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Mom's Special Potato Salad Recipe

Mom's Special Potato Salad Recipe

A rich and creamy homemade dressing is the perfect base for the potatoes, celery and onion...and any other ingredients you might want to add to this traditional salad. It's always a hit. —Danielle Brandt, Ruthton, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:18 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Dash salt
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • SALAD:
  • 6 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 10 large)
  • 5 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Pepper to taste, optional


  • 1. In a double boiler or metal bowl over simmering water, constantly whisk the eggs, sugar, vinegar, cream, butter, mustard and salt until mixture reaches 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature. Fold in mayonnaise. Chill until preparing salad.
  • 2. For salad, place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, celery and onion. Add dressing and pepper if desired; stir until blended. Chill until serving. Yield: 18 servings (3/4 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 318 calories, 22g fat (4g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 169mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Mom's Special Potato Salad

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sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 162840
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"This recipe reminds me of my grandma's. It was a bit sweet, so next time I would halve the sugar. I did add hard boiled eggs and used prepared mustard instead of ground. Over all a good old fashioned potato salad recipe."

christycincy User ID: 6445428 102015
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"This took a little more time to make than my usual potato salad since you "cooked" the dressing, but the flavor was so good. Love it!"

Lindalu50 User ID: 6391783 148550
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"My favorite potato salad ever and so easy to make."

mjjc User ID: 621738 94640
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"I made this recipe Sunday & it was an extreme hit. It's not difficult, I did add hard boiled eggs. It's very good, different than any potato salad I have ever tried. Very creamy!! A must try!!!"

Meroe User ID: 369687 67289
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"This is the best potato salad I have ever had in my 79 years! Love, it."

Meroe User ID: 369687 168616
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"This is the best potato salad I have ever had in my 79 years! Love, it."

tigress9 User ID: 120477 148365
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"similar to my mothers recipe--very good"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 148547
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"We loved this! A little on the sweet side and this recipe also makes a lot, but it will go fast. It was pretty easy to make."

ssnzimmermann User ID: 1254005 148209
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2009

"Very Good! Good flavor."

tommypoo User ID: 1263135 162838
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2009

"This was absolutely the best potato salad I've ever had. I have been looking for just the right recipe, and this is it!"

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