Potato Salad Recipes -- With or Without Mayo?

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My brother's girlfriend and I got into a heated discussion this weekend about, of all things, potato salad -- no doubt in anticipation of warm weather and the approaching grilling season. She made the comment that she hates potato salad recipes that call for mayonnaise and hard boiled eggs, and I about fell off my chair. How could anyone say such a thing?


When it comes to potato salad, I'm a little biased. We have a recipe that's been in my family for years (it was my grandmother's), and we eat it at almost every family get-together. It's really plain, and really mayonnaisy, and probably really awful for you, but I don't care: It always makes me think of summer.

Nona's Potato Salad

6 Potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 Tablespoon grated onion

2 Hard boiled eggs, chopped

2 Celery stalks, diced

Mayonnaise to taste (about 1/2-3/4 cup)

1-2 teaspoons vinegar

Salt and Pepper

Boil potatoes, drain, and chill. Combine with onion, eggs, and celery. Add mayonnaise and vinegar until salad is desired consistency and has the perfect amount of tang. Season with salt and pepper.

Once I got over my potato salad elitism, I realized there are countless recipes with more of an oil-base dressing that still taste great. If you're anti-mayo (like my bro's GF), check out these recipes for Garlic and Herb Potato Salad or Bacon-Potato Salad. Either way, you won't be disappointed.

Do you prefer potato salad with or without mayo?


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