Potato Salad

Potato Salad

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This old-fashioned Potato Salad recipe has been in our family for many years. I remember helping my mom make it when I was a girl, and I still enjoy making it every spring for picnics or family gatherings.

Spring or Summer Picnic Ideas

This recipe will serve 6-8, but if you need to feed a larger crowd, simply double or triple the ingredients (as you’ll see I’ve done from some of these prep pictures)!

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Potato Salad

  • medium red potatoes
  • large eggs
  • sweet pickles and juice
  • sweet relish
  • minced red onion
  • whipped salad dressing (like Miracle Whip)
  • Dijon mustard
  • kosher salt
  • celery seed
  • freshly ground black pepper

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare your Ingredients

Partially peel and dice red potatoes. Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan, with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low heat and continuing to cook until potatoes are just tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain in a colander.

Red potatoes work well for this dish as they don’t have as much starch in them. I also like to leave some of the peel on them for color. Cook until they are just slightly fork tender, not mushy. They will break down further as you mix them with the other ingredients.

Boiled Eggs for this Salad

Place large eggs in a small saucepan, covering with cold water. Bring to a boil. Cover saucepan with lid and turn off heat. Let set for 12-14 minutes. Drain water and place eggs in ice water. Allow to cool for 7-10 minutes. Crack and remove the shell from eggs. Dice eggs into small pieces and place in a prep bowl.

Bringing the eggs to a boil from cold water,  allowing them to set for 10-12 minutes, and then submerging them in ice water is key for easy peeling. There is nothing more aggravating then eggs that don’t want to peel. This method works about 99% of the time for me.

Using a cutting board and sharp knife, chop the sweet pickles into small chunks. Place in another prep bowl. Mince the red onion.

 

Assembling the Potato Salad

Ingredients for this Salad Recipe

In a large bowl, combine the boiled potatoes, diced eggs, chopped sweet pickles, sweet relish, and minced onion.

I like to use a combination of chopped sweet pickles and relish for this recipe, along with a splash or two or three of the sweet pickle juice. This really seems to give the salad an extra punch of tang that we really love. I’ve also been known to use the spices from the sweet pickles (Famous Dave’s Signature Spicy Pickle Spears), which adds even more tang and zest to the salad.

In a glass measuring cup, combine the whipped salad dressing, Dijon mustard, kosher salt, celery seed, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well with a wire whisk.

If you don’t have Dijon mustard, you may use golden, honey, or even whole mustard. But I like Dijon the best.

Pour the dressing over the potato mixture and carefully fold in to mix with a long-handled wooden spoon. Add in 3-4 tablespoons of pickle juice for an extra pop of tang.

Serving this Salad

Taste the salad and add more salad dressing, mustard, seasonings or juice as desired.

My grandma and mom taught me to taste the Potato Salad when you were done mixing the ingredients together. Then depending on your preference, add more salad dressing, mustard, or seasonings, if necessary. This is a good practice for anything you make in the kitchen!

Place in a pretty serving bowl or dish. Cover and chill for several hours before serving. Serves 6-8 people.

If serving at a picnic, be sure to keep the salad in a cold cooler before and after the dinner to keep it from spoiling.

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This salad goes well with Yummy Baked Beans, Grandma’s Coleslaw, or any Picnic Foods.

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Recipe for Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Here's a recipe we like for summer picnics or family gatherings. Goes well with Baked Beans and Deviled Eggs.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue, Boiled Eggs, Picnics, Potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Refrigerate:: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Cuisinart Cookware
Stainless Colander
Egg Slicer
Wooden Spoon

Ingredients

  • 6 medium red potatoes cubed with partial skin left on
  • 6 large eggs boiled, peeled, and diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickles and pickle juice chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet relish
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup whipped salad dressing like Miracle Whip
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Partially peel and dice red potatoes. Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan, with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low heat and continuing to cook until potatoes are just tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain in a colander.
    Red potatoes work well for this dish as they don't have as much starch in them. I also like to leave some of the peel on them for color. Cook until they are just slightly fork tender, not mushy. They will break down further as you mix them with the other ingredients.
  • Place large eggs in a small saucepan, covering with cold water. Bring to a boil. Cover saucepan with lid and turn off heat. Let set for 12-14 minutes. Drain water and place eggs in ice water. Allow to cool for 7-10 minutes. Crack and remove the shell from eggs. Dice eggs into small pieces and place in a prep bowl. 
    Bringing the eggs to a boil from cold water,  allowing them to set for 10-12 minutes, and then submerging them in ice water is key for easy peeling. There is nothing more aggravating then eggs that don't want to peel. This method works about 99% of the time for me.
  • Using a cutting board and sharp knife, chop the sweet pickles into small chunks. Place in another prep bowl. Mince the red onion. 

Assembling the Potato Salad

  • In a large bowl, combine the boiled potatoes, diced eggs, chopped sweet pickles, sweet relish, and minced onion. 
  • In a glass measuring cup, combine the whipped salad dressing, Dijon mustard, kosher salt, celery seed, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well with a wire whisk.
  • Pour the dressing over the potato mixture and carefully fold in to mix with a long-handled wooden spoon. Add in 3-4 tablespoons of pickle juice for an extra pop of tang.
  • Taste the salad and add more salad dressing, mustard, seasonings, or juice as desired. Cover and chill for several hours before serving. Serves 6-8 people.
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