Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins
Recipe came from Cooks Illustrated, the only potato salad I make any more.
- 2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut in 3/4 inch cubes (3-4 medium)
- table salt
- 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 1 medium celery rib, chopped fine (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 tablespoons minced red onions
- 3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
- 3⁄4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon celery seed
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch cubes (optional)
- Place potatoes in large saucepan and add water to cover by 1 inch.
- Bring to boil over medium-high heat; add 1 TB salt, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring once or twice, until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes.
- Drain potatoes and transfer to large bowl.
- Add vinegar and, using rubber spatula, toss gently to combine.
- Let stand until potatoes are just warm, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together celery, pickle relish, mayonnaise, mustard powder, celery seed, parsley, pepper, red onion, and 1/2 tsp salt.
- Using rubber spatula, gently fold in dressing and eggs, if using, into potatoes.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour; serve.
Trust Cooks Illustrated to have a fine recipe for potato salad. The proportions of everything were just right.
We have made this several times and I can't believe I have never reviewed it. We seldom use the eggs simply for time factor, although we do like them. The flavor is really good and the technique is easy to follow. I didn't think the original recipe called for russet potatoes, although they work fine and are usually cheaper so that is ok by me.
I have tried to wing potato salad recipes all my life with no succsss in order to try and mimic my mom's (the world's best, in my opinion). This is just as good as my mom's - dare I say better? I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of the relish - I used Vlasic Dill Relish. Even better the second day. Don't use lo-fat mayo, just not as good.