Mother’s Potato Salad for 15 to 25

READY IN: 1hr 5mins


  • 4
    lbs raw scrubbed, unpeeled potatoes to make about 2 3/4 quarts cooked, diced potatoes
  • 1 13
    teaspoons salt
  • 2 12
    cups celery, finely chopped
  • 1
    cup dill pickle, chopped (sweet pickles can be used if preferred)
  • 2
    cups hard-boiled eggs, chopped (about 6 or 8 eggs)
  • 1
    medium sweet onion, chopped (Bermuda or another sandwich onion, green onions, both white and greet parts, can be substituted)
  • 1 12
  • 12
    cup pickle juice, for moistening salad
  • 14
    cup prepared mustard (a coarse ground mustard preferred)
  • 1 12
    cups pitted olives, whole or 1 1/2 cups sliced olives


  • In a large saucepan, cook the potatoes: Cover with warm water, put a lid on the pan and boil until fork tender, about 30 minutes, depending on the variety of potato. Baking potatoes sometimes turn mushy; waxy red or white potatoes hold their shape much better.
  • When potatoes are done, immediately remove them from the heat; pour off hot water and cover with cold tap water. chill them a bit, but don’t soak them.
  • When unpeeled potatoes are barely cool enough to handle, remove the skins (if they seem to stick, rinse quickly in cold water, then resume peeling); dice and measure into a very large bowl. Add salt, pepper, celery, pickles, eggs, and onion. Blend in mayonnaise, pickle juice, and mustard (salad should be a bit moist, as it firms up when chilled).
  • Fold in the whole or sliced olives, or use as a garnish. Chill.
  • NOTE: When taking potato salad to a picnic supper, keep chilled until served, and as soon as the meal is over return salad to the ice chest, or throw away leftovers. Makes about 25 half cup servings.
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