Mom’s Best Potato Salad

Published on May 18, 2014
Updated on Nov 27, 2018

Moms Best Potato Salad // Tried and Tasty

Moms Best Potato Salad // If you're looking for a good old fashioned potato salad recipe, look no more. This is THE recipe for you! It's perfect for any BBQ, picnic, or gathering for any reason. I've loved growing up with this recipe and I'm happy to share it with all of you! | Tried and TastyIf you follow me on IG or saw my recent post on FB you’ve seen that my parents recently moved. It’s been a tough adjustment. I’ve never been in a state separate from my parents and even though I’m a grown up, it’s still a tough pill to swallow. I know. I know. Now I’ll have a great place to visit. Yeah. Well, that’s not the same as being able to go over for Sunday dinner. Or just randomly call my mom to go shopping with me. Or invite the family over for a spontaneous game night. It’s life. It’ll get easier. I had the pleasure of hosting my parents the week after they sold their house while they were in transition for the big move. It was amazing. So many great memories were made. One of my favorites was being in the kitchen with my mom. Best thing we made? Mom’s Best Potato Salad!

Moms Best Potato Salad // If you're looking for a good old fashioned potato salad recipe, look no more. This is THE recipe for you! It's perfect for any BBQ, picnic, or gathering for any reason. I've loved growing up with this recipe and I'm happy to share it with all of you!
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I love potato salad. Better yet I love my MOM’s potato salad. Get outta here with that store bought stuff. I won’t touch that with a ten foot pole (my grandmother used to always use that phrase!)! There’s just something about moms that is just, well, perfect. So I had her give me her tips and tricks so that I’ll be able to make it *hopefully* just like her. I’ve still got a little bit to work on, but I came pretty darn close! This screams summertime to me. Can’t wait BBQ’s, picnics and more potato salad!

Moms Best Potato Salad // If you're looking for a good old fashioned potato salad recipe, look no more. This is THE recipe for you! It's perfect for any BBQ, picnic, or gathering for any reason. I've loved growing up with this recipe and I'm happy to share it with all of you! | Tried and TastyI used my favorite method to boil the eggs, if you haven’t tried it you have got to try these Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs. Work like a charm every single time. 

Moms Best Potato Salad // If you're looking for a good old fashioned potato salad recipe, look no more. This is THE recipe for you! It's perfect for any BBQ, picnic, or gathering for any reason. I've loved growing up with this recipe and I'm happy to share it with all of you! | Tried and TastyMoms Best Potato Salad // If you're looking for a good old fashioned potato salad recipe, look no more. This is THE recipe for you! It's perfect for any BBQ, picnic, or gathering for any reason. I've loved growing up with this recipe and I'm happy to share it with all of you! | Tried and Tasty

Mom's Best Potato Salad

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potato Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 173 kcal
Author: Yvonne

If you're looking for a good old fashioned potato salad recipe, look no more - here is Mom's Best Potato Salad!  This is THE recipe for you! It's perfect for any BBQ, picnic, or gathering for any reason. I've loved growing up with this recipe and I'm happy to share it with all of you!

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Ingredients

  • 1 5lb bag russet potatoes, washed
  • 1 1/2 c. mayo
  • 1/2 c. miracle whip
  • 1/2 c. relish sweet or dill to preference
  • 1/2 white onion finely diced
  • 1 c. celery finely diced
  • 8 boiled eggs diced
  • 1 tbsp. pimentos
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot, boil potatoes with skin 30-40 minutes until tender.

  2. Remove from heat and drain water. Cool enough to be able to handle. Peel and remove skin. Cut in to 1" cubes; set aside.

  3. In a small saucepan sauté onion & celery; cool.

  4. Add mayo, miracle whip, relish, eggs, pimentos & onion/celery mix. Adjust mayo to desired consistency. Salt to taste. Sprinkle with just a touch of paprika (just because it looks pretty)!

  5.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

This serves a lot of people. If you only need to serve a small family, half the recipe.
The combination of miracle whip and real mayo provides the perfect balance of a little bit of sweet and a little bit of tangy. If you don't have both, it's fine. It just tastes better with both!
You don't have to cook the onion and celery beforehand, but that's what separates my mom's best potato salad from the rest. I don't like biting in to uncooked onion or celery and I learned that's why I love her potato salad so much, because I don't have to!
If your potatoes are too warm when it's time to add the rest of your ingredients you'll want to wait. Refrigerate the potatoes until they've cooled enough to stay firm. Otherwise, if you mix everything together while the potatoes are still hot you will end up with mashed potatoes.

Adapted from My Mom

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Best Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Potassium 115mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 comments about “Mom’s Best Potato Salad

  1. Jan

    Just saw your recipe for your Mom’s potato salad, and it’s very much like the one my Mom made – including the Miracle Whip! Isn’t it the tastiest ever? I know I’m spoiled for the commercial salads as none of them even comes close. Thanks for sharing the yumminess!

  2. Martha

    This potato salad is excellent it was hit with my family on Memorial Day. This my second time making it.

  3. Karyn

    I use mayo and sweet pickle relish with a little yellow mustard otherwise I make just the same it is my mama’s recipe ::)

    1. Yvonne

      You can, however, this is one of the reason’s my mom’s recipe is the best :) She said by leaving the skins on you get a better flavor! But certainly, you can peel them first.

  4. karen talley

    My recipe for potato salad is almost identical to yours except that I always add a little spicy brown mustard. It makes a pretty yellow color and adds just a little tang that everyone seems to love. When I go to summer cookouts, I’m always asked to bring the potato salad.

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