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Old Bay Potato Salad Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Servings: 12 as a side dish
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef


  • 1 large red onion, cut lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 lb medium yellow-fleshed potatoes such as Yukon Gold
  • 3 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons sugar
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil


  • Toss onion, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and ½ teaspoon salt in a bowl. Marinate at room temperature, tossing occasionally, until slightly softened and pink, about 45 minutes.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and simmer until tender, about 20-25 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes).
  • Whisk together 3 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning with sugar, remaining 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and remaining ½ cup vinegar in a small bowl.
  • Drain potatoes in a colander, and when cool enough to handle but still warm, peel and cut into bite-sized wedges. Toss warm potatoes with vinegar mixture in a large bowl. Add onion mixture and oil, tossing to combine. Add more Old Bay seasoning, if desired (I liked mine with a couple extra teaspoons). Serve immediately or chill for up to 24 hours.


Adapted from Gourmet, June 2006.