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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
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 Apr. 8, 2016

"Is this a universal recipe? My mother and grandmother made it this way. Occasionally would add some chopped green or red pepper."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2015

"Just like my family has made for as long as I can remember"

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"I made this potatoe salad today and it was great! Everyone loved it. Thanks"

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"Very good but l just couldn't put all that sugar in. I made 11/2 times the recipe with 2 times the dressing. I put in some chopped chives for colour. I put in 1 tbsp of sugar. Janet. FE"

Reviewed May. 15, 2015

"This was how my Gram made hers - and in 33 years I have yet to find one that compares. Thank you for posting this!"

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