Classic Potato Salad is simple to make and a great dish to serve.  This recipe is for some good old fashioned potato salad.

Classic Potato Salad

My mother often made potato salad, after all I grew up on a farm in Idaho (home of the famous Idaho potato). We ate a lot of potatoes, and when summer came around potato salad was a great way to serve up some of those potatoes. We also had hens that laid eggs for a while, but we mostly bought our eggs from other farmers who raised chickens. It is kind of funny now when I see my grandchildren with no clue as to where food originates. The grocery store is pretty much how far they think about it originating. I grew up on a dairy farm and saw first hand the production of milk. We sold our milk to a company that pasteurized and homogenized the milk, but we actually drank raw milk. My dad liked cream and we actually used to let the cream rise to the top of the milk overnight and then skim the cream off of the top of the milk for my dad to eat on his cereal. We ate the milk that the cream had been skimmed off of (which I now realize was skim milk). I really liked it when we went to the city to my grandparent’s home and drank their milk. They bought milk from the store and it was whole milk. Years later, I realized that it wasn’t that the milk was raw milk that I didn’t like as much, but the fact that the milk was whole milk instead of skim milk. I still prefer whole milk to this day.

Classic Potato Salad
Recipe type: Salads
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10 - 12
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsps. vinegar
  • 1¼ tsps. salt
  • ¼ tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 4 - 5 cups potatoes (peeled and cubed) (6 - 7 medium potatoes)
  • 4 hard cooked eggs (cut with an egg slicer)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  1. Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, salts, sugar, and pepper.
  2. Stir in the celery, potatoes, eggs, and onion.
  3. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.


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