Oma's Potato Salad

Oma's Potato Salad

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Irene Balas


This is a family favorite, past down from my Oma (grandma), and my mom, and the only potato salad I really love to make and eat. Now my kids enjoy it, too.


★★★★★ 1 vote

Enough for a party or large meal, so at least 6
25 Min
45 Min


  • 2-3 lb
    red or russett potatoes
  • 5 or 6
    eggs (hard boiled)
  • 2
    large, whole clausen kosher dill pickles - or - 4 polish baby dills
  • 1
    yellow onion - diced fine
  • 1/2 c
    more or less - pickle juice (straight from the jar)
  • 1/2 c
    more or less - real mayonnaise (like helman's)
  • ·
    salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Oma's Potato Salad


  1. Rinse and scrub potatoes and place whole and with skins on in a medium to large stock pot to boil.

    In separate pot put eggs on to boil (or eggs can be made ahead of time and kept in fridge until ready to use)
  2. When potatoes are done (firm but cooked through, poke with a fork, it should go in nicely and not crumble or mush the potato. If its too hard, cook longer). Drain water and let potatoes cool.

    Meanwhile peel and dice onion and dice pickles
  3. When potatoes are cool enough to touch, peel off skins with a paring knive. Cut potatoes into chunks. Size is personal preference. I like mine bite size but not too small.

    It's best to place cut potatoes back into the pot to mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Take one of the hard boiled eggs, peel and dice and add it to potatoes.

    Add pickles and onions.

    Salt and pepper (a few shakes with the shaker shoul do it, so that would be maybe a 1/4 tsp each?)
  5. Pour pickle juice (from the jar) to cover and coat potatoes. Mix thoroughly with clean hands (or a spoon if you prefer). Potato and ingredients should be coated, not soaked. Pour off any excess juice if too much settles at the bottom.
  6. Add mayo and mix thoroughly (we use our hands to really get it worked in, but again, use a spoon if you must). Taste - you may need to add a little salt at this point and mix again.
  7. Transfer from pot to serving bowl. Peel and slice remaining eggs into fourths and place as garnish along edges and, if you have enough eggs, cut one to make a nice design in the center of the salad.

    Chill and serve. Goes great with Wiener Schnitzel, breaded pork, or burgers and brats.

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