I’ve had numerous requests for the recipe for the potato salad.  This is not the recipe we use, but it is the recipe that tastes the closest to that recipe that I have “Measured Amounts” for (and “rights” to, as well.)  This is my family’s favorite, and with summer and cookouts coming, your family might enjoy it, too.

Potato Salad


In a large bowl, put the following:

12 eggs, hard cooked and shredded

½ cup onion, chopped

12 cups potatoes, cooked and shredded – Actually, this is 5 pounds.

(I scrub raw potatoes, then cook them with their peelings on. I try to not cook them too long, just until they are soft. Then I cool them and pull off the peelings. Then I grate them on a potato grater.)

Mix in separate bowl the following dressing:

2 cups finely chopped celery

3 cups salad dressing (I always use Miracle Whip)

3 Tablespoons mustard

1/4 cup vinegar (scant)

2 cups sugar

4 teaspoons salt

½ cup evaporated milk

Pour dressing over potato mixture and stir gently.

If the potato salad is too “stiff” add more evaporated milk. If it seems too runny, just wait. It always thickens up over night. Of course, the flavors go through it better if it is left over night, but I like the texture better right after it is made.

This recipe is easily reduced by half to make a smaller amount. The larger recipe easily serves 20 or more. It usually will make over a gallon.


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  1. Thanks for the recipe. I think this is close to the same we use at our church when feeding a large group. That nice mix of sweet and sour can’t be beat. BEG what is your next big project to tackle ? Seems like you always have something interesting going on.

  2. This continues to be my favorite potato salad recipe. We had a great time at Mom’s last night. We have felt bad having to miss all the good times the past 2 times the family got together on the first Sunday evening there. Looks like we gotta miss it again next month. We’ll be in Romania. I’m excited about this mission trip. Sister Julia and Paul go about twice a year. Paul is on the board (SLM). She often asks us if we would like to go with them. When our Kenya trip fell through with Mark’s operation we had to plan another trip using the same Air Line. The Kenya trip more then doubled in air-fare so we had to come up with another option so as not to loose the tickets.Father and Mother are also going along. It sorta scares me with father’s breating problem but if they are willing to tackle it we’re more then willing to have them.

  3. Your recipe will be put in my “recipe” file.  Thank you!  I can never imagine making the whole recipe!  Our entertaining is so small in comparison to your gatherings!  Yours  sound so fun!  I love my memories of our family gatherings in IA as I was growing up.  All the cousins, aunts and uncles etc. I long for them and always love when I go back “home” and all five of us siblings and their families can get together.  It doesn’t happen very often now that Mom and Dad are gone. 
    Polly!  How exciting to go to Romania!!!!

  4. One question:  Is that regular prepared mustard, special mustard or dry mustard?

  5. What a coincidence!  They had to wait on me a little since I had to pick the kiddies up from school around the same time.  One of these days I’m going to see you when you are up here, and then won’t we both be shocked???

  6. BEG~you need to check out http://www.xanga.com/xnotasomethingx you will see some familiar faces!

  7. haha love the song – I was just wandering where you find your music cuz some friends of mine (my mom mainly) are looking for choir music or bluegrass or somthin similar and i noticed your songs are really cool – so i just thought I’d ask -Dorcas N.

  8. Just happened on your site and found the very yummy potato salad recipe!! I tried it for a cook out last night,and loved it.thanks!

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