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Grandma’s Potato Salad

posted by Julie Evink on May 12, 2014

Grandma’s Potato Salad ~ Old Fashioned Potato Salad just like your Grandma used to make! 

Grandma's Potato Salad ~ Old Fashioned Potato Salad just like your Grandma used to make!

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  • Nana

    Congratulations on your initial potato salad. I agree it is a matter of taste , but this one seems way too basic. I hope you will try adding some diced onion, diced celery, sweet pickles chopped or relish and some celery seeds. I think yuo will find it adds a lot of zing!

    • Julie Evink

      Those are all great additions if you’d like to add those! I personally don’t like them and that’s why I didn’t include them in my recipe 🙂

      • Wendy H

        PERFECT POTATO SALAD! The Miracle Whip and the Vinegar adds just the right zip to it. Absolutely love this. Thanks for sharing.

        • Chris

          This is the exact same recipe my family has been using for generations. The reason it works is that it is mild; that’s the whole point. If you want a zesty salad, feel free to add what you’d like. Many folks do not like onions, peppers, etc., and some older people can no longer tolerate those things. We like it just fine. Thanks, Julie.

          • Julie Evink

            Thanks Miss Chris! 😉

    • Angela

      I totally agree with you. No grandmother whom I know would ever make something like this, and try to pass it off as a potato salad.

    • Kathey Reed

      This is so plain,no way I would put this in front of my family and call it a potato salad,Fist miracle whip?? Yuk..mayo ,sour cream and maybe a little ranch,onions,olives,pickles,eggs,I like some green onions in there also,pimentos for some color..

  • Nana

    I agree it is all a matter of preference and I also think geographical areas have much to do with how a dish is perceived.

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    As always, I adore anything with grandma in the title. Looks looks so incredible!!

  • Michelle

    Yes. I’m one of those people who likes potato salad but it has to be just so. I’m always weary of trying potato salads at potlucks because you just never know 🙂

    Most of the tie, I don’t like a lot of add-ins and prefer to keep it simple. I really like the way you’ve garnish this with some sliced egg. Different and clever! Thank you for sharing!

  • Laura @ Raise Your Garden

    Haha, I laughed when I saw this recipe because I only eat potato salad at family & friends gathering if I bring it (I mean, I’ve gotten sick one too many times!!!)

    Old fashioned is always best! Love the egg sliced on top, too too clever and cute!

  • Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    I DO love potato salad!! This one just says summer picnic to me!! I can’t wait to try it!! 🙂

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    You couldn’t have posted this salad at a better time, Julie. I am in the middle of planning our meals for Memorial Day weekend and this salad has to happen! So glad you deciphered Grandma’s recipe 🙂

  • Emily

    I found this recipe on Pinterest. I have been looking for a recipe that is like my Mother’s recipe. She passed away last year and at our last Christmas together she showed me how to make her potato salad–but she cooked from taste and I’m terrible at it! So, thank you. I can’t wait to try this and tweak it so I can finally have my Mom’s potato salad again. <3

    • Julie Evink

      I’m so sorry for your loss Emily! I hope this taste at least a little bit like hers!

  • Stephanie

    This looks delicious! I would love for you share it on my Tasty Tuesday recipe link up here! Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

  • Angela

    What makes this a potato “salad”? It’s nothing but potatoes & eggs! A five year old could make this.

    • Danielle

      I’m pretty sure the only thing a five year old would be doing, is making a mean immature comment like that. 🙂 To each their own, why waste your time spewing hate?!? I think this salad looks great, thanks for sharing Julie!

      • Angela

        I’ve been cooking for 45 years (my little grasshopper)so I know what a good recipe is or isn’t! When you’ve been cookig as long as I have, then we’ll sit down & talk. Apparently, you’re a ‘rookie’ cook, and you still have a lot to learn about the flavors of a dish, and what to add into a dish in order to make it tasty. This potato salad is very bland, and NO grandmother whom I know would EVER make something like this, and attempt to pass it off as a Potato Salad. Also, “Miracle Whip” in this (so called) potato salad?! Really?…. are you kidding me? REAL “Hellman’s Mayo” would elimanate the need to add heavy cream into this concoction. Good luck with your cooking, as it seems that you’ll definately need it!

        • Julie Evink

          Angela, In the most respectful way I’m going to have to ask you to not say anything else unless you have something positive to say. When it comes to attacking my Grandmother and her recipe I draw the line. I’m not saying you are wrong, but I ask that you refrain from attacking me personally. My grandmother was an amazing cook/baker who probably had many years on you. If you want to leave snarky comments please go somewhere else. If you don’t like what you see here then move on to a different blog. These recipes are out here for people use if they’d like. I’m not telling people they HAVE to make something this way just because I did, so if you don’t agree go make it a different way. Each to their own. I believe in my “little grasshopper” years I’ve learned way more about respect than you have.

        • Erin

          I’m sure you are a great and experienced cook. However, you leave the impression that you are still a “rookie” when it comes to manners and tact. Here’s some advice; If you don’t have anything nice or helpful to say, then DON’T say anything at all.

    • Tammy

      I am 56 and started cooking at 10, I love cooking and I am an awesome cook!! Potato salad was my downfall! I did use 2 cups of Hellmans first time because at the time that is what I had, I added celery, egg a little relish and a little sweet onion, and it was wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I Thank you so much for the recipe!! As far as rude comments, uncalled for! Some people tend to take unhappiness in there life and try to hurt others!! You made my day, second time made exactly the way you make, just added the celery and relish a little onion, loved it both ways and posted it to all my friends in facebook!! TY so much:)

      • Julie Evink

        Oh Tammy you are to sweet! Thanks for the kind comments 🙂

    • Jodi Hall

      If you can’t say something nice, my almost 70 year mouth would say, don’t say anything at all !!! You spew nothing but hate, what a shame!!

  • Mary

    Julie: I am an avid cook and baker, and recently subscribed to your blog. I want to tell you I am sorry for the berating you have received for something as innocuous as a potato salad recipe. You stated that the recipe could easily be adjusted to taste, and that you dislike pickles, diced onion, and diced celery. Potato salad preference is very personal, and differs from region to region; same as preference of mayo or Miracle Whip salad dressing. Certainly not something to get in a war of comments over, in my opinion.

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Mary! Totally agree 🙂

      • Tammy

        TY Again so much!! Now it will be perfect all the time!!! No more adding this and that and throwing it out lol!!!

  • dina

    sounds like a great creamy dressing!

  • Susan

    Oh my! This is exactly the way my mother made hers…and by far, I have always thought it was the best! And yes, with Miracle Whip. As far as all of the negative comments go…this is food. Food is a personal thing…make yours the way you want. Take your negativity and put it to good use instead of bashing other people. My son, my 12 year old son, has been battling cancer for almost a year now, and God willing, he’s beating it. I am just saddened, and feel sorry for those that put so much energy into making others feel badly…try putting your energy to good use instead of tearing others down…I will pray for you:)

    • Susan

      Thank you for posting this recipe Julie – you rock!!

    • Julie Evink

      Oh Susan my heart breaks for you. Sending up good karma and prayers for your son! Ditto to everything you said in here. It’s just a recipe. Not life changing by any means!

  • Karen

    Your recipe is almost the same as the one I make. I add onion powder to mine, like the onion flavor, but not the raw onions. I don’t like all the additives that some put in. Don’t take the nasty remarks personally, some people are just nasty.

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks so much Karen 🙂 The onion powder is a great idea!

  • Barbara Kamlah

    This is so close to my mother in laws potato salad recipe which my husband and his family all love. They complain bitterly if is tampered with in any way!!!

    • Julie Evink

      Family favorites cause a lot of cries of crisis if they are messed with!!!

  • Sande

    Just finished reading your recipe and the comments. Its a strange thing about food bloggers…they can’t accept any input or criticism and that’s why I stay away from them. But your Grandma’s Potato Salad caught my eye on Pinterest and here I landed.

    I’ll zip my mouth on commenting on :your: potato salad, as their are as many different kinds of “Grandma’s Potato Salad” as there are opinions. And my grandmother always told me if you can’t say something nice, just say it’s interesting. Yours is interesting. But in a taste test between my grandmother’s, which I have been making for 56 years and yours I’m sure mine would win hands down. Sorry.

    And my comment is not intended to be nasty…so no snarky remarks are needed. Every is entitled to their personal opinion and some people just have the balls to state it. Does this mean your potato salad is not good, no. It just doesn’t appeal to everyone and you shouldn’t be so insecure in how people voice their opinion.

    • Danielle

      I’m curious Sandy what exactly “caught your eye” about this recipe? Did it have a particular appeal that spoke to you? Or did you just see an outlet to spend your time and energy trying to bring someone else down?

      Perhaps you should actually give the recipe a try before judging it so harshly and leaving negative comments. Your grandmother’s advice is good, but I’m sure it was intended for those actually seeking your input. Not a random recipe on the internet that you felt like putting down and telling the author how yours is surely better while calling her insecure.

  • Sheila

    I am about to be turning 70 in a few months. I am a Grandmother & a Great Grandmother. I have made many a Potato Salad over the years. Very similar to JUlies Recipe with the exception of adding finely diced onions. However I have not heard of adding cream but I think it will only enhance my recipe, so will definitely try it. You negative Ladies ” Please remember Change is good. “Negativity is not.”

  • Kara


    This is the second comment section I have found your negativity toward other bloggers recipes. I’m pretty sure you are the same “Sande” from a Great Grandmothers Italian spaghetti sauce recipe I came across the other day. You seem to have a knack for creating drama on blogs with all of your cooking experience and amazing recipes. Funny, they say that bullies put down others just to lift themselves up. But here is a thought. If you have amazing recipes that would win over all others, then please start your own food blog. Use the time you seem to devote to casting away others’ recipes and share your recipes. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then please unsubscribe from food blogs that you seem to think will never measure up to your stuff. Find a new hobby. Thank you from someone that actually appreciates the time and effort it takes to make and share these recipes. Keep it up Julie. 🙂

  • Laura

    What type of vinegar did you use? White vinegar, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar? Definitely want to make this – haven’t found the “perfect” one yet. Thank you for all your postings, Julie! I’m new to your postings, but can’t wait to try so many of them!

  • Mary

    I have to say this is the first time I have ever seen such nasty comments on a food blog. It’s a recipe, for Heaven’s sake. If you don’t like to try new recipes, then unsubscribe and continue to make your own recipes so that the rest of us who like to try new recipes can do so without reading all your vile comments.

  • Linda

    I am going to try this one. I have always just throwed whatever I could find in the fridge in mine. But so tired of fixing it that away and my taste for it has decreased. This way sounds so delicious.

    • Julie Evink

      Hope you enjoy it Linda!

      • Jessie

        Julie, Thank you for the opportunity to step out and make my first attempt to comment on a blog. Yes, I have also cooked for over 40 years, and your recipe is exactly like my grandmother’s. I alter mine and use white potatoes as I don’t like red. My sister also makes potato salad, and hers is different than mine. She does not like mine. Oh well, each to their own. It would be a very dull world if we all did things the exact same way. Folks, enjoy the diversity, and freedom of choice.

        • Julie Evink

          So glad you stopped by Jessie!!! Your potato salad sounds excellent. In my opinion… there’s room for everyone’s potato salad in life! That’s what makes it fun 🙂

  • Dianna

    One hint a 90 year old grandmother gave me was to save and use your sweet pickle juice in place of the vinegar! (also works in spinach salad dressing)

    • Julie Evink

      That is an awesome option if you like pickles Diana!

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