Mother's Potato Salad


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

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins


  • 5 pounds whole russet potatoes

  • 5 eggs

  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise (such as Hellman's®)

  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard (such as French's®)

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 7 sweet gherkins, chopped

  • 25 pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced

  • 1 pinch salt to taste

  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced (Optional)


  1. Place potatoes in 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.

  2. Drain potatoes and and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Allow to cool, then peel and cut into cubes.

  3. Place eggs in a saucepan in a single layer and fill with water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Cover the saucepan and bring water to a boil over high heat. Once water is boiling, remove from the heat and let eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes.

  4. Pour out the hot water, then cool eggs under cold running water in the sink. Peel and slice once cold. Reserve 1 attractive slice of egg for garnish.

  5. Mix mayonnaise and mustard together in a bowl. In a large salad bowl, lightly mix together potatoes, eggs, onion, celery, sweet gherkins, and olives until thoroughly combined.

  6. Pour 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.

  7. Chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

501 Calories
30g Fat
52g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 501
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 613mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 25mg 123%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 1057mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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