Mom’s Potato Salad

Potato salad gets a bad rap these days, doesn’t it?  Likely because of that mushy slop grocery store delis try to pass off as the real thing.  The real thing, though, is neither mushy or sloppy.  It’s tangy and flavorful–the perfect addition to any Fourth of July backyard barbecue or picnic.

I learned to make potato salad from the pro: my mom.  She isn’t best-known for her skills in the kitchen but her potato salad is a classic that’s tough to beat.  I’m spilling her recipe here (hope she doesn’t mind).

PS.  There are few, if any, redeeming qualities health-wise to this dish.  It’s worth looking the other way for, though.  Once or twice a year.

Mom’s Potato Salad

5 lbs. organic potatoes (please please please use organic potatoes-always!)
4-5 celery stalks chopped
3-4 boiled eggs chopped
one chopped red onion *optional
5 oz. dill pickle relish
5 oz. sweet pickle relish
1/2 packet Ranch dip seasoning
1 c. mayonnaise
1/4 c. prepared mustard
3 T. high quality whole grain mustard (I used Trader Joes brand and yes, took total creative liberty with this ingredient)
10-15 chopped green olives

Peel and boil the potatoes until they’re soft, but not falling apart.  Drain the water and place a towel over the pot until all of the steam has dissipated.  Once cool enough to handle, cut the potatoes into cubes.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, mustards, Ranch seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.  Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.  Top with a sprinkle of dill before serving.

10 Replies to “Mom’s Potato Salad”

  1. What Allison said. I love potato salads but I’ve never had one with olives. Will have to try sometime. Unfortunately not this week, because we’re having houseguests who have recently gone vegan. How in the world do *I* feed a vegan???

  2. Yum! I would leave the olives out, or let Jack pick them all out. I might try this soon!!

    And I need the scoop on organic potatoes, please…

  3. Not trying to be argumentative but..
    Your moms mom makes delicious potato salad.
    Your moms mom & I always thought my mom made delicious potato salad.
    None of them ever used weeny organic potatoes to make potato salad and I bet theirs was just as good without the weeny new wave potatoes grown in hidden hothouses by college graduates with BS degrees.
    Just sayin’…
    Notwithstanding the above I won’t refuse to eat your salad made with weeny organic potatoes should the possibility ever present itself.

    1. You’re totally in luck, friend! He actually WILL be with us and if we meet up at Yeeha Bob that night he’ll be there with bells on. Or something like that. You’ll love him, though I’d be remiss if I didn’t warn you that he’s much more pithy and personable on the blog than he is in person. ;)

  4. I looked up ‘pithy’ and found one of the meanings was
    ~of, resembling, or full of pith~
    No wonder I get up so many times during the night!

    1. Gramps, if you were half as pithy in person as you are online you’d need diapers for sure ;)

    1. I suppose if you overlook the sweet pickle relish and the mayo (we usually buy Best Foods, btw) it isn’t so bad after all. It’s just so tasty that it feels 100% indulgent ;)

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