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Grandma's Potato Salad Recipe

Grandma's Potato Salad Recipe

Our Fourth of July feast wouldn't be complete without this cool, old-fashioned potato salad. It's my grandma's treasured recipe. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + cooling Cook: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:24 servings


  • 6 pounds medium red potatoes
  • Water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup Miracle Whip
  • SALAD:
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 hard-boiled large eggs, sliced
  • Paprika


  • 1. Place potatoes in a stockpot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain. When cool enough to handle, peel and slice potatoes; cool completely.
  • 2. For the dressing, in the top of a double boiler or metal bowl over barely simmering water, heat water, butter and vinegar until butter is melted. In a small bowl, beat eggs; add sugar and cornstarch. Add to butter mixture; cook and stir for 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Transfer to a large bowl; cool completely.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Stir Miracle Whip into cooled dressing mixture; fold in whipped cream. Stir in onion, green onions, salt and pepper. Add potatoes; toss lightly to combine. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled.
  • 4. To serve, top with hard-boiled eggs; sprinkle with paprika. Yield: 24 servings (3/4 cup each).

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hkarow9713 User ID: 7604678 265013
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2017

"This is a must have at all family gatherings! Very creamy! I used mayo instead of miracle whip & it was amazing. Everyone came back for seconds."

Surprisegal User ID: 8628816 247600
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"I have not made this, but I am an excellent cook, so I will give this 3 stars, since I think it looks like a good potato salad, with all the right elements. However, the dressing looks WAY too rich (whipping cream? butter?)!! And not enough eggs. My mom's formula for potato salad was "an egg to a potato." In other words, 5 potatoes, 5 eggs! Delicious!"

Bristoltn63 User ID: 8825408 246941
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"Delicious potato salad"

Scooterrocks User ID: 8809265 246890
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"This is the recipe my Grandma used for years. Brings back great memories. Yummy??"

kirkloriwilli User ID: 7932424 234902
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"Humm, this is the most unique and interesting potaoe salad recipe ive ever seen. I'm definitely interested in trying this ! Thanks for sharing."

wendyfaye User ID: 8128760 229415
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

"I made more potatoes and whipped two cartons of whipped cream with additional miracle whip and it was a success with people taking seconds and thirds, food home, and asking for recipe. What could be better than that!!!!!!!"

Dilli User ID: 7204156 228096
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"I'll stick to my Hellman's Mayo recipe. Too much work without good results."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 226492
Reviewed May. 18, 2015 Edited Jun. 17, 2015

"Unusual bland taste. I sub in Hellmann's mayo for Miracle Whip and it still didn't taste right. Didn't realize they still made Miracle Whip? It's not what you call a flavor enhancer!!"

loraannmerritt User ID: 6566609 2248
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2014

"This is DELISH! Takes a while to make but its worth it!!"

NDachshund2 User ID: 4919910 2218
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"We all loved this creamy potato salad, the whipping cream was the difference!!"

Pamlico User ID: 6807887 5756
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"I didn't actually try this recipe. My sister did, and she isn't a very good cook, so she didn't know the difference. The ingredients alone should give you a clue. It was awful! This is absolutely NOT grandma's potato salad."

omahataxidriver User ID: 5143548 5511
Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"Very Sweet and bland...not worth all the trouble of cooking the dressing, cooling it down, whipping the cream.. needed mustard or celery."

6668 User ID: 5986618 2541
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"It was too sweet for us."

mamahunt User ID: 6393436 5730
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2012

"I wanted to try something different. This was totally awesome family is picky about they're potatoe salads....this was a thumbs up for them all"

Rona74 User ID: 1412754 2536
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"This takes a little extra time, but is absolutely delicious!"

M.Simons User ID: 5813012 7777
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"Made this recipe over the weekend because my daughter thought she might like it. Neither of us liked the frothy consistency of the dressing. Taste was O.K., but wouldn't go to all the trouble to make it again."

bobbecat User ID: 3546943 5498
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"Labor intensive, and I did not think it was very good. Fairly blah, and definately not worth going thru all the work it takes. I won't make it again."

Ohio46 User ID: 6664480 5727
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"Pretty plain. Needs pickle, celery, seasonings. Might be OK for kids with not much taste preference."

onepennye User ID: 4502608 4904
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"Although tasty, it isn't one I would make again. The original Best Foods is still the best and contains much less fat"

joyousdeeous User ID: 2079311 6265
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

" This recipe is very good!!!"

lvslwnrdr User ID: 2464187 2535
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2012

"I have not personally made "this" recipe but my mother-in-law shared a recipe for a cooked salad dressing and my children don't want their macaroni salad any other way. The cooked dressing IS worth the extra steps. My recipe is a little different and gives you the choice of lemon juice or vinegar (lemon for pasta, vinegar for potato is best). Miracle Whip is "salad dressing", not mayonaise. It is simply a different flavor option."

OldCookieCrony User ID: 3316293 7117
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"Very good!"

sullee User ID: 6344258 5509
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"I haven't tried this recipe. I am still looking for a recipe that my mom and grandmother used to make. My grandmother was 91 when she passed away in 1987. She handed that recipe down to my mother. Potato salad was the best i have ever had. Of all the recipe's i wrote down from my mother that was one that I didn't and one that I wish i did. I know that it had probably had pickle, I think some pickle juice, celery seed and probably miracle whip, eggs, paprika. Can anyone help me further on this"

joyousdeeous User ID: 2079311 3888
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"I have enjoyed eating this recipe and it's delicious. However, I am not willing to go that many steps for a potato salad that is no better than my Mom's recipe. Let's face it, we all have our fave potato salad recipes."

MMDmitri User ID: 6551265 4036
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"Your Grandma does make the best potato salad, thanks for the recipe!"

tsuop User ID: 6274346 5508
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012 Edited Nov. 6, 2015

"This is identical to my Grandma's recipe, except for the corn starch, her's uses flour. I think the cornstarch would make it more smooth. My mother was famous for making this, now I have that honor!!"

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