Mama's Potato Salad Recipe
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Mama's Potato Salad Recipe

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This old-fashioned potato salad recipe doesn't have many ingredients, so it isn't as colorful as many that you find nowadays. But Mama made it the way her mother did, and that's the way I still make it today. Try it and see if it isn't one of the best-tasting potato salads you have ever eaten! —Sandra Anderson, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 to 3-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 10 medium)
  • 6 hard-cooked eggs
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Additional hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • Paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 231 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 323 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large kettle, cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and cool. Peel potatoes; cut into chunks. Separate egg yolks from whites. Set yolks aside. Chop whites and add to potatoes with onion.
  2. In a small bowl, mash yolks. Stir in mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over potatoes; toss well. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Spoon into a serving bowl. Garnish with egg slices and paprika. Chill until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Mama's Potato Salad in Reminisce July/August 1992, p33

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Reviewed May. 26, 2016

"I don't like the taste of evaporated milk, I use cream. The rest is the same. Delish!!"

Reviewed May. 26, 2016

"Fantastic! Very similar to what my mom made when I was a kid. Made it last night, and will make it again. Thank you!"

Reviewed May. 25, 2016

"I haven't tried it yet but I have never heard of evaporated milk added so it would fun to try"

Reviewed May. 25, 2016 Edited May. 26, 2016

"I made a test run of this recipe and my family decided it would be the one we use for the holiday. It is very good."

Reviewed May. 25, 2016

"This is the first time I have ever seen a recipe where the yolks are beaten into the dressing. Very good. I did put sweet pickles in it though, just a few."

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