My mother's potato salad -- chunky and flavorful -- a favorite at our family gatherings. Best if made the day before. Season with salt carefully because the olives will be salty.

Susie

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Allow to cool, peel, and cut into cubes.

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  • Place the eggs into a saucepan in a single layer and fill with water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes. Pour out the hot water, then cool the eggs under cold running water in the sink. Peel and slice once cold. Reserve 1 attractive slice of egg for garnish.

  • Mix the mayonnaise and mustard together in a bowl. In a large salad bowl, lightly mix together the potatoes, eggs, onion, celery, sweet gherkins, and olives until thoroughly combined. Pour the mayonnaise dressing over the salad, and gently toss gain to coat the ingredients with dressing. Season to taste with salt, and top the salad with slices of green pepper and reserved egg slice in the center for garnish. Chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

501 calories; protein 8.8g 18% DV; carbohydrates 51.6g 17% DV; fat 30.1g 46% DV; cholesterol 105.5mg 35% DV; sodium 613.1mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2010
But then it wouldn't be Mother's Potato Salad! It would become Dr. Greg's Potato Salad. Now, I'd rather have Mother's....but that's just me! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2010
But then it wouldn't be Mother's Potato Salad! It would become Dr. Greg's Potato Salad. Now, I'd rather have Mother's....but that's just me! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2010
This potato salad is an excellent base but it doesn't get the 5th star because small changes improve it significantly. Mind you it's a fantastic keeper recipe! I cut down on the gherkins because they give too much vinegar taste. Try some small capers and/or substitute some black sliced pitted olives for some of the green ones; and/or some grilled peeled red or yellow pepper; thinly slice a tropea red onion soak it in white wine vinegar rinse it and substitute for the small onion; and substitute that cheap yellow mustard with some serious mild dijon.... it gets that 5th star!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2010
Loved it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2016
At first I was dubious about the combination of sweet gherkins and green olives but I decided to give it a try. I'm not a fan of potato salads that are sweet but the olives and the onions balance the sweetness of the pickles. I substituted horseradish mustard for the yellow mustard and it turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2014
With a few changes this has become my "Go-To" recipe for potato salad. I don't put the olives in because we don't care for them. I do put a few extra eggs in add extra mustard and I use relish instead of the pickles. I usually end up making this every weekend during the summer for parties. Thanks for such a simple and delicious recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2016
I have made this potato salad since I can remember. Except for the green pepper... I have never added that. I use diced pimento stuffed green olives instead of just plain pimento. It's always great and I get lots of compliments on it every time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2015
Perfect "church basement" potato salad. My wife was not sure about the olives (_I_ liked them!) so next time I will double the gherkins. I may experiment with the type of mustard - Dijon heavy grained etc. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2012
Loved it! I reserved half as is and the other half with half of a granny apple (diced) for my boyfriend who loves apples in his potato salad. Both were delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2016
Excellent!!! Read More
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