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American Potato Salad Recipe
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American Potato Salad

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"Just a good old fashioned, down home potato salad recipe that brings back memories of picnics in the park and family gatherings. Wonderful as it is or make it your own by adding additional ingredients of your choice."

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Original recipe makes 12 to 15 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    3 hrs


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain, cool and cut into cubes.
  2. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.
  3. In a large bowl, combine chopped potatoes and eggs. Mix together mayonnaise, chopped onion, green onion, green pepper, and celery. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well. Cover, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 06, 2008

Greetings all! :-) Thank you for trying my recipe, and for your reviews. This is a good, basic recipe and best when made a day ahead to allow the flavors to blend. What fun to read what others have added, mustard, pickles, bacon, radishes, etc. Because everyone’s tastes vary, as mentioned in the description, I encourage you to add "additional ingredients" to make this recipe "your own". Don’t be afraid to experiment, that's what makes cooking fun. When adding bacon or chopped dill pickles, you may want to reduce the salt called for in the recipe. Have Fun and Happy Cooking! Joslyn

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 23, 2003

Makes a large amount of salad (larger than I expected). Simple to make. Could use a bit more something to add flavor but is definitely edible the way it is too!

May 30, 2007

I have three favorite potato salads from this site but decided to try this one to start the 2007 summer. We loved it and made minimal changes. To make this quickly - first start cooking the eggs - then take out the large bowl that you will be using to serve - I peel and dice the potatoes and rinsed them in that bowl to get out starch - put potatoes in cold water and bring to boil - then lower heat to a slow boil and cook approx. 10 to 15 min. Your eggs will probably be finised by then so cool them down with cold water. Then mix all the ingredients for dressing in the bowl - add the chopped eggs and by then your potatoes are probably ready to add. Very little clean up and no waiting time for things to be done - I added a tablespoon of ground mustard to dressing and only used 2 eggs but that is just a preference. I thought this turned out great and it was fast.

Aug 23, 2003

Good, but needed something. I added 2 more eggs and 6 tablespoons of deli mustard and used red onion. Delicious.

Jul 12, 2004

Amazing! I add 2-3 tsp dill, parsley, 2-3 tsp of spicy mustard and an extra egg and paprika for the top. i also mix all the spices and mayo in a small bowl, minimizing the mixing of the potatoes. Great recipe. The inlaws (in sweden) are in love with this and have asked for the recipe! thanks a bunch!!

Sep 20, 2005

Great base recipe. My grandmother used to make a potato salad similar to this and I had a terrible time finding this recipe! I add some dill relish and a little yellow mustard. Some garlic powder sprinkled in at the end, and it was perfect. Thank you, Joslyn, for reminding me what good potato salad tastes like!

Oct 30, 2003

I took it to my Fathers Birthday party and every one loved it and wanted the was a great hit..thanks for sharing itwith everyone.

Aug 23, 2003

This is the perfect recipe. You can leave it the way it is,and it is great, or you can add almost anything you want to it! I added a bit of mustard, and I loved it. Living in Europe, I was seriously lacking some good potato salad, and this recipe hit the spot!


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  • Calories
  • 329 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 103 mg
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 15.9 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 7.4 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 721 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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