! Although my husband’s tastes have changed over the years (eating more junk in his diet), our potato salad has not. The whole family now prefers it in its unadorned state.

We even like it served alongside different meat entrees, especially grilled or barbecued.

In With The Gumbo

A white bowl of chicken and sausage gumbo with rice and a scoop of Plain Potato Salad in it.

Many gumbo eaters, especially Cajuns, prefer their potato salad right in their bowl of gumbo. If you need more testimony of this behavior, check out this post from There is no sense in dirtying another dish or having to dip your spoon into several plates before it hits your mouth!

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A pottery bowlful of Plain Potato Salad.

Plain Potato Salad

A simple potato salad of potatoes, eggs, mayo, mustard, and seasoning is all that’s needed to compliment your best entrees, like gumbo.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x



3 pounds of red potatoes, quartered with skins left on 

4 large fresh eggs 

3/4 cup mayonnaise 

1 tablespoon regular prepared mustard 

3/4 teaspoon sea salt 

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Place potatoes in a large pot and fill with water to about two inches over potatoes. 

Boil until potatoes are almost tender. 

Add eggs to the pot near the end of boiling time to allow them to cook for 8 minutes with potatoes. 

When potatoes are tender drain them and the eggs. 

Let potatoes and eggs cool to touch then peel eggs and dice eggs and potatoes into bite-size pieces.   

Add mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper stirring lightly as to not mash the potatoes. 

Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until later.


I, like many gumbo eaters,  add the potato salad directly into my bowl of gumbo. I like the taste, and it saves on dishwashing!

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: potato salad, plain

If you are in need of good gumbo recipes, I can hook you up here with Chicken Gumbo, Simply Classic Cajun, Seafood Gumbo, Goose Gumbo, or Shrimp Okra Gumbo. And while you’re at it, I’ll show you how to make a never-fail pot of rice at Everyday Rice Every Day to go with your Plain Potato Salad.

A pottery bowlful of Plain Potato Salad.

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  1. When I lived in Mississippi, just after I moved out of your in-laws house (what a surprise that was when I found out), a Mississippi friend introduced me to pickles that she made from yellow, overgrown cucumbers. I couldn’t believe that the recipe called for cucumbers we used to cull but, boy, does it make the best potato salad!

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