My Favorite Potato Salad

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Hands down, this is my favorite potato salad recipe. I got it from my sisters in Maryland who got it from our niece-in-law Beth in Nebraska, who got it from her Grandma Cross in Indiana.

Good recipes are like that. They travel by taste of mouth and before you know it, you’ve got a recipe that came from someone who got it from someone else who got it from . . . and the trail just  keeps going back farther and farther.

Beth’s Grandma Verna Cross didn’t have a recipe for her potato salad. She just peeled, shredded, chopped, stirred, and mixed. Then she taste-tested and kept adding things until it was right.

Whenever anyone asked her for her recipe, she couldn’t give it because she didn’t have it written down. So finally her daughter-in-law Martha (Beth’s mother) watched Grandma Cross as she made her potato salad and measured the ingredients as she dumped and mixed.

It’s a Keeper

Now that there’s an actual recipe to follow, it’s been passed on to her daughter Beth, who lives in Nebraska and is married to  my nephew. My sisters brought the recipe from Nebraska to Maryland and then I got a copy and brought it to Virginia with me.

When you’ve got a good recipe, it seems selfish not to share it with others. So here it is.

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  celery 1 onions 2  eggs 2

The How To

While Grandma Cross always shredded her potatoes fine, you can shred or cube the potatoes. Make sure you don’t cook them too long, or they will become mushy. Add a pile of celery, a bunch of hard boiled eggs, chopped onions, and then mix in the dressing. You’ll need whipped salad dressing (not mayonnaise), mustard, sugar, vinegar and salt for the dressing.

I think after you try this recipe, you won’t need to try any others, ever again. But don’t take my word for it. Go ahead and cook some potatoes, and then make it yourself. It’s okay if you want to tweak it a little. I won’t mind, and I’m sure Grandma Cross wouldn’t have minded, either.

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This recipe was first posted over four years ago. Since many readers don’t go back to see older recipes I decided to re-post this. It’s a great recipe for a 4th of July celebration.

My Favorite Potato Salad
Recipe type: Potato Salad
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Serves: 12-16 cups
You can decrease these ingredients in half if you're not making for a family potluck. Be sure to keep the salad refrigerated until you are ready to serve it. Be careful not to add too much dressing, because it will go further than you think. Mix it together several hours or the night before for the best flavor.
  • 12 cups potatoes (approximately 5 lbs.)
  • 12-18 hard boiled eggs
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 3 cups salad dressing (not mayonnaise)
  • 6 Tbsp. mustard
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  1. Cook potatoes
  2. Cool, then peel
  3. Shred or dice the potatoes
  4. Add chopped eggs, onion, and celery
  5. Mix dressing ingredients together
  6. Mix with potatoes and vegetables


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