Mom's Potato Salad
Here is my mother’s classic homemade potato salad recipe. It has been a family winner for decades and
although it involves a little work it is really worth it.
Main homestyle ingredients:
5 pounds Red Bliss Potatoes
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
2 medium onions, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
½ teaspoon celery seed
½ teaspoon each of salt & pepper to taste
Mayonnaise to taste – not a “lite” version
¼ teaspoon paprika or more for color
First, boil and peel the potatoes. Make sure they are “fork-done” or else they will be too hard – unless
you like your potato salad that way (and some people do.) Mom says don’t let the potatoes cool completely
before mixing them into the salad or else the flavors will not blend as well.
Mix all of the other ingredients except the mayonnaise and paprika in a very large bowl. These are the
eggs, onions, celery, celery seed and salt & pepper. You can leave out a couple of the hard boiled egg yolks to
make this dish slightly more cholesterol-friendly if you like and the dish will still taste good. Then add the
potatoes and mix them all in gently.
I don’t exactly measure the mayonnaise, so here is how you can add it next. Add 3 tablespoons of
mayonnaise and mix it in gently. Keep adding more mayonnaise until the whole thing looks like potato salad.
You will know it when you see it. I leave this up to you because some folks like their potato salad on the dry
side and some like it almost runny with mayo.
Chill the whole thing, and just before you are ready to serve it give it a dusting of paprika for that retro