Sunday, March 24, 2013

Old Time Mayo Potato Salad

Every family has a recipe for potato salad and people have very strong opinions about their potato salad.  Some are dyed in the wool "mustard" type, while others are clearly mayonnaise potato salad lovers.  And then there are those who like German or gourmet types like Mediterranean   garlic and hummus; blue cheese and capers or curry potato salad.  Me... I love the old fashioned mayo and pickles.  I love the taste the celery salt gives this dish. Like my grandma and mom before me,  I have been making this version for over 30 years and it always hits the spot for us! 

 Old Time Potato Salad
  • 5 pounds small Russet potatoes
  • 7 large eggs, hard-boiled & ( 6 peeled & diced / 1 qtrd for garnish)
  • 4 celery stalks,chopped fine
  • 1 cup diced sweet midget pickles (sweet Gherkin from Heifetz, if you can find them)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons pickle relish
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp of celery salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Mayo 
  • 1/4 cup prepared  yellow mustard 
  • 1 medium onion diced ( I like to use red)
  • Finely ground kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
  •  paprika for garnish


  1. Boil the potatoes, skin on, for about 20 minutes or until a sharp knife easily pierces them easily. Drain the potatoes and cool until cool enough to peel them 
  2. Hard boil your eggs 1 minutes turn off heat and let set 15 minutes then soak in cold water till ready to peel. 
  3. Dice potatoes in bite size chunks and add all other ingredients except paprika and garnish egg. Stir well, make sure everything is coated. Should not look dry, so if you want an extra spoon of mayo or relish add it.  We like it sweeter, so I usually add a bit more sugar.  IF you don't like sweet don't add extra.  Learn to trust your tasting  instincts......that’s what’s your Grandma did.
  4. Taste it for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly  Let sit at least 4 hours in fridge for flavors to marry. a day ahead let set overnight, cover with plastic wrap or lid and chill. Dust the top with the paprika and quarter the remaining egg for garnish. Serve cold.
Preparation time: 40 minute(s)

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