Is It a Baked Potato or Potato Salad?

Total Time
3hrs 45mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 45 mins

It was 1987, I was living in my first apartment, and I had invited my first company over for dinner, a friend from work and his girlfriend. I had planned on providing everything for dinner that night, and I was completely shocked when my company brought some food with them. Her potato salad tasted so much like baked potatoes, only it was cold and required no effort on my part to make it ready to eat. It was so good that I had to ask for the recipe. I have made it this way ever since. This recipe is forgiving. So, try to keep the general proportions correct and don't be so worried about exact measures.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash (DO NOT peel) your potatoes and cut them into approximately 1-inch thick wheels.
  2. Cover wheels in a pot of water and boil until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Drain and cool potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  4. When potatoes have cooled, combine all remaining ingredients in the bowl with the potatoes.
  5. **If you want to season the entire batch before serving, consider including any combination of the following before mixing all the ingredients together - salt, pepper, lemon pepper, garlic powder. And remember a little bit of seasoning in the mix tends to go further than seasoning added to each serving.
  6. If you are lucky enough, you will get everything evenly combined and still have some chunks of potato in the mix. If you don't, it still tastes great.
  7. Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving. This can be made a day or two in advance of serving.
  8. Prep time includes cooling the potatoes and chilling the salad. Cook time is split between cooking to potatoes and mixing the salad.


Most Helpful

This was great! The good thing about it, is most people have all the ingredients on hand. It's basic potato salad..never mind the sour cream, the tarragon vinegar...blah,blah,blah! I made it as written, and it was delicious. I added chopped celery because we like that. I will always use this recipe for potato salad. Next time I think I will actually bake the potatoes to see if it tastes more like a baked potato. To ATM 67, the poster...if you love baked potatoes you should try Baked Potato Chowder. I'm sure you'll find a good recipe for that here on RecipeZaar. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Close April 09, 2009

This was good! I forgot to reduce the onion as others had stated and as much as I enjoyed this, I couldn't quite get past the potency of the onion. I would definitly make this again and just remember to cut back. I subbed cilantro for the parsley as I don't care for it and sprinkled it with Bacon Salt (find it online - awesome!) for a super easy loaded baked potato. Now how on Earth did I forget the cheese...? Thanks!

SunsetHappy August 03, 2008

A great dish especially good for those who don't like hard boiled eggs in their potato salad. I use less onion and substitute fat free plain yogurt for the sour cream.

Southern Sister July 24, 2008

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