This Everything Bagel Potato Salad is a fun version of classic potato salad. Made with just 6 ingredients including everything bagel seasoning, this delicious Whole30-friendly potato salad is sure to impress at your next summer potluck.
The best of two worlds colliding is exactly what's happening in this delicious everything bagel potato salad recipe. Cool and creamy classic red potato salad meet everyone's favorite bagel flavor - "EVERYTHING."
Now that all of those yummy toppings baked into everything bagels are jarred together and sold as spice blends, you can enjoy everything bagel flavor on anything and everything!
❔What is Everything Bagel Seasoning?
Everything bagel seasoning is everything that there is to love about everything bagels except for ...the bagel. It's a blend of black and white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried minced onion, lots of minced garlic and salt. In short, it's delicious on pretty much everything, especially this quick and easy homemade potato salad!
With these easy to follow instructions, you'll learn how to make a red potato salad flavored to perfection with all of the onion-y and garlic-y goodness of everything bagel seasoning (and it's totally Whole30 with homemade mayo and compliant). Enjoy.
🥔 Ingredients You'll Need
- Red Potatoes (cut into 1" cubes) - whether or not you the peel the potatoes for potato salad is totally up to to you.
- Mayonnaise - store bought or homemade. For Whole30 purposes, be sure to use a complaint mayo or make homemade Whole30 mayo.
- Celery (diced) - adds flavor and texture.
- Red Onion (diced) - adds mild onion flavor without overpowering.
- Dijon Mustard - adds a subtle tangy, sharp bite. Be sure to use a compliant mustard for Whole30 or a ½ teaspoon of mustard powder instead.
- Everything Bagel Seasoning - Trader Joe's, Wal-Mart, Aldi, Lidl and the large chain grocery store brands all sell a delightful blend of everything bagel seasoning. You could also make it from scratch.
📖 How To Make Potato Salad with Everything Seasoning
1️⃣ Boil red potatoes:
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add cubed potatoes. Bring water back to a boil and boil potatoes for 10 to 12 minutes or until fork-tender (soft to the touch but not mushy).
2️⃣ Cool potatoes:
Once the potatoes are cooked through, drain them in a colander under running cold water to keep them from cooking any further.
3️⃣ Make everything bagel salad dressing:
In a large bowl, add mayo, dijon and everything bagel seasoning. Whisk together until smooth and creamy.
4️⃣ Mix potato salad:
To the bowl with the salad dressing, add chopped onions and celery. Stir well. Lastly, fold in cooled potatoes. Toss everything together until the potatoes and veggies are evenly distributed and evenly coated in dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
5️⃣ Chill potato salad & serve:
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Before serving, give the potato salad another toss. Sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning as garnish (optional) and serve.
The best potatoes for homemade potato salad should have a waxy texture and thin skin. Red potatoes can be used interchangeable with gold, yellow and fingerling.
Using a pot with a steamer insert makes it much easier to lift the boiled potatoes out of the water and straight under running cold water.
For potato salad, the potatoes should be soft and creamy when they are finished cooking. Boil potatoes until they are just soft enough to piece with a fork but not mushy.
Allow the potato salad to hang out in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This brings everything to the same chilled temperature and incorporates all of the flavors.
🔀 Variations & Substitutions
Whole30 Potato Salad: Be sure to use a compliant store-bought mayo or make homemade mayo. Finding a compliant dijon mustard can be tricky but there are plenty of other compliant mustard to choose from. You can also use a ½ tablespoon of yellow mustard powder instead. Aside from the mayo and dijon, the rest of the ingredients are naturally Whole30 compliant.
Vegan Everything Bagel Potato Salad: Swap regular mayo with your favorite egg-free vegan mayo alternative.
Keto Everything Bagel "Potato" Salad: Avoiding potatoes? No worries. You can cut the carbs in this homemade potato salad by replacing the potatoes with tender-crisp cooked cauliflower florets.
To cook cauliflower for cauliflower "potato" salad"
- On the stove: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and simmer until fork-tender (4 to 5 minutes). Drain and transfer to an ice bath to stop further cooking.
- In the microwave: Add cauliflower to a large bowl with ¼ cup of water. Microwave for 7 to 9 minutes or until the water is mostly evaporated and the florets are cooked through. Drain and transfer to an ice bath to stop cooking.
💭Potato Salad Add-Ins
Try adding additional flavors and textures to your homemade potato salad by adding any of these tasty mix-ins:
- Pickled Onion
- Pickle Juice (just a splash)
- Chopped Hard-Boiled Egg
- Pickled Jalapeno
- Chopped Chive
- Chopped Bacon
- Fresh Parsley
- Shredded Cheese
♻️ Making Potato Salad Ahead & Storing
Making Potato Salad Ahead: You can either make the salad completely the day before and freshen it up with a quick toss right before serving.
OR you can boil the potatoes in advance, store them in fridge in and then toss the potato salad together the day of and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.
Storing: Leftover potato salad can be stored for up to 3 to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge. Freezing is not recommended.
Yes, potatoes of all kinds are allowed on Whole30. They are a great source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C.
For potato salad with the skins it is better to boil the potatoes cut up. If you'd prefer potato salad with no potato skins, you can boil the potatoes whole, slide the peel off and then cut them into cubes.
Potatoes are done for potato salad when the centers are soft and creamy but the pieces are firm enough to hold their texture and support the dressing.
Salting the water will only make the potatoes have more flavor! Add about a teaspoon of salt to the water per pound of potatoes.
More Potato Recipes
Everything Bagel Potato Salad
- 3 pounds red potatoes cut into 1" cubes
- 1 cup mayonnaise store-bought or homemade
- 1 cup celery diced
- ½ cup red onion diced
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add cubed potatoes. Bring water back to a boil and boil potatoes for 10 to 12 minutes or until fork-tender (soft to the touch but not mushy).
- Once the potatoes are cooked through, drain them in a colander under running cold water to keep them from cooking any further.
- In a large glass bowl, add mayo, dijon and everything bagel seasoning. Whisk together until smooth and creamy.
- To the bowl with the salad dressing, add chopped onions and celery. Stir well. Lastly, fold in cooled potatoes. Toss everything together until the potatoes and veggies are evenly distributed and evenly coated in dressing. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Before serving, give the potato salad another toss. Sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning as garnish (optional) and serve.