Monday, July 9, 2012

Potato Salad....

I hope you are having a pleasant Monday thus far.  We are waiting on the rain that has been predicted beginning today for about the next three days.  So far, we only have clouds.

One of my favorite things for summer is potato salad.  Well, actually, it is one of my favorite things, regardless of the season.:-)  I have made potato salad for years, and it has included the very same ingredients as the recipe I am going to share with you.  However, when I followed this recipe, the result was some outstanding potato salad!  Susan Branch includes the recipe in her book which is titled "The Summer Book."  If  you don't have this one, I recommend you go out and buy it!:-)  Or, you may go to her website and order it online.  There are several other tasty recipes in this appealing book with a blue plaid book jacket! 


7 large Idaho potatoes
7 eggs, hard-boiled
2 cups mayonnaise
1 3/4 cup minced red onion
3/4 cup sweet pickle relish, drained
3 - 4 celery stalks, diced
1 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
lots of freshly ground black pepper

- Peel potatoes, halve them, and drop them into a big pot of boiling water.  Cook till fork tender.  Meanwhile, peel the hard-boiled eggs, put them in a big bowl, and mash them with a potato masher to the chunkiness you like them to be.  Drain potatoes, cut them into bite-sized pieces, and add to bowl along with other ingredients.  Stir gently.  Chill.  Serves 10-12.

This makes a generous amount that fits into my Longaberger All-America bowl very nicely.:-)  I am glad there are usually some leftovers.:-)  The Munchkins haven't quite developed a taste for this delicacy.:-)

I am a bit behind on my picture taking.  I didn't ever photograph my dishes/table setting for the 4th of July.  I don't have everything put away at this point.  Perhaps I will arrange things and take a picture for the blog for the next post.:-)

The Husband has been outside picking blueberries and blackberries.  The next post will feature how we enjoy these wonderful berries!

Thank you for following along.  I really enjoy your comments.


  1. Nellie, My mom was probably the poorest cook around. But she sure could make fried chicken and potato salad. She always said when the smoke alarm went off her chicken was done :):) She make her potato salad with mashed potatoes too. My brother now makes it for the family gatherings.Smiles, Susie

  2. I love potato salad, and Susan Branch. I don't have her summer book, but I have three others that were published in the 1980s. I know it is hard to cook and take photos, but a photo or two would really add a lot to the "visual". This is more or less how I make mine, love the addition of hard boiled eggs. xo

  3. This is an entirely different way from how I make potato salad. A friend from New Orleans taught me how to make it a long time ago. Her rule was one egg for each potato, but to always boil red potatoes with the skin on until tender. My mom always made mashed potato salad and love her heart, it was not a favorite of mine.

  4. Hi Nellie

    I love Susan Branch's recipes! I have quite a few of her books but not her Summer cookbook.

    Thanks for your compliment about me being a "blog ambassador for NYC!" That made my day!

  5. Thank you so much, Nellie- I am looking forward to trying this recipe! I love Susan Branch! xo Diana

  6. i have always liked susan branches books! and love new recipes.. im sure you have lots of ideas for the blueberries and blackberries. and its nice you have a helper to pick! i helped my dad pick rasberries this am we started at 9 am and it was already hot... enjoy your day!

  7. hello Nellie, My husband's mother makes potato salad a lot - he's partial to her potato salad so I rarely make it. I'll save your recipe for one of those days ;)
    We're expecting some rain too - it is quite noisy right now - hoping for lots of rain! And cooler temperatures!
    Have a great week,

  8. Yummmmmmmmm! I love Potato Salad! Especially now, since I can not eat regular Macaroni Salad.... Because I have to live Gluten Free.

    Potato Salad rocks! :-)

    Gentle hugs,

  9. I have that book. But I don't use it much. The points values always scared me off. :)
    It sounds like a wonderful recipe so I think I need to dig my book out. :)
    I hope it rains soon, not enough to drown everything but enough to cool it off.
    Have a great day and I am looking forward to your pictures.

  10. Hi Nellie! How nice! My family (of which there are quite a few) will love it that you mentioned their favorite recipe/food! Very sweet of you. Hope you are having a wonderful summer, and not too hot! xo Susan

  11. It's amazing to me how many different ways there are to make potato salad, and I seem to love all of them! My hubby prefers his with some mustard, so that's an ingredient I always add when I make it. I have had yours, though, and will agree that it is delicious! Looking forward to your berry suggestions!

  12. Hi, That tater salad looks awesome... I love it---but make mine more with mustard than mayo..

    I'm looking for a good recipe for Deviled Eggs. IF you have one, publish it sometime for us.. Thanks!!!!

    Rain went all around us tonight... NOTHING here yet... Dang it!!!


  13. I've copied your recipe. I have made many recipes over the years but have never made one I really really liked. Maybe yours will be the one! : )

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