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My Mom's Good Old Potato Salad Recipe
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My Mom’s Good Old Potato Salad
See how to make a classic potato salad with eggs, sweet pickles, and mayo. See more

My Mom's Good Old Potato Salad

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"I have enjoyed this recipe for years, and now so do my children. The secret to this recipe is the sweet pickles. You can also trade the mayo for salad dressing."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    12 mins

    2 hrs 25 mins


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pan of water and boil over medium-low heat until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain the potatoes, and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  2. Place the eggs in a saucepan of cold water over medium heat, and bring to a full boil. Turn off the heat, cover the pan, and allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for about 15 minutes. Cool the eggs thoroughly under cold running water and shell them. Chop the cooled eggs and place them in a large salad bowl.
  3. Stir the onion, sweet pickles, and mayonnaise into the eggs, and let the mixture chill in the refrigerator at least l/2 hour to blend the flavors. Mix in the chilled chopped potatoes, and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour. Serve cold.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 20, 2010

Almost identical to my mother's recipe. The only differences are using Kosher dill pickles and adding a small amount of mustard. Also, and this is very important, don't peel and chop your potatoes until AFTER they have been cooked and cooled. They will be much more firm and not be mushy.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 19, 2013

This is a good basic recipe. I agree with margiekale, potato salad must have some celery and a bit of mustard. Also, my nephew, who is a professional chef, gave me another suggestion: add a bit of dill weed. It does wonders for your potato salad!

Jul 29, 2010

Very good and I'm not a big fan of potatoe salad. I did add a little musturd and sprinkled paprika on top.

Jun 18, 2009

I would almost say: this is Dutch potato salad at its simplest, but......very tasty.

Aug 12, 2009

Almost like mine, except I use slaw dressing with my mayo, and I add chopped celery, to suit my hubby. I have to make my potato salad at every get together. Yummy good.

May 30, 2011

Almost the exact recipe my Grandma taught my Mom over 50 years ago and then she passed it on to me. The only changes are use approx. 1/2 jar sweet pickles and a small amount of the pickle juice (to taste), add a little chopped celery and salt and pepper to taste. This is the only way my family really likes potato salad and this recipe will be passed on to my kids. Thanks for sharing!

Jul 12, 2010

I hate potato salad but it is one of my husband's favorite summer foods. I was making this recipe as it is gluten free and dairy free (my kids are allergic) and got rave reviews. I ended up trying it and think it is the best potato salad I have ever had, it was so good I had seconds and I HATE potato salad!!! My husband's only suggestion is that maybe sometime I put some olives or pimentos in it for a variation.

Mar 14, 2011

This recipe is just like my mom's, except she adds crumbled bacon. It's absolutely fabulous with the bacon!!


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  • Calories
  • 788 kcal
  • 39%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 71.5 g
  • 23%
  • Cholesterol
  • 253 mg
  • 84%
  • Fat
  • 50.5 g
  • 78%
  • Fiber
  • 7.4 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 14.8 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 806 mg
  • 32%

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

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