Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe Is the Best Ever by Ann Marie Patitucci

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9 months ago

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe Is the Best Ever

Growing up in a house with an excellent cook no doubt spoiled me. There are some foods that I tend not to like because I only like my mom (Mimi)’s version. Her potato salad recipe is one example. As far as I’m concerned, hers is the very best! 

This potato salad recipe has simple ingredients, can be made ahead of time, is full of flavor and is large-family approved. I’m happy to share it with you! All you need to make this creamy potato salad recipe is pounds, cucumber, red onion, eggs, pimentos and mayonnaise. The potatoes are baked, cut into cubes and mixed (gently!) with the other ingredients. 

Serve this grandma-approved potato salad as a side dish with your favorite proteins. It's the perfect potato salad for picnics, cookouts, potlucks or family get-togethers.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 15


  • 5 pounds potatoes
  • 1/2 a cucumber, diced small
  • 1/2 red onion, diced small
  • 3 eggs, diced small
  • 1 jar ( 4 to 7 ounces) diced pimentos (your choice)
  • mayonnaise, to taste (Mimi prefers Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise)

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Recipe Notes

  • Like many of Mimi’s recipes, she couldn’t tell me exactly how much mayo she uses and says that it’s really a preference thing. I believe 16 ounces is a reasonable place to start.
  • Mimi uses very little black pepper in her potato salad.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Boil potatoes with skins, about 30 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain them and allow them cool for about 30 minutes. Peel and dice potatoes into cubes. Salt them, to taste, after every third potato.
  2. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Taste test and add more of an ingredient if you think it needs it. 
  3. Place bowl in fridge and allow to cool for at least 4 hours before serving.

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Donna John
Yum! I make potato salad a lot. I've never tried cucumbers or pimentos in my potato salad. Will have to try it! Love Mimi's recipes! Ann Marie Patitucci
Elisa Schmitz
YUM! Keep Mimi's recipes coming, please. They are all amazing!!
Ann Marie Patitucci
Will do. She's the best! :)
Gwen Johnson
My mom's was pretty close. But she uses celery instead of cucumber.
Ann Marie Patitucci
Neat that the recipes are so close!
Antonia Cameron
Close but no cigar... No cucumber xit would get yucky fast. Add at least a tablespoon or 2 of grainy mustard, and if you have fresh Dill.....

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