Trial and Error Potato Salad

When I was young my daddy always made the potato salad and, at least for me, no other potato salad on earth has ever even come close to being just as good as his. Maybe that's simply because I loved him so much. ;-) He passed away suddenly in 1988 and since it had never dawned on me to ask for his recipe, and because a written copy could not be found among his possessions, it seemed the treasure was lost forever. Isn't it interesting that when we're young we take so much for granted including something as simple as a recipe?

Anyway, over the years I've tried assorted old fashioned potato salad recipes and have asked other family members what they remembered being in it in hopes of finding just the right ingredient combinations. I finally have come pretty darn close, at least close enough to make me happy, but will continue tweaking. Next time maybe one more egg and a tad more celery.


  • 2 1/2 lbs. red potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 1/2 large or 2 medium dill pickles, chopped
  • 3 extra large hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring potatoes to a boil in a large pot, cook until just tender, let drain in a colander and set aside to cool completely.
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  3. Stir mayonnaise, mustard, onion, celery, and pickles in a medium bowl until well blended.
  4. Place potatoes back in the cooled dry cooking pot, toss with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add mayonnaise mixture, stir well, add eggs, gently toss, and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours to chill and let the flavors blend. Stir before serving.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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July 12, 20120 found this helpful

Aww, I love when you tell stories about your dad. I'm going to try this recipe tonight. Thank you for sharing :)

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July 17, 20120 found this helpful

I'm intrigued by the title "Trial and Error Potato Salad." So much of my own cooking has been trial and error! By now I've got it down pretty well.

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July 18, 20120 found this helpful

Looks wonderful and here is to your father.

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July 20, 20120 found this helpful

Add some bacon too! Yummy

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