Nana's famous recipe of Southern Style Potato Salad is so good it is bound to become a tradition in your house too. It's a rich and creamy summer salad that tastes like home to me. And trust me care was taken to really bring this classic over the top.
Every family gathering I can remember (at least since I was about 10) there was always my mom's potato salad and macaroni salad. I moved away more than 15 years ago and every time I went back home it was one of the things I asked her to make.
Funny thing is, as the story usually goes... The recipe was slightly adapted from her best friend of 30 years, Susie Q! We spent just about as much time at Susie Q's house as we did our own growing up and she is like a second mom to me. That makes the recipe even more special. So after all these years how did I finally get the recipe?
A few years ago my mom and dad came out to Arizona to visit. We hung out and spent a lot of quality time together. We grilled on my new barbecue grill and my mom and I stayed up all night making strawberry jam and really enjoyed hanging out, talking and bonding. Then we headed off to Sedona for a few days.
It was during that visit that my mom wrote down her potato salad and macaroni salad recipes for me. Need I tell you, I cherish those hand written recipes, especially now that she has passed. My mom was diagnosed with cancer shortly after that visit. The next year went really fast. It is probably one of the most impactful years of my life.
The things I learned from my mom (Nana to her grandkids) the last year of her life will stick with me forever. She truly lived as an example and I miss her everyday. You see that beautiful smile??? It was a permanent one that could light up the room. Those squishy eyes that have been overtaken by that huge smile... Thankfully, she passed that fantastic feature on to me and Munchkin. Every time my daughter laughs or I look in the mirror, I see her.
She loved our website and was thrilled that I would someday share her recipes with you. Of course her recipes are family meals I grew up on like her Beef Stew and this fabulous potato salad.
This Southern Style Potato Salad tastes like home to me. It is true comfort food. Rich and creamy with eggs and bits of onion throughout it is my favorite potato salad and I am sure it will be yours too. Cooked with the skins on, it leaves a perfectly cooked potato that holds its form much better. It is really good served right away, but down right addictive if first chilled overnight.
With love from our simple kitchen to yours.
RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM
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Southern Style Potato Salad
SERVES 16 | ACTIVE TIME 45 Min | TOTAL TIME 1 Hour 30 Minutes
5 pounds Russet potatoes, unpeeled and washed
1 (30 ounce) jar Hellman’s/Best Foods mayonnaise
½ (30 ounce) jar Miracle Whip salad dressing spread
3 large eggs, hard boiled and diced
½ large yellow onion, diced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
Optional: replace 1 teaspoon kosher salt with 1 teaspoon celery salt
Place potatoes in a large pot covered with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove cover and continue boiling for 20-25 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through. Pierce with a fork to check doneness. Drain and cool potatoes.
In the empty pot add mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, eggs, onion, salt and pepper. Mix until combined. Smash the eggs while mixing. If you like the egg chunks you can just stir.
Using the back of a butter knife peel skins from potatoes and cut potatoes into bite size chunks and add to mayonnaise mixture as you cut them.
Mix to combine. Sprinkle with paprika. Chill until ready to serve.
Serve and enjoy!
Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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Originally published 6/20/14