I have been making this exact recipe for 25 years, we love it. Also, for 25 years I've reduced the salt to 1 tsp and sugar to 1/2 tsp. Usually I make this with apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar~~today I made it with white balsamic vinegar. OMG, I wish I'd been making it with white balsamic for 25 years.
I have been making this recipe for over 50 years, have tasted a lot of other cook's potato salad, and I have to say, I've become a potato snob! Some cooks put green pepper in theirs (yuk!) Some put pickle in theirs (another yuk!) I know there are other types of potato salad, such as French, which is delicious as well, and of course German, etc. but this recipe is the best, and yes, you do need vinegar, or else it just won't taste the way good potato salad is meant to taste.
I don't think one should ever add ANY sugar and/or vinegar to this recipe. Excellent red (new) potatoes, fresh extra large hard boiled eggs, juicy sweet white onion and green celery with no strings attached, all seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper AND finished by stirring in to taste, Hellmann's mayonnaise, are all one needs to bring the "classic" taste of this fine potato salad to the folks one loves most! I've been doing it this way for 40 years or so, as my Mother and Grandmother have also, and I cannot tell you how many times I've shocked people by divulging the secret and simplicity of this recipe.
I made this for the current PARTY game. I added mustard, sweet relish and a touch of garlic powder because that's just the way my family likes their potato salad. I kept out a bowl to taste before I did the adding and I thought it was great! Thanks for sharing a true keeper.
Although I have tried many potato salad recipes out there, Hellman's Original is tried and true. Everybody always loves it, and it tastes unmistakably homemade. If you can only have one potato salad recipe, this is it.
I looove this salad. I left out the celery and sugar though, just personal preference. I also tried this with green onions instead of regular onions and it worked great. I'm sure this'll be a regular dish around here. Thank you!
We did enjoy this. It is the original potato salad! I doubled the recipe. I found this to be very creamy! I like my salads to have more of a kick but for my son I followed the direction. Thanks!
My sister and I made this for a party my parents had last week and it is very good. My mother who has been cooking for fifty years or so, thought it was great. Her recipe for potato salad is similar, but over the years, she has stopped measuring the ingredients. The sugar and vinegar amounts make a big difference in this recipe.