Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mom's Potato Salad - {Small Batch}

Yesterday, I made a small batch of Mom's Potato Salad, just for Hubs and I.  Of course, there's still some for leftovers, since it actually gets better as the flavors meld and marry.  Yummm!

This is one of the recipes that I'm asked for quite often.  It's called "Mom's" since she taught me the basic recipe.  Mom and I differed on putting onions in, and about how much mustard was correct.  I also added the black olives and red pimentos for extra flavor and color.  This is the side dish that my family and friends really seem to love!

Number of Servings: 6  {Each serving is a generous 1/2 cup.}

4-5 baseball-sized Potatoes, raw
4 Large Eggs {in shell}
1/2 Cup Real Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
1/4 cup chopped Dill Pickles
3.8 oz can sliced Black Olives
2 heaping Tablespoons Pimentos, diced or sliced

1. Peel & cube potatoes. Boil in water until soft, but not mushy. Drain well, and cool.
2. Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. (TIP: pierce the large end of the egg first, this helps prevent the shell cracking.) Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes. Shut off the heat and let them sit for 15 minutes. Pour off the hot water and add very cold {ice} water and let the eggs cool. After the eggs are cooled, crack & peel the shells, and rinse the hard boiled eggs. Cut eggs into medium-sized chunks and set aside.
3. While potatoes and eggs are cooking, place remaining ingredients together in a large bowl, and mix. Keep chilled. After the potatoes and eggs are cooked and cooled, add them to the mixture, and fold gently.
Chill about an hour {or overnight} and enjoy!

If you feel that the mixture is too thick, add a tablespoon of pickle juice or vinegar. Mom loved it with a splash of vinegar on hers! And of course, green onions and extra mustard. To each their own!

Be sure to let me know in the comments section below how you like this recipe.  Did you add your own flair by tossing in some diced ham or bacon bits? Or maybe peas or diced cheddar cheese?  The possibilities are all up to you!


  1. I use macaroni instead of potatoes. But either way is delicious, and I use your recipe!

    1. Yes! This also makes a fantastic Macaroni Salad, and it's even potatoes to peel!