Mama’s Potato Salad

potato and egg salad

Memorial Day just wouldn’t be the same without Mama’s Potato Salad. There are some holidays that you just expect certain dishes. Sometimes, it just doesn’t feel like it’s the holidays with out it.

Potato salad is one of those dishes that reminds me of summer, fun and barbecues. It also just seems to go hand in hand with Memorial Day. Memorial Day was created to honor ¬†the men and women who died serving in the U.S. military, for many Americans the holiday kicks off summer. So it’s time to make some potato salad.

I’ve tried and tried and tried to make potato salad but it’s never like my momma’s. I know what goes in it. I’ve watched her make it thousands of times but I have never been able to replicate it. Until now. Mom sat at the table with me and walked me through it. Come join us.

Mama’s Potato Salad

Makes 8 servings

  • 2 1/2 pounds of potatoes (peeled & cut into quarters)
  • 2 celery stalks (minced)
  • 1/4 large yellow onion (minced)
  • 1/4 cup red pepper (minced)
  • 3 boiled eggs (chopped)
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 ¬†teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 cup of sweet & tangy relish
  • 1/8 spicy brown mustard
  • Green onion – garnish

Tools: Large bowl, large pot for boiling potatoes and eggs


Cover peeled potatoes with salted water and bring to a boil over high heat.

Boil potatoes for 12 to 18 minutes or until tender (cooking time varies based on the size of potato).

Once finished, drain water and place potatoes in fridge to cool.

Boil eggs in water for 12 minutes.

Remove eggs and place in fridge to cool.

Combine mayo, salt, black pepper, paprika, relish and spicy brown mustard in a large bowl.

Combine potatoes, red pepper, celery, eggs and onion in a large bowl.

Mix mayo mixture and potato mixture thoroughly but don’t over mix.

Serve chilled and enjoy with your favorite main dish.

If you’re lucky, something off of the grill. What are you serving with your potato salad?


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