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Contest-Winning Old-Fashioned Potato Salad

We live at the edge of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, where there are lots of small farms. Country markets are plentiful here, so potatoes are a staple.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender; drain. Place in a large bowl; add eggs, celery and onions.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over potato mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

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  • kmpatch
    Jul 8, 2020

    Too much sugar, not enough mustard, and too runny. Sour cream was good. I added bacon, which helped offset the sweetness. I thought the potatoes would soak up more of the dressing, but even the next day there was a lot pooled in the container. I could make adjustments to make it more to my liking, but will probably find a different recipe.

  • Armstras07
    Dec 23, 2019

    Wasn't sure at first how sour cream would work in potato salad but it was really good.

  • 30yearcook
    Jun 14, 2019

    I'm an old southern woman and this is hands down, the best recipe ever! The only change I made was adding a little dill weed. Perfect.

  • marlenejon
    May 29, 2018


  • Phil413
    Apr 22, 2018

    Delicious!!!!!!!! I substituted sweet pickle relish instead of vinegar. This recipe is a winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Charity and Faith
    Feb 14, 2018

    Great potato salad! This recipe reminds me a lot of the potato salad I get at McAlister's. Has a nice crunch, and is slightly tangy. 2/14/18

  • Lynne
    Sep 5, 2017

    Excellent recipe as is and deserving of blue ribbon. It is a good basic recipe that can serve as a platform for individual taste tweaks. This is almost the recipe I grew up with, in fact I like this one a tad bit more. The texture is creamy AND crunchy which to me is essential.

  • Alliea
    Sep 5, 2017

    Delicious. We like the combination of the Sour Cream and Mayonnaise. I sometimes increase the egg and add chopped Green or Red peppers. A keeper!

  • mamamarie
    Apr 30, 2017

    This was good. I eliminated the sugar and the sour cream. Had someone who was lactose intolerant here for dinner. It still tasted good. Will make again the same way. Thanks for the recipe.

  • eldie1959
    Jan 26, 2017

    Found this recipe when I had a luncheon day after New Years and I was serving ham sandwiches leftover from baked ham. Delicious. Could have eaten it all myself. Didn't have sour cream on hand so used all mayonnaise. Came out fine. Nice combination of tart and sweet seasonings. Went very well with ham sandwiches.