Grandma Drew's Potato Salad Dressing

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Before commercial mayonnaise was available, my Grandmother used this sauce to make her cherished Potato Salad. It is a very-low fat alternative to mayonnaise and tastes better than light mayo, too! Great for tuna, macaroni, or chicken salad, but you'll probably want to add a little mayo, also.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In saucepan, mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. While stirring with whisk, gradually add water, vinegar and beaten egg.
  3. Heat on medium heat, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens to the consistency of mayonnaise.
  4. Refrigerate up to 1 week.
  5. NOTE: When making Potato Salad, I use 3 parts Grandma's sauce and 1 part mayonnaise.


Most Helpful

This is the best substitute for mayo I've ever had/made and a yummy sauce. It has a pungent flavor (apple cider vinegar has a bite) which I really liked, but I did mix it with mayo (as suggested) for the potato salad. I also used the optional black pepper which gave it a nice kick, but I would omit it or use less if spicy isn't your thing. Thanks for posting this Beachgirl!

Marla Swoffer April 07, 2003

Very good. I agree with Olive Blossom's comments. Additionally, I can imagine adjusting the seasonings, depending on the effect you are trying to achieve. I am thinking about mixing in a little fat free yogurt or perhaps buttermilk, but it is great as it.

Zilla June 03, 2003

I grew up on this dressing for both potato & macaroni salad. It beats jarred mayo dressings all to pieces. I used this recipe for macaroni salad for this Christmas. *It's best to save a little dressing in a container until after the salad has chilled because the macaroni really absorbs it. Mix & then add more into the salad so it's not dry. Love, love it as potato salad as well. Merry Christmas folks!

Merryannie December 24, 2012

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