Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mom's Best Potato Salad Recipe

This is my most requested dish at family and friend's barbecues. I am always asked to bring mom's best potato salad recipe. I am always asked to bring the potato salad because this classic potato salad recipe never fails.  My kids will only eat my potato salad. 

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Mom's Best Potato Salad Recipe

This will be for an average bowl. You can add or reduce as needed.

8 medium potatoes
8 hard boiled eggs sliced
1 cup chopped celery
1 small can of sliced black olives
2 heaping T. of dill relish
bit of grated onion ( I only like a small amount)
3/4 c. mayo
3/4 c. sour cream
T. yellow mustard
Dill pickle juice (a generous splash)
Season with season salt, a little salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes until just tender. Peel and dice place in a large bowl.
While potatoes are still warm put the mustard and pickle juice in and mix well.
Add all the other ingredients and mix well. If you like it  more creamy add more of the mayo and sour cream or add less if you like it dryer.

Refrigerate and enjoy. One of the kids always offers to taste test for me. They love it so I make a large bowl just for us so they can enjoy for a couple of days. See all of our recipes in one place on our recipe page.


  1. This is almost exactly how I make my potato salad, except for the olives, which I will definitely try next time. I'm the only person I know who uses sour cream and relish in their potato salad but I use sweet dill and I also throw in a dash of hot sauce. Your moms looks nice and creamy!

  2. This one sounds yummy. I've never added sour cream to my potato salad but what's not to love about that? Email me your schedule this week, let's have breakfast. Patty

  3. Good Morning Elaine Sweetie...
    This recipe sounds yummy. I have never added sour cream to my potatoe salad, but I do love sour cream.

    Guess what I will be doing next weekend? Yep the grands are coming and we are going to be trying this recipe. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing sweetie.

    Have a glorious weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  4. Looks delicious! I love to make potato salad in the summer. I'll have to give your recipe a try-I've never used sour cream or dill relish in mine. Have a great weekend!

  5. Same here, my kids and hubby like my potato salad, but I always liked my mom's better than mine. Your recipe sounds good and I will have to give it a try. Have never used sour cream, but usually a 1/2 mix of mayo and Miracle Whip. Thanks for sharing.
    Susanne :)

  6. Hi Elaine!

    Sounds delicious! I have never put olives in my potato salad - can't wait to try your recipe!


  7. Sounds wonderful. Im going to make it tomorrow for lunch!

  8. Thank you for the recipe, it sounds wonderful!
    Hugs Cindy

  9. Looks yummy!! Have a great weekend!!

  10. I am a fiend for potato salad, I will be looking this one up the next time I have a hankering. I have never tried sour cream in it and that intrigues me! Ann

  11. Hi Elaine,
    Your family recipe is the same as the one I make.... except for the olives and pickles, I put in parsley and chopped tomato instead. I always use sour cream and mustard in mine and I'm always asked to bring it to family gatherings.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  12. I am so fussy about potato salad...this recipe sounds delicious. I am copying it over to try. xo Diana

  13. Yum, Elaine! I think it is so special that you have this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


  14. Yummy, I can see why :) I have a favorite requested dish for family get togethers too. I love potato salad!

  15. Yum! It is hard to find good potato salad recipes. Same here, my kids love mine and I will post mine when it gets to be "potato salad weather" here.....not quite yet. Thanks so much for the recipe! I saved it as "Elaine's Potato Salad"..that way when I make it I will think of you!

  16. This sounds so good--I am going to pin it and make it later. TFS!