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Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Updated on June 16, 2015

Potato Salad Just Like Mom Made

Good old fashioned homemade potato salad is one of my favorite side dishes to serve, and when it comes to my mom's recipe it was the best. Summer holidays wouldn't be the same without her potato salad.

Like any good cook, she never wrote down any of her recipes but I guess she thought we knew the amounts. I'd watch her, but still couldn't reproduce it to taste exactly like mom's.

Over the years I've fashioned my own recipes after those of my mother's hoping to re-create some of her masterpieces. I've used this recipe for years, and like mom I never keep a record of the amounts. So, when I had to write it down there was a bit of tweaking to get it right. You may need to do the same to fit your desired tastes.

If you like macaroni salad, you can use this same recipe, but substitute one pound of macaroni instead of the potatoes. Try serving it with one of my favorite sandwiches or other recipes.

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Add this old fashioned potato salad to one of my favorite sandwich ideas.
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You will need: large mixing bowl with lid, medium size mixing bowl, spoon, knife, egg slicer

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Old Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 8-10

Ingredients for Old Fashioned Potato Salad

  • 8 medium cooked potatoes cubed
  • 3 hard boiled eggs peeled and diced
  • 1 Kosher dill spear pickle diced
  • 1/8 cup pickle juice
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1/4 cup sweet relish
  • ground black pepper
  • paprika
  • 1/4 cup celery diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil potatoes until tender but not mushy. We have used several kinds of potatoes, but Russet mainly. Drain and let cool. You can even cook the potatoes the night before you make this and put them in the refrigerator.
  2. Set potatoes aside. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl then add potatoes. You may want to tweak it a bit with more mayonnaise or mustard according to your taste. Season with pepper and sprinkle paprika on top for color. Cover and store in refrigerator overnight for best flavor. Serve cold.
  3. *Note: You can keep some aside and add meat for those who prefer it in their salads.
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    • Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      jill of alltrades I hope you get a chance to try these, especially since summer holidays are just around the corner. I'd make them in advance though to see what needs tweaking to taste.

    • jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines

      I love both salads! Like you, I just mix my own without writing down the recipe. I'll probably try yours one of these days. Thanks for sharing.

    • anonymous 2 years ago

      Potato ! :D

    • EmmaGraceEllis LM 2 years ago

      I have to go with potato salad :-)

    • Arod17 4 years ago

      Potato Salad is so GOOD!!!

    • Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Potato salad is so yummy!

    • ologsinquito2 4 years ago

      Potato salad, no contest.

    • JamieHopes LM 4 years ago

      I love pasta mostly but this sure looks delicious

    • Jack2205 4 years ago

      I like potato salad better.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      my potato salad is similar....but i add diced cucumbers

    • Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I have to confess that I love both.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Definitely potato salad

    • WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I prefer potato.

    • L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Potato salad please!

    It's macaroni salad for me.

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      • Fay Favored 23 months ago from USA

        Never had it like that. Having a 100% German grandfather you would have thought might have.

      • Aladdins Cave 23 months ago from Melbourne, Australia

        YUM YUM YUM

        But you left out the 2 of the most important things !

        1) The type of potato. Very important

        2) MEAT :) hehehe

        sorry, being cheeky.

        But in Germany, they love it with some type of Salami pcs.

        I also love my Spud Salad plain. Just boiled and onions. Nothing else

        Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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          Fay Favored 23 months ago from USA

          Aladdins Cave I never even thought about the type of potato - people make it with all sorts. As for meat, Salami, really? Asked hubby. You're right, he said it would be good. Maybe he'll try it in his.

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          Aladdins Cave 23 months ago from Melbourne, Australia

          A big OOOOOPPPPPS

          I did all my comments above, mmmm very stupid of me.

          Great recipe and thank you

          Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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          Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

          @anonymous: Seems parents always make it the best don't they?

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          anonymous 2 years ago

          My father makes the yummiest Potato salad! :)

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          Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

          @Nancy Hardin: Mom used celery & onions in hers, but hubby doesn't like them in ours. I also use dill pickles with relish. There are so many good recipes for this salad I like trying them.

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          Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

          Yep, sure do have a family potato salad.It's similar to yours, except we don't use the relish in ours. We chop celery, onion, bell pepper and dill pickle and include that, and we use the mayonnaise and mustard and pickle juice. My Mom made it, and I've tweaked it a bit (she didn't use the pickle juice or pickles) and now it's a "can't fail" side dish everybody loves. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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          Ibidii 2 years ago

          Awesome lens favored1 - We love potato salad! I made a lens of my Dad's potato salad. When my brother was allergic to eggs, Mom made a macaroni salad for him with out eggs or mayonnaise. I got used to it when I was a child. It was good. Here is the link to my Dad's potato recipe including other family recipes: http://www.squidoo.com/spanish-rice-recipe-cinco-d...

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          Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

          @tazzytamar: Didn't get to make mine this holiday due to time restraints, but I love this recipe.

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          Anna 2 years ago from chichester

          I adore potato salad! So tasty and always perfect at barbecues and summer dinners. This recipe looks scrumptious!

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          EmmaGraceEllis LM 2 years ago

          nom nom nom yummy

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          LornsA178 4 years ago

          I like old fashioned potato salad, it is simple and taste good. I also like macaroni salad as well. I could not choose between the two, I like them both.

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          Camden1 4 years ago

          Sounds yummy - I didn't know the trick about adding pickle juice to potato salad!

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          L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

          Your potato salad is almost exactly like mine, only sometimes I add some finely chopped radishes for an extra kick! The rest is the same tho..and with summer coming on I know I will eating a lot of it.

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