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Mom’s Potato Salad

I always thought that everyone made potato salad like mine. I mean, just like mine. After all, this is how my mom made hers! To me, and to my family, this is potato salad. Period. And to write up the directions seemed rather silly, since making potato salad seemed like such common knowledge – like frying an egg. But as I read through potato salad recipes online, I realized we all have our own definition of this ubiquitous cold dish. And since it is truly potato salad season now, here is my version of how to make potato salad like a Southern Mom!


  • 6 potatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, more if needed


Wash potatoes. Place them in a pot and cover them with water. Add a tsp of salt. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat so they don’t boil over, then cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain, cool, peel and cut into bite size pieces. The cooking time depends on the size of the potatoes, so check them after about 15 minutes.

Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt. Bring water to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for about 12-15 minutes. Drain the water from the pan and run cold water over the eggs to cool them quickly and stop them from cooking further. I keep mine in cold water, changing out the water when it gets warm, until they are cool enough to handle. Then you can peel them under running water and cut them into small pieces.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, and all the rest of the ingredients. Mix together well and refrigerate until chilled.



Mom’s Potato Salad Recipe — 7 Comments

  1. I make my potato salad a lot like yours. Just a couple of differences. My mom taught me hers and I just tweak it. Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me! I am blessed & grateful to be a mom, but the pain of losing mine, comes back fresh every year!! Potato Salad is one of the dishes that makes me think of her!

  2. I am going to try this for sure. I don’t normally add celery seed or pickle relish to mine…but will give it a try. Sounds zesty

  3. This recipe looks so delicious! I cannot wait to try it! Thanks for sharing

  4. I have a vinegar based potato salad that I like to take to picnics. Don’t trust this recipe in the heat.

  5. There’s nothing better than home made potato salad. Sounds delicious!

  6. Your Mom’s potato salad is similar to my Mom’s, except my Mom put diced celery in hers instead of celery salt, celery seed, and garlic powder. And she probably used more mustard in hers since it had a yellow tint. Whenever we had a family get-together we always had one holdout who insisted on no onion in their potato salad, so we’d have to split some off before adding the onion to the rest of it.