Copycat Patti LaBelle Potato Salad Recipe


Patti LaBelle Potato Salad Recipe

Making Patti LaBelle Potato Salad Recipe is easy, and it makes a perfect side dish to any meal. This recipe gives a unique twist, to an otherwise traditional dish. Be sure to check out the step-by-step instructions below on how you can easily make this tasty potato salad anytime you have a craving.

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Potato Salad

Potato salad is a delicious side dish that can be prepared for any occasion. There are many different ways to make potato salad, today we are going to focus on Patti LaBelle’s version of potato salad. 

Patti’s Hot and Spicy Potato Salad

Patti LaBelle’s potato salad is unique because this recipe helps you to make a hot and spicy potato salad. Of course, you can make a version of this potato salad that is not nearly as hot and spicy, but her original recipe is for a salad that contains heat. 

Ingredients Of Patti LaBelle Potato Salad Recipe

Now, let’s look at the different ingredients you can use to make the potato salad recipe. Please keep in mind that ingredients may be added or subtracted as you wish. 

Ingredients that you need are:

Red skinned potatoes



Green peppers


Sweet relish

Yellow mustard




Celery seed


Habanero chilies (optional)

Jalapeno peppers (optional)

Method of Preparing Step by Step:

To make the potato salad, you will start off by boiling your potatoes and eggs. You will want to make your eggs so that they are hard-boiled, then your potatoes should be soft. After each of these has boiled, drain the water and then chill in your refrigerator. 

Move the shell from your eggs, and dice. If desired, peel your potatoes, and then cut your potatoes into cubes. Place your potatoes and eggs into a mixing bowl.

Next, finely chop your onion, seed and chop your pepper, and chop your celery. Add all of these to your mixing bowl with potatoes and eggs. Add in celery seed, sweet relish, yellow mustard, mayonnaise, and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine, being careful not to mash or crumble your potatoes. 

After your potato salad has been mixed, top with paprika. Then coverand chill until you are ready to serve. Serve after your potato salad has chilled and enjoy. 

Famous Potato Salad

There are many different types of famous potato salad. This recipe for Patti LaBelle’s potato salad is one of the more famous potato salads. Of course, as with any recipe, feel free to change up this recipe and make it fit your specific tastes. Now, let’s walk through the step-by-step instructions of how exactly to make this potato salad. 

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Patti Labelle potato salad recipe


5 lb red skinned potatoes, scrubbed

8 large eggs, hard-boiled

1 medium onion, white or red

1 medium green bell pepper

2 stalks celery, chopped

¾ cup mayonnaise 

2 Tbsp yellow mustard

2 tsp celery seed

2 Tbsp pickle relish

Salt and pepper to taste



Step 1

The first step towards making your salad is to wash all of your potatoes and scrub them to be sure there is no dirt remaining. After they have been cleaned, place them into a pan and cover with water. Boil until your potatoes are soft to the touch.

Step 2

In another pan add your eggs and cover with water, boil until they are completely hard-boiled. The process typically takes around 15 minutes for them to fully boil. After your potatoes and eggs are fully boiled, drain the water and refrigerate to chill.

Step 3

Once your potatoes and eggs have cooled, remove the shell from your eggs, dice your eggs and potatoes, and place them into a mixing bowl. Next, finely chop your onion, seed and finely chop your green pepper, and finely chop your celery. Mix all of these together, being careful to not mash or crumble your potatoes. 

Step 4

Into your potato mixture, add mayonnaise, yellow mustard, and pickle relish. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until your potato mixture is coated in your mayonnaise mixture.

Sprinkle the top with celery seed and paprika. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. When you are ready, remove your potato salad from the refrigerator, serve and enjoy. 

Cook’s Note

Note that there are several different variations of Patti LaBelle’s potato salad recipe. We have based the above upon her recipe. However, this recipe would technically be considered a copycat version because it may not be her exact version.

Please also note that if you enjoy a hot and spicy version, you can also add jalapeño peppers and habanero peppers to the potato salad which will add heat. 

Nutrition Facts

We have estimated the nutritional facts for the above copycat Patty LaBelle potato salad recipe. We have based this estimate upon the assumption that the above recipe contains approximately 10 servings. One serving is estimated to contain 410 calories. We have also estimated that one serving contains approximately 10.7 g total fat, 153 mg cholesterol, 267 mg sodium, 66.6 g total carbohydrates, and 12.6 g protein.

What meal goes with potato salad?

Now that you know how to make potato salad, you might be asking what can you serve your potato salad with. Potato salad is a great side for most any meal. Potato salad is a great dish to bring to potlucks, picnics, and cookouts. Any meal, no matter if it’s pasta, beef, or chicken, can have potato salad served alongside it. 

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Should you rinse potatoes after boiling for potato salad?

After your potatoes have finished boiling, it is a good idea to rinse them off in warm or cold water. This will help rinse any remaining dirt or grime from your potatoes. However, it is very important that you wash and scrub them before boiling your potatoes.

Who Is Patti LaBelle?

Patti LaBelle is an American actress and singer. She also dabbles in cooking on the side. 

How to Make Patti Labelle Potato Salad?

The above recipe will walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to make a version of potato salad that is very similar to Patti LaBelle’s potato salad recipe. 

What goes into a potato salad?

The main ingredients of any potato salad are boiled potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, celery, and mayonnaise. From there you can get creative and add other ingredients. 

When to make a potato salad?

Potato salad is the best created the day that you intend to enjoy it. Potato salad can last for up to three days in your refrigerator, however, it is best when eaten as soon as possible.

Why is potato salad dangerous?

Potato salad can go bad. The potato salad that is made with home-canned potatoes can easily cause problems with bacteria and possibly make you sick. For best results, use fresh potatoes, and enjoy your potato salad within three days of making it. Also, be sure that your potato salad does not sit at room temperature for any more than two hours, or else unwanted bacteria can grow. 

Can you eat 2 day old potato salad?

Potato salad that is two days old, and has been stored in the refrigerator since it was made is still good to eat. Potato salad that has been covered and stored in the refrigerator can last for up to three days. 

How long can potato salad last in fridge?

Potato salad typically last between three and five days if stored in your refrigerator. For best results, enjoy your potato salad within three days of its creation. 

How do you make potato salad from scratch?

To make potato salad from scratch, start with cleaning then boiling your potatoes until soft, boiling your eggs until they’re hard-boiled, then allowing them to cool. After they have cooled, mix with celery, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and any other desired ingredients. 

Is it better to boil potatoes whole or cut up for potato salad?

It is best to boil your potatoes while they are still whole, or after they have been cut in half. You do not want to cut your potatoes small and then boil as they will fall apart or become mushy. 

What kind of potatoes are best for potato salad?

The best kind of potatoes for potato salad or red skinned potatoes, or Yukon Gold potatoes. 

How do you make potato salad taste better?

If you’re looking to make potato salad taste better, you can add green onions, sugar, garlic powder, or more salt and pepper to alter the taste. 

Why is my potato salad mushy?

Most likely your potato salad is mushy because you have incorrectly handled your potatoes. For best results, you will want to boil your potatoes whole or cut them in half.

Boil just until they are soft when you insert a knife. After they are boiled, drain the water and chill. When your potatoes have fully chilled, it is then time to cut your potatoes into bite-sized pieces for your potato salad. If you hand cut your potatoes differently during the preparation, they are likely to become mushy. 

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Why is my potato salad bland?

If your potato salad tastes bland, try adding more salt and pepper to spice it up a little bit. If you really like spice you can try adding additional peppers, or red pepper flakes to your potato salad. You may also try adding additional mustard, lemon juice, or a bit of sugar to liven up the flavors. 

How long does potato salad keep in the refrigerator?

When your potato salad is stored properly in the refrigerator, it will last between 3 to 5 days. We recommend storing your potato salad no more than three days when covered and stored in the refrigerator. 

Patti Labelle’s Potato Salad

Patti LaBelle Potato Salad Recipe is a different take on potato salad. There are a few non-traditional ingredients included in this recipe, that make it unique. If you are looking for a new twist on a traditional dish, give this recipe a try. 

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