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Contest-Winning Old-Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe

Contest-Winning Old-Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe

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. YIELD:6-8 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over potato mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 241 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 273mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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mamamarie User ID: 568814 265350
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6803304 260302
Reviewed 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."

thewyatts4 User ID: 5840451 255092
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2016

"Simple and tasty. Very easy to make for a week night side dish."

abreendre User ID: 1799143 250258
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

"I have been searching for the taste I remember in potato salad. This is it. I used all mayo and no sour cream to make it as close to Mom's as I remembered. It was perfect."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 230234
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2015

"Had to add a few sliced radishes. Wonderful."

Kasha User ID: 179140 227426
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"Good, nice dressing but might be missing a little something, maybe a little more mustard next time,. This might not be the recipes fault as didnt acutally measure the mustard!"

akemmerl9 User ID: 8091698 227133
Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"This is just how my grandmother used to make it, loved it. I changed a few things though--added 3 tablespoons of dill pickle relish, one more tablespoon of prepared mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon of ground mustard for my personal preference."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 225177
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"Very good. I used purple onion instead of green since that's what I had on hand. I also added some garlic powder."

s_pants User ID: 174050 217811
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"Very good potato salad...thought it needed a little something more though. Maybe a bit more sugar, salt and/or pepper."

skp321 User ID: 8110642 215097
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014 Edited Jul. 10, 2015

"Reviewers are right. This is fabulous potato salad. My husband is a potato salad connoisseur and he says this is the best he has ever tried. I used balsamic vinegar because we like the more pronounced sweet, tart, flavor. Once I used all mayonnaise without sour cream when I didn't have any on hand. However, we like it best when made with both of these as the recipe calls for. We like mustard flavor so I added a little extra to taste. Superb!!

I've made this several times now. Have added diced dill pickles and deli mustard with whole seeds, a grated carrot and 1/4 diced red pepper for color. Also frequently add a couple of additional hard boiled eggs. This recipe easily lends itself to adjustments to suit your own tastes."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 79091
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"My husband really loves mustard potato salad, and I searched and found this, not realizing that it only called for 1tsp of mustard. So we followed the recipe, adding a bit more salt and pepper as well as paprika, and then put maybe a half cup, 3/4 cup of mustard. Pretty good, but the cook time on the potatoes is way too long. Keep close on the potatoes while they're boiling.....keep them from getting mushy. I'll make this again."

blhenn User ID: 5747906 73853
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"I really LOVE the dressing for this potato salad! It is for sure NOT the crap that everyone always picks up at the grocery store on the way to a BBQ that no one ever eats! lol. The vinegar and sugar adds a great flavor for sure."

lolohiser User ID: 5362556 41556
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"I like this one the best."

cwhite1211 User ID: 5320713 203608
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"ABSOLUTELY the BEST potato salad I have ever eaten!!"

joef User ID: 5858014 27744
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"I love potato salad and I have tried all kind s and found this one to be the best one I don/t add my mayo sauce till i am ready to serve .that way it stay fresh"

joef User ID: 5858014 76610
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"this is the best potato salad i ever maid i am pickey about potato salad .you will love it"

teenwave User ID: 1093432 41553
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"Fantastic potato salad!!! I added sliced radishes since we like them in the potato salad recipe that I usually make. I took this to our tailgating party at the NASCAR race this weekend and got lots of compliments. I will DEFINATELY make this was quick and very easy."

lillep User ID: 2566525 73850
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010 Edited Dec. 17, 2014

"Usually when I make potao salad it always seems like something is missing. This is the best I have ever made. We all couldn't get enough. My husband raved. Hard to beat his sister's recipe, but with this one I did. Thank you!!!"

centralvacmama User ID: 3711919 52770
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2010

"This is an excellent potato salad as is and also functions well as a base to add your own favorite "extras". I used red potatoes. In the past I've always cooked the potatoes in their jackets, and then peeled. However, this is more time-consuming (in my humble opinion) than peeling and cutting up first as this recipe suggests, so I tried it this way instead. It was much easier and faster, and the potatoes turned out great. I did find I only needed to cook them about 15 minutes once they came to a boil. Out of habit, I used 7 medium red potatoes. I didn't measure but figured this was more than 4 cups of potatoes. So I increased mayonnaise to 1 cup and prepared mustard to 1-1/2 teaspoons. I also used 4 hard-cooked eggs, slicing one to garnish the top of the salad (along with a sprinkling of paprika). I included ~1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper (or red bell pepper would be delicious and would add a little color). I also added 5 sweet gherkin pickles, finely chopped. One should feel free to experiment with adding vegetables, herbs, and spices according to their personal tastes, and this salad is a great start!"

keverson User ID: 2789223 30465
Reviewed May. 29, 2010

"I lost my copy of this recipe that I cut out of the magazine and started to panic. Everyone I have ever served this to loved it and most ask for the recipe. Very happy I found it here so we can enjoy tonight!"

Lavishlyloved User ID: 4997898 23236
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"Oops! Made a mistake in my 1st review -I looked over my notes & saw that if I use all Miracle Whip, I reduce the sugar in the recipe by 1/2. Sorry : )"

Lavishlyloved User ID: 4997898 85604
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"To serve 12-16

* 8 cups cubed peeled potatoes
* 6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
* 4 celery ribs, thinly sliced
* 1/2 cup chopped green onions
* 1 cup sour cream
* 1 cup mayonnaise
* 4 tablespoons vinegar
* 4 tablespoons sugar
* 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
* 1teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
To Serve 24-32
* 16 cups cubed peeled potatoes
* 12 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
* 8 celery ribs, thinly sliced
* 1 cup chopped green onions
* 2 cups sour cream
* 2 cups mayonnaise
* 8 tablespoons vinegar [1/2 c]
* 8 tablespoons sugar [1/2 c]
* 4 teaspoons prepared mustard
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 teaspoon pepper"

Lavishlyloved User ID: 4997898 77644
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2010

"This is a family favorite with these changes:

I always double or triple it : ) ~ then, I add finely chopped dill pickles; substitute pickle juice for 1/2 of the vinegar called for & 1/2 Miracle Whip- 1/2 Hellman's Mayo for the mayonnaise. I make extra dressing ~ we like ours creamy. I keep some of the dressing back to moisten any leftover salad. [The sauce is excellent on burgers!] I leave out the green onions & increase the celery. YUM!"

Deepsouthred User ID: 251490 32258
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009 Edited Dec. 17, 2014

"Thank you.........sorry, so long in thanking you but we just got some fast internet here in woods."

chef621 User ID: 687841 41552
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2009 Edited Dec. 17, 2014

"To feed 70

3 gal cubed potatoes
3 doz hard cooked, chopped eggs
1 bunch celery thinly sliced
3 cups chopped green onions
6 cups sour cream
6 cups mayo
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 tbsp prepared mustard
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
mix as above
cheers! from a retired chef"

Deepsouthred User ID: 251490 39247
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2009 Edited Dec. 17, 2014

"Thank you.........sorry, so long in thanking you but we just got some fast internet here in woods."

lssrls User ID: 1447889 79088
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2009

"This is very good !!"

lushiny User ID: 3054868 27022
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2008 Edited Dec. 17, 2014

"Our Family Favorite"

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