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Super quick potato salad for two

Updated on October 23, 2014
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A long-time whole grain baker, Kathryn discovered the thrill and ease of cooking with whole, fresh foods decades ago. Still chopping!

Homemade organic potato salad for two in just fifteen minutes from scratch!

That's right! You can throw this simple, old-fashioned potato salad together in fifteen minutes.

Its delightful combination of still warm potatoes and crunchy cold vegetables is just like my mom used to make on a summer eve. Satisfies the palate and the tummy.

Don't expect leftovers! Part of what makes it so quick is that it's just enough for two.

Later on this page, I include all the ingredients you need to store in your pantry and refrigerator to ensure you can whip this easy potato salad up any time you have a hankering for it.

Take a quick poll

How do you like your potato salad dressed?

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How do you like your potato salad dressed?

Tangy-sweet or sour cream and mustard? If it's potato salad, I love it, however it is dressed.

I was raised on potato salad swimming just a bit in a tangy-sweet milky/mayo dressing, but lots of folks prefer a thicker sour-cream dressing. Some like theirs with mustard.

What do you prefer?

Norpro 10446 3-Piece Stainless Steel Grip Bowls with Lids
Norpro 10446 3-Piece Stainless Steel Grip Bowls with Lids

This is the set I have, and I love it because it has the bowls are deep, have non-stick bottoms and sealable lids.


To make this salad fast, start with a BIG bowl

One reason I can whip this salad up in 15 minutes: I use oversized bowls for everything so I don't have to slow down and worry about spills.

With a handy, deep set like this one, you can throw almost any dish together fast.

But I have one more bowl trick up my sleeve, and that is a 7-quart stainless steel bowl. I can get wild fast tossing a salad together in that because it's so big.

Potato salad for two packed in a stainless steel LunchBot, all ready to go
Potato salad for two packed in a stainless steel LunchBot, all ready to go | Source

Fifteen Minute Potato Salad Recipe for Two

For an impromptu picnic, or whenever you get a hankering for good old-fashioned potato salad, and your mom's not around, try this recipe.

Optionally, add texture with finely chopped curly kale, change it up with a sprinkling of fresh dill, or pair with this delicious Kale, Carrot and Avocado Salad from Whole Foods. It's so good!

I make this salad with all organic ingredients because organic growing methods are better for the soil, better for our air and water supplies, better for the plants and other creatures, and most importantly, better for the farmhands working in them.

What's more, the trace minerals and good soil bacteria available in organic fields may be healthier for us than food from pesticide-ridden, and quite often genetically modified conventional farming methods.

Cast your vote for Super quick and easy organic potato salad for two

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 15

Serves: 2


  • 15 -16 ounces potatoes - Any small firm potatoes will do
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/2 bunch green onions
  • 1 large red radish
  • 1 T Woodstock Farms organic sweet relish
  • 1 hard-boiled egg diced - optional
  • Uber quick dressing (recipe follows)


  1. Set 3 C water to boiling in a large saucepan.
  2. While the water is heating, throw all the vegetables into a large mixing bowl and wash under cold, running water. Drain.
  3. If using new potatoes, slice in half; if using larger potatoes, quarter them or cut to large bite-size pieces.
  4. When water is boiling, add the salt and slowly add the potatoes, so boiling does not stop. I use a large slotted spoon and gently lower them into the water, careful not to splash.
  5. While the potatoes boil, chop the onion and celery, thinly slice the radishes and mix the dressing. Set vegetables and dressing aside.
  6. When potatoes are fork-tender but not mushy, remove from heat, drain (I drain into my 4-quart Pyrex measuring cup and save the nutrient-rich liquid for soups or cooking rice).
  7. Rinse gently and quickly under tap water to cool them just a bit, not more than 5-10 seconds.
  8. Pour potatoes into a mixing bowl, add veggies, relish and dressing, mix quickly, crumble the egg, if using, on top and serve while still warm. Alternatively, drop the salad into a LunchBot like the one above and pack for an impromptu picnic.

Speedy tip

To reduce prep time, wash vegetables before storage; then they'll need only a quick rinse and scrub on cooking day.

Add this uber quick dressing

This dressing takes only seconds to mix and is just right for potato salad for two.

Cook time: 1 min
Ready in: 1 min
Yields: 2


  • 2 T organic milk
  • 1/4 C Spectrum organic mayonnaise
  • 2 t organic raw or turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • Grind pepper to taste
  • 1 -1/2 t 365 Organic Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Combine all ingredients and whisk till smooth, ten to twenty seconds.
  2. Pour over potato salad.

Make this potato salad ahead

The flavors mingle and deepen when the salad is refrigerated for a few hours. I've made it ahead as much as 48 hours, but it rarely lasts that long at our house.

Tote your picnic salad in a leach-free stainless steel LunchBot

Safe, portable and lightweight, LunchBots make handy picnic food carriers.

We are working to eliminate plastic from our household for lots of reasons. One of those is safety. We want to tote our food in non-leaching containers.

We tried glass, but the weight, coupled with the risk of breakage proved a stumbling block. Then I discovered LunchBots. I've looked at lots of stainless options, and LunchBots meet our needs best. They're lightweight, hold a lot more than you'd think by their size, are leach-free, lead-free food-grade stainless steel.

A big plus is that LunchBots claims the Chinese workers who manufacture their products are unionized (That's more than we can say for many Americans today!) and enjoy excellent working conditions.

I'd like to see some Fair Trade certification around that to be sure, but I'm glad to know the company is aware of the concern.

LunchBots Eco Stainless Steel Food Container, Green
LunchBots Eco Stainless Steel Food Container, Green

This is the bot I toss my potato salad into for quick picnic suppers. It holds just enough for two generous servings and is compact enough to fit neatly into a picnic tote or basket. Plus, it's dishwasher safe (top rack). When it's not going on a picnic, we use it for lunches--holds a large sandwich, a tossed salad, fruit, chips.


Keep these items in your pantry and fridge

So you're always ready for an impromptu picnic, or just because you're hungry for potato salad, keep your pantry and fridge stocked with these items, and you've got tater salad, as my dad always called it, in less than twenty minutes.

  1. Fresh potatoes, small new potatoes are easiest because they require the least amount of prep time
  2. Celery (substitute baby bok choy ribs in a pinch for similar crunch)
  3. Onion, green onions or red are prettiest, but any onion will do
  4. Radishes (substitute grated carrot or diced red or orange bell pepper)
  5. Boiled egg (optional)
  6. Curly kale (optional)
  7. Mayonnaise
  8. Sweet pickle relish
  9. Milk or cream (substitute yogurt or whey)
  10. Apple cider vinegar
  11. Raw sugar (substitute agave nectar, which mixes in quickly, unlike honey)

Thank you

Thank you for stopping by. I'd love to hear what memories potato salad conjures for you, and if you try this recipe, let me know how it turns out and how you tweaked it. We all tweak recipes, right? I seldom follow every step exactly. Do you?

© 2011 Kathryn Grace

To me, potato salad means picnics and big family gatherings - What springs to mind when you think potato salad?

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my, @Scarlett. I don't think anyone should do anything they don't want to, unless they absolutely have to, but thanks so much for taking a look at this recipe. And thanks, too, for weighing in on the mustard/mayo/sour cream debate.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I rarely make potato salad but I should. I love it (with mustard!).

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Vickie Moses: Thank you. May your holidays be ever blessed.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Johanna Eisler: All of that sounds so good. I almost want to go out and get some lime jello for the carrot salad. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing some of your memories.

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      Vickie Moses 3 years ago

      I think about the good times I had with my family during the holidays. Nice potato salad recipe!

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      Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

      My mom's potato salad was the best. I make it the same way, and it brings back memories of countless family dinners, served with Dad's barbecued chicken, Mom's carrot/jello salad, pickles, olives, and ice-cold lemonade. Ah, the memories! :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @thegembank: You're welcome.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @katiesnow: Great! Do return and let me know how it worked for you, won't you please?

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @TerriCarr: Thank you for taking the time to respond so thoughtfully to this recipe. I really appreciate that. Yes, I always need to balance protein and carbs or I get sugar overload.

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      thegembank 3 years ago

      Not just easy but quick to prepare. And I just love potato. Thanks for this one.

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      katiesnow 3 years ago

      great recipe! I'm going to try it this week!

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I also love the combination of a heavy cooked vegetable with crisp, crunchy veggies. I don't know if I have EVER made potato salad in my life. I think it is a kind of prejudice from over exposure to potatoes as a kid. And yes, I grew up in an Irish family. Time to discard that hangup and enjoy some homemade potato salad. I like that your recipe is already aimed at 2 servings. And I like that it has a little egg in it to balance some of the carbs.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @smine27: And wonderful take-along for a traveler like yourself. Thank you for taking a look.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What is it about potato salads that are so comforting to the soul? I love this quick potato salad recipe. Perfect when I'm short on time.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @CampingmanNW: Well, my daughter for one. She can't bear anything with "slimy stuff like mayonnaise and sour cream." But I'm with you all the way, and you're most welcome.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @puppy-love: You're welcome!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Who doesn't love a good potato salad for camping, for picnics, for backyard BBQ's and just about any old time? Thanks for the recipe.

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      puppy-love 4 years ago

      Thanks, this looks great!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Brite-Ideas: Thank you. Happy picnicking!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @junecampbell: Oh yes, I can feel the grease on my fingers now. I would eat chicken again if I could have my grandmother's hand-raised chicken. Boy, that was tasty.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @VioletteRose LM: You're welcome.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Susan Zutautas: Ah yes. Looking forward to a few of those myself. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Potato salad to me conjures up memories of nice hot summer days.

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      VioletteRose LM 4 years ago

      Potatoes with radishes sounds great, thank you for sharing!

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Summer time means potato salad with roast chicken. It was a family tradition.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I'm adding this recipe to my collection - wonderful page too!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @SusanDeppner: Susan, thank you so much. It's always such a pleasure to see that little girl face on my pages.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have a potato salad recipe that my husband loves, but I wouldn't turn down any variation. I love potatoes and love combining them with crunchy vegetables the way you did. Your recipe sounds so good!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @Merrci: That's one reason I decided to make only enough for the two of us now and then. Otherwise, I eat way too much of it. Thank you for visiting this page.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @CherylsArt: I could go for that. I'll take potato salad just about any way I can get it. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Yum is what comes to my mind! Now I am hungry, Graceonline! This looks so good. Love the variety of ingredients. i don't have it often, but I do love homemade potato salad!

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I like my potato salad pretty basic. Eggs, Potatoes, Mayo, salt and pepper and some garlic powder. Yum.

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the simple potato salad recipe.

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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

      Love this recipe! Can't wait to try it! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @microfarmproject: Mmmm. We love warm German potato salad at our house. A real treat with bacon, for the meat eaters in the family.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @peggygallyot: That sounds really good to me too!

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      My grandma made her potato salad much like yours with the tangy dressing and it's how I usually toss it together here at home. Thanks for the memories and tasty potato salad tidbits!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I've always enjoyed potato salad. Thank you for showing an easy recipe. Yum.

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      thegreeneredge 5 years ago

      So I STILL haven't managed to make this yet! But its the beginning of summer, so plenty of time! Love it!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I love to make warm German potato salad with vinegar and bacon. I am looking forward to trying your recipe, too!

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      @ecogranny: Oh, I forgot another yummy word: chakalaka! It is an absolute must at any braai.

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      @ecogranny: Cool! 'Braai' is the South African and Namibian version of BBQ! My family, a fusion of South Africa and Namibia, 'braai' every Saturday.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @SoniaCarew: Thanks! You made my day with the new-to-me word "braais." I had to look it up.

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I like to add some parsley and canned tuna to the salad.

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      BBQ! We, Namibians, love our 'braais',... and a 'braai' is not a 'braai' without potato salad.

      So gonna try these recipes! Thanks a mil!

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      fifta 5 years ago

      This looks so yummy and quick. I'll try it for sure.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Great recipe page!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I don't really use the same recipes for my salad, I will just use whatever available and what I like. Thanks for the recipe.

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      MariaDSk 5 years ago

      Sounds really nice! Will give it a try soon.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Look so yummy, thanks for sharing!

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Oh yum, family parties. I love potato salad.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      My mom's homemade potato salad...

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Love it! Also relish/pickles and mayo are two acceptable processed foods to use in any potato salad. :)

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      It looks easy to make it so I'll try. Usually I eat potato salad with roast meat, schnitzel and so on...

      Thanks for a easy recipe.... with time constraints in my life now, I collect easy to make recipes.

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      SiochainGraSonas 5 years ago

      Picnics, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Barbques, Family Reunions. Summer time gatherings. Family and Friends. Lots of great memories. Wonderful Lens!

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      I can't wait to make your super quick potato salad for two. My husband is wild about potato salad, and he and I make two. Perfect!! thank you. blessed.

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      heehaw lm 5 years ago

      looking forward of trying to make potato salad. i have not tasted it yet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Kathryn, I just had to run back here to celebrate with your super quick potato salad for two getting front page honors, congratulations....angel smiles!

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      There is just something special about summer and potato salad... I like the idea of adding hot dog relish to it! Must give this a try!

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I have been looking for an easy potato salad recipe and here it is. Thabks so much for sharing.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you! I'd love to hear how it turned out, especially if you tweaked it somehow.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to print out your delicious recipe. How I love potato salad! I am overdue for a picnic and this will be the centerpiece of my outing. Thank you!

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      renagirl 6 years ago

      l love potato salad

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      TransplantedSoul 6 years ago

      Potato sald is a summer thing for sure - great in winter too, but the memories are summer!

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      I think of my mom when I eat potato salad.. she made the best ever.

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      seanjennin 6 years ago

      good lense...

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      We grew up always having a huge vegetable garden so potato salad was a large part of our summer dining. Loved it ;)

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      Blessed by a squid angel;)

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Potato salad reminds me of summertime family reunions, picnics, and church potluck meals. Your recipe will be delicious. Thanks for sharing it. :-)

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      Deltachord 6 years ago

      I like the way you put this lens together and the personal style.

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      Deltachord 6 years ago

      Hi Grace,

      I like the way you put this lens together and the personal style.

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I think of my sister and her totally delicious potato salad. I'll try this one and see if I can make a potato salad that is different but just as good as hers. Blessed.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Potato salad makes me think of summer camp. I remember the cook there made the BEST tater salad. And thanks for this idea. I just bought a bunch of potatoes at the farmers market this past weekend. I knew I wanted to make breakfast potatoes, but I have way more than I need for that and hadn't even thought about potato salad until now. THAT's what I'll do with the rest.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My potato salad is usually made with mayo and chives, picked fresh from outside my back door - but I must try your recipe :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Its not a picnic without potato salad, I've never had it served warm but that does sound like a whole new yummy taste experience.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Potato salad sitting next to a cold, crispy relish tray of pickles, olives, radishes... with salty chips and pretzels near the cooler full of icy cold soda pop... and on one side of the summer table are the men standing around the grill flipping burgers and hotdogs and talking about their favorite ball teams, while the women talk and dish up food for everyone and kids run around yelling and laughing. That's where potato salad takes me!

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      I love a quick-meal...well-presented recipe lens!

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      @jlshernandez: I'd be interested to know how it turns out with whatever you substitute for milk in the dressing.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      @KathyMcGraw2: Thank you!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Potato salad reminds me of barbeques and picnics. I personally have not made a potato salad but I have roasted, baked, mashed them. With my head bowed down, I must admit I had been buying the ready-made ones in the supermarket once in a while.

      Now, I will attempt to make potato salad from scratch as shown by your recipe, except I cannot take milk as I am lactose-intolerant. Thanks for this lens.

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I love potato salad and it is also a tradition in our family for some of the major holidays. I like the idea of your two person potato salad, and how you explained everything. Blessed by an Angel :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Simple recipes are the best...and I'm feeling hungry again.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I will try this recipe. It is a bit different from the recipe I know.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      @SusannaDuffy: I drop mine into boiling water to lock in the starches. It's an old Adele Davis trick. She was a controversial nutritionist in the 70s.

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I always place my potatoes in cold water and bring to the boil- I don't boil the water first. Don 't know if it makes any difference, it's just habit. And I never add salt to the water, I like the taste of the potatoes

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I love potatoes salad! Not only for picnic but at home too. I like mine still a little warm

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      JS0425 LM 6 years ago

      I am going to try the recipe, and I am not just saying that to be nice. I have been looking for something small like this that I can take to school, and not have to eat a sandwich. Thanks for the recipe!