Somewhere back in the mists of time, I believe one of my grandparents used to make this potato salad. My mom painstakingly copied it into her recipe collection, which I pirated wholesale just before leaving the nest.
Of course, I am unable to let any recipe stand as read, and have tweaked it. I still enjoy grazing on it by the dessert-bowlful, standing up by the fridge, just like I did when I was growing up. Bliss…
I think this variety is sometimes referred to as “German-style potato salad”.
I start with Yukon Gold potatoes.
While that’s in progress, I peel the eggs. I’ve discovered that if I want picture-perfect easy-peel homegrown eggs, I have to wait until they’re a week old before I cook ’em.
Chop eggs, celery and onion into relatively uniform bite-size pieces. The bacon and pickles – I use dilly beans; they have more crunch – are smaller.
Stop and be entertained by spouse and son, who are putting the dressing together. I was making a recipe-and-a-half, and they were working out the fractions.
Whisk up the dressing.
When the potatoes are done, I drain them and let them cool for ten minutes or so before stirring everything together. Add the parsley before stirring. I also ground in a bit of pepper; just a few twists of the grinder.
Gently toss together in a large mixing bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Old Fashioned Potato Salad
2 lbs. cooked, peeled, cubed potatoes (6 med.)
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. sliced celery
3 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
½ c. cooked bacon bits (optional)
½ c. chopped pickles or dilly beans (optional)
½ c. extra-virgin olive oil
½ c. apple cider vinegar
¾ c. mayonnaise
1 T. dried parsley, or 3 T. chopped fresh parsley (optional)
2 t. salt
1 t. sugar
¼ t. paprika
- Mix potatoes, eggs, onion, celery, bacon, pickles, and parsley.
- Combine oil, vinegar, mayo, salt, sugar and paprika; pour over potato mixture.
- Toss lightly to combine.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours; overnight for best flavor.
- Just before serving, sprinkle with additional fresh chopped parsley.
Makes 6 cups.