Three Potato Salad

This Three Potato Salad is a fun mix of three kinds of potatoes – sweet, russet and red – and it makes a delicious potato salad! Careful, this dish is highly addictive!

Three Potato Salad

Three Potato Salad recipe

Three Potato Salad

So we had a bit of a crazy day the other day. Jessie got out of the fenced in back yard while the hubs was working in the yard. Not too long after, he realized he couldn’t find her and came to get my help looking. She typically doesn’t make it far – sniffing in someone’s back yard or getting up to the top of the hill behind our house. Since we now have the fence though, it seemed unlikely that she’d gotten up behind it.

We were looking for a solid 15 minutes or so and it felt like an eternity. I was calling for her and finally walked up the hill behind the house, outside of the fence, just to be sure she didn’t somehow get up there. I got to the top of the hill and there she was! She took off running towards me! She was trying to get down to where I was calling her, but clearly couldn’t find her way around the fence. Such relief!

Naturally I rubbed her and kissed her and gave her some big hugs. Shortly after, I realized she was covered in poo. She has a habit of chasing what we think is a bunny. She must chase it to it’s home and stick her whole head and neck in there because she comes back covered in poo. As soon as I realized we both now had poo particles on us, we were both in the shower. I’d say that’s sufficient punishment for disappearing. 😉 The good thing is that she was fine and now she’s nice and clean. She had me worried for a minute there!

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Now onto this potato salad! When we were in Hilton Head with the family back in May, we had a three potato salad at a restaurant where we had lunch one day. I was totally intrigued by it and ended up loving it! It’s a little different than your average potato salad. While not overwhelming, the flavor from the different potatoes is totally delicious and fun. Plus, I feel extra healthy because of the sweet potatoes. 😉

So naturally I had to come home and recreate it. To start, grab some red, russet and sweet potatoes. Peel and chop them and boil them until softened. It takes a little time, but it’s nice and easy. Once the potatoes are done cooking, put them in the fridge to cool completely. When they cool, they firm back up a bit and when you start stirring the dressing into them, they don’t fall apart.

The dressing is just a few simple ingredients you likely already have. A little mayo, onion, sugar, vinegar and of course salt and pepper. Delicious, easy and such a fun and different potato salad. It’s got just enough dressing – not too much and not tool little. It’d be great for the holiday this weekend!

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Three Potato Salad

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 8 Servings
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


This Three Potato Salad is a fun mix of three kinds of potatoes – sweet, russet and red – and it makes a delicious potato salad! Careful, this dish is highly addictive!


  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped*
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped*
  • 34 medium red potatoes, peeled and chopped*
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


1. Add the chopped potatoes to a large pot and fill with enough water to fully cover the potatoes.
2. Bring the water to a boil and boil the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes, or until softened.
3. Drain water from potatoes and refrigerate until cold.
4. Add the mayonnaise, onion, sugar and vinegar to the potatoes and stir until well combined.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Serve the potato salad immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve. The potato salad gets even better as it sits overnight.

*You should end up with about 1 cup of each of the potatoes once peeled and chopped.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 2.6 g
  • Sodium: 241.5 mg
  • Fat: 9.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.7 g
  • Protein: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Recipe modified from Taste of Home.

Three Potato Salad - made with sweet, russet and red potatoes! So easy and delicious!

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  1. Kathy Cummins

    I want to make this, but have a few questions. Can I put diced sweet pickles, diced celery and diced hard boiled eggs in it also? Please let me know.

      1. Kathy Cummins

        I did make this with my additions of the sweet pickles, sweet onion, celery, and hard boiled eggs. I had several people try it, and of course they wanted the recipe, which I gladly gave them. Thank you for this recipe, I will be making more often.

  2. Jennie Gemignani

    We made this to go with our Easter ham, and it was delightful. I love the sweet potatoes in this. We added a couple hard-boiled eggs and bacon.

    So many options!

  3. Cheria Hay

    I stumbled on you site tonight and I LOVE IT!!!! All of your dishes look amazing. It was such an added bonus seeing my home town mentioned. I’m from Hilton Head Island, born and raised!!!!! So glad to hear you enjoyed your time there. I cannot wait to try your recipes.

    1. Marion Moore

      Haven’t tried it yet so don’t know but would this be the same recipe the seafood restaurant The Wharf uses in their 3 potato salad because I know it’s good and long for the recipe

  4. Heather

    Hello! This sounds and looks really good! However, I’m not a sweet potatoe fan 🙁 Maybe the sweet potatoe taste along with the other ingredients is morphed into something my taste buds would enjoy? Can you tell me if the sweet potatoe is very noticeable or if I can revise this recipe with another spud?

  5. Katherine

    I’ve never thought to put sweet potatoes in a potato salad before. (Not sure why.) It sounds delicious!

  6. Cecelia Dowdy

    Wow, this looks awesome! I’ve never seen sweet potatoes included in potato salad. I’d love to have some of this!

  7. Sharon C

    My family is headed to Hilton Head in a few months! Please tell me which restaurant you had this potato salad in; this will be our second trip to HH and we want to try some different places to eat. I am sure we will head back to Hudson’s Seafood though – we loved that place and they had the most awesome tartar sauce! 

    1. Lindsay

      Oh, how fun! I LOVE Hilton Head! The potato salad was at Market Street Cafe. It’s pretty casual. Hudson’s is good! A favorite of mine is Crazy Crab! There’s one in Harbor Town and there’s one on your way onto the island. The Harbor Town one is fun because it’s Harbor Town, but we actually think the other one has better food and experience. The hush puppies are my fave too! 🙂

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and a mom to twin boys and a baby girl! And I've got a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the treats!

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