Mom's Super Stupendous Potato Salad Recipe
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Mom's Super Stupendous Potato Salad Recipe

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In college, my best friend and I debated whose mom made the best potato salad. Turns out they were almost identical! Even though I've since tweaked our recipe, it still takes me home again. —Ellie Martin Cliffe, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 3 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 6 hard-cooked large eggs, divided
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 281 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 472mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Skewer garlic with a toothpick (to make it easy to find after cooking). Place potatoes, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt and skewered garlic in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain potatoes, reserving garlic; remove skewer and crush garlic.
  2. Meanwhile, chop five eggs. Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, paprika, pepper, garlic and remaining vinegar and salt. Stir in potatoes, chopped eggs, onion and celery. Refrigerate 4 hours or until cold.
  3. Just before serving, slice remaining egg. Top salad with egg; sprinkle with parsley and, if desired, additional paprika. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Mom's Super Stupendous Potato Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2016, p18

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NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 256282
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2016

"I was never a fan of potato salad with mayo ...until now. The addition of sour cream makes it taste much better. We used garlic in a tube instead of a garlic clove (and didn't have to hunt for it!) This recipe contains just about everything I can imagine in a potato salad, except maybe pickles - which wouldn't be hard to add!"

homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 254069
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

"Sorry my family did not like and I took to a picnic and had alot left in bowl to bring home. Will not make again."

themagnificentseven User ID: 1529897 252175
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2016

"Excellent. Just the right amount of zip in the dressing, and the sour cream balances the mayo to make it creamy and delicious. Definitely my new (traditional) potato salad recipe."

pschube User ID: 2658481 250193
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2016

"This is a flavorful, delicious potato salad! The addition of garlic, vinegar, and sour cream makes all the difference. Love it!"

Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 249422
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2016

"Made this over the weekend and loved it! The subtle hint of garlic and vinegar in the dressing, along with the sour cream adds a nice depth of flavor! I used russet potatoes and malt vinegar because that's what I had on hand and used a few more potatoes than called for, so I made a bit more dressing. This will be my "go to" potato salad recipe this summer! Thank you, Ellie Martin Cliffe! Super stupendous!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 248560
Reviewed May. 24, 2016

"Made this for dinner last night, was wonderful! Full of flavor. Make note of the split vinegar & salt, not adding those to the dressing will certainly make for a bland salad."

Drewed User ID: 8866488 248528
Reviewed May. 23, 2016

"This is an awesome potato salad. Sure it is not spicy nor zingy, but potato salad isn't supposed to be. You should be able to taste the potatoes, the celery, the sweet onions. If you want spicy, make salsa. The version we had used low fat sour cream and mayo and it was still good. I would make it again."

Dellast User ID: 4180994 248519
Reviewed May. 23, 2016

"I too found this recipe to be very bland in flavor and I followed the recipe to a T. I would not make it again without some major modifications. Hubby didn't like it either and I wished that I had just made my regular potato salad. Thought that this might be a nice change but it was a big disappointment. Sorry about that."

sswimmomm User ID: 867571 248500
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"We found it to be very bland--Made the salad according to the recipe using quality ingredients (Trader Joe's Organic Mayo and one of Trader Joe's whole grain Dijon mustards, organic red potatoes, Vidalia onion.... ) If I tasted this at a pot luck or picnic it would not be anything I would request the recipe for... will doctor the leftovers with some zing and spices to use up the leftovers...."

itslove User ID: 7071800 248358
Reviewed May. 18, 2016

"I added diced bacon to mine and it is a really great recipe the celery"

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