Grandma’s Potato Salad


Summer picnic season is just around the corner. Outdoor BBQ’s, hamburgers and hot dogs, kids playing in the sprinklers, and plenty of Potato Salad. We made this Potato Salad from our Grandma’s recipe. She pretty much makes the perfect Potato Salad (Wow, that was a lot of “P” words!).

Grandma uses good old russet potatoes in her Potato Salad. We however, had red potatoes on hand, so that is what we used in our recipe this time – and we liked it just as much!! Little Chef K rinsed all the potatoes and put them in the pot to start cooking. It took a while, because these were smaller potatoes and she was cleaning each one very well and placing them ever so careful. She is such a good Little Chef!!!

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While the potatoes were going, the Little Chefs got the eggs cooking. This was the first time Little Chef E cooked and pealed a hard-boiled egg. He loved cracking and pealing the eggs. But, was then bummed when he could not eat it – So, we made more so he could then eat them!! I love to see my Little Chefs get so excited to eat what they have cooked – we have learned that they are willing to eat and try a lot more things (and like it) when they have cooked it themselves!

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So Grandma’s recipe….there really is no recipe. Finally, at one family gathering, my sister and I watched while she made the Potato Salad and wrote down everything as she went. The sauce was a little of this and a little of that, so after a few attempts of measuring out and getting the taste right, we think we figured it out. Little Chef B was in charge of the sauce for the Potato Salad this time around, and did a great job – but did require a shirt change after the pickle juice spilled all over him!

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One of the secrets our Grandma told us with Potato Salad, is to make sure you pour the sauce over the cooked and diced potatoes, and coat them well while they are still warm. That way the potatoes soak up the sauce as they cool down. For this reason I do not add all the sauce. I reserve a little bit for after all the other ingredients are added just in case it needs a little more. Then, in go the sweet pickles – which give it a nice, sweet crunch! And the cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and red onions.

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After it is all nice and coated with the sauce – stick it in the fridge until ready to serve. This is a yummy Potato Salad that will be a big hit at your next family BBQ or picnic!!  For a nice BBQ recipe that would go great with this salad – try our Tangy BBQ Chicken Marinade, or the Beef Skewers with Cherry Tomatoes and Parsley Sauce.

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I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

3 Replies to "Grandma's Potato Salad"

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    Stephanie May 14, 2013 (11:56 am)

    Looks so good! I’ve been looking for a good potato salad recipe for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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    Lisa May 20, 2013 (6:46 pm)

    This looks SO good! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” I am featuring this recipe this week. Congratulations! Be sure to stop by and grab an “I’ve been featured” button from my sidebar. The post should go live around 11pm Eastern on Monday night. I hope you will be able to share again this week. 🙂

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    Erin May 27, 2013 (3:57 pm)

    Just made this for Memorial Day weekend, and it was so delicious! Cheese in potato salad – who would have thought it would be SO good? 🙂