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mama's old-fashioned potato salad - dee dee's

★★★★★ 19
a recipe by
Diane Atherton

This is the way my mother and my grandmother always made their potato salad. A really nice side dish to go with BBQ! Not bad with fried chicken or for holiday meals either. I'm sure this basic recipe has been around forever. It's tried and true in our household and the only way our family eats potato salad. Hope you enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This old-fashioned potato salad is the perfect basic recipe that has all the things that make potato salad great. Using good quality mayonnaise that provides creaminess and keeps the potato salad from being dry. Relish adds tang and sweetness that's balanced by the mustard's zesty flavor. There's just the right amount of chopped onions and hard-boiled eggs. Definitely add this potato salad recipe to your summer cookouts.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 19
serves 8 to 10
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For mama's old-fashioned potato salad - dee dee's

  • 5 lb
    Idaho potatoes, peel and cubed
  • 1/2 md
    onion, chopped fine
  • 5
    hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    sweet pickle cubes or relish
  • 1/2 c
    dill pickle cubes or relish
  • 1 stalk
    celery, diced, optional
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1.5-2 c
    Hellman's mayonnaise
  • 1.5-2 Tbsp
  • paprika, for garnish, optional
  • 1
    hard boiled egg, sliced, for garnish, optional

How To Make mama's old-fashioned potato salad - dee dee's

  • Boiling cubed potatoes.
    Peel potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes; place in a 5-quart pot. Cover with water (I add some salt to water); boil for approximately 7 to 8 minutes (time may vary so check for firmness around 5 to 6 minutes, don’t overcook and don’t undercook, you don’t want mashed potato salad and you don’t want undercooked potatoes). Drain and rinse in cold water; drain well.
  • Chopped onions and hard-boiled eggs in a bowl.
    While potatoes are draining and cooling off, combine chopped onion and eggs; set aside.
  • Pickles, celery, salt, pepper, mustard, and mayonnaise in a bowl.
    In a separate bowl, combine pickles, celery, salt, pepper, mustard, and mayonnaise.
  • Folding cooled potatoes, chopped onion, and eggs.
    Once potatoes are cooled; add chopped onion and eggs; fold together gently.
  • Gently stirring in the mayonnaise mixture.
    Add the mayonnaise mixture and combine gently with other ingredients. If the salad seems like you don’t need all the mayonnaise mixture, don’t use it all. If the salad seems too dry, add additional mayonnaise.
  • Mama's Old-Fashioned Potato Salad garnished with hard-boiled eggs.
    Garnish top with sliced boiled eggs and sprinkle with paprika if desired.
  • A plate of ribs and biscuits.
    NOTE: This was an excellent choice for a side to go with and
  • A plate of baked beans, potato salad, a biscuit, and barbecue chicken.
    Pretty good with Crock Pot BBQ Chicken and some baked beans on the side... yum!!