This is my Dad's potato salad recipe. I have never seen it made this way, and whenever I take a bowl of it somewhere it always leaves empty.

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.

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  • Slice cooled potatoes and layer in a large bowl or dish.

  • In a saucepan combine water, vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and pour over potatoes. Cover and chill for at least 12 hours.

  • Drain excess marinade and add onions, salt, pepper, celery seed and mayonnaise. Mix well and serve chilled.

Nutrition Facts

377.3 calories; 5 g protein; 51.5 g carbohydrates; 8.4 mg cholesterol; 140.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2003
I have made this salad 3 times now and everyone loves it. I did make a change however. The first time I made this I found out that I had no celery seed ( I could have sworn I did!) so I subbed dill weed for it and it's wonderful. I also don't drain all the vinegar mixture as it gives the finished product a kick. You will not be sorry with this recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2003
I made this for a neighborhood barbecue yesterday. We all thought it was too sweet. We're all used to a more "typical" potato salad with crunch. Read More
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158 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 106
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2003
I have made this salad 3 times now and everyone loves it. I did make a change however. The first time I made this I found out that I had no celery seed ( I could have sworn I did!) so I subbed dill weed for it and it's wonderful. I also don't drain all the vinegar mixture as it gives the finished product a kick. You will not be sorry with this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2003
I have made this salad 3 times now and everyone loves it. I did make a change however. The first time I made this I found out that I had no celery seed ( I could have sworn I did!) so I subbed dill weed for it and it's wonderful. I also don't drain all the vinegar mixture as it gives the finished product a kick. You will not be sorry with this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2006
It seemed very unusual to marinate the potatoes especially with the sugar but this recipe did not disappoint me. The obligatory ubiquitous potato salads I have made for years seemed so blah. I had some really yummy potato salad at a salad bar the other night and was looking for a new recipe that came close to it. It seemed like it had celery seed in it and maybe some dill. The potatoes themselves also seemed to have something extra. I scaled this to make only of the recipe and added some dill weed and sour cream. I only marinated about 4 hours. It was plenty of time for the potatoes to soak up the marinade. It wasn t as sweet as I thought it would be. I also threw in a couple of hard-boiled eggs even though the restaurant version didn t have any. It wasn t exactly like the one from the salad bar. In fact it may even have been better. I actually enjoyed eating the potato salad for a change. I will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2003
I like this recipe mainly for the marinade. I make my regular potato salad recipe and just marinate the potatoes first. It does make the potatoes softer, so if you like your potatoes a little firmer, maybe this recipe isn't for you. I really like the sweet and tangy flavor the marinade gives the potatoes. It really penetrates the potatoes, so that the flavor isn't all in the mayo mixture. I have made this for family gatherings and have received compliments on it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2005
Great recipe. I have made this twice now - once for the home taste trial and again for an office party. I followed the recipe except that I cooked the potatoes a bit longer than suggested (1/2 hour) by accident and I used 1 1/2 cups of water/vinegar/sugar for the marinade to better cover all the potatoes. "Hands-down the best potatoe salad I have eaten in my 36 years on the planet." was the review via email from a co-worker later in the day. This is the only potatoe salad recipe I will use from now on. The vinegar/sugar marinade really imparts a wonderful flavor to the potatoes and the mayo/celery seed add the final touches. Very simple and extremely tasty. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/01/2005
This is an excellent recipe for someone who likes the New York deli style potato salad of yore. I have made it several times as is and with minor changes; such as using a little dill juice from the pickle jar a little less sugar. The best time saver I have found is to buy a couple of boxes of store brand scallopped potatoes on sale put the sauce envelope in the pantry and using only the dehydrated potatoes..boil them for about 15-16 min then drain and put in bowl pour marinade over the potatoes as per recipe. Proceed with recipe and is best made the day before using. Thanks Bud. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2005
This was a nice change from the usual potato-and-egg salad. I used red potatoes with the skins on and plain white distilled vinegar because that's all I had. I also doubled the vinegar and water and cut down the sugar and marinated it for 4 hours. It tasted great tangy but not too sweet. I also added dill weed and crumbled 2 pieces of bacon on it. Excellent will make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2003
Easy good and sweet. I added some chopped celery and a little more mayo. Chilled the potatoes and vinegar 8 hours instead of 12. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2003
I took this salad to a picnic and everyone loved it didn't change it in any way. It was delicious thanks Bud. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/22/2003
I made this for a neighborhood barbecue yesterday. We all thought it was too sweet. We're all used to a more "typical" potato salad with crunch. Read More
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