Mom's Potato Salad Brings Back Wonderful Memories

Delicious Potato Salad for Memorial Day Parties.

By Colleen Walsh Fong

My mom made the best potato salad I ever ate. I have wonderful memories of the family picnics we shared on summer Sundays and holidays. Her simple dish was always a hit. It’s been 10 years since my mom passed away. But she’ll be with me this Memorial Day, because I remember her on holidays by creating one of the recipes she used to make holiday meals special.

I’ve put my own twist to her dish, and always receive rave reviews when I serve it.

Mary’s Memorial Day Potato Salad


  • 5 lbs small Red-Skinned Potatoes
  • 2 C Mayonnaise
  • 3 stalks of Celery, diced
  • 3 Scallions, diced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Garlic Juice (from pressed cloves) or Garlic Blend (from tube in Refrigerator Case)
  • Paprika


  • Dutch Oven (or Large Pot)
  • Kitchen Fork
  • Colander
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Cooking Spoon


  • Wash potatoes and place them in a large pot or Dutch oven.  Cover with water and bring to a boil over highest heat.  When water reaches a rolling boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook potatoes about 1 hour until tender. Test with fork.
  • Drain potatoes and cool to room temperature.
  • As potatoes cool, mix mayonnaise, mustard and garlic in a small bowl.
  • When potatoes have cooled completely, cut them into bite size pieces and place into large serving bowl.  Discard skin that comes off of potatoes when cutting, but leave skin on pieces where it has remained intact.
  • Fold celery and scallions into potatoes.
  • Salt potato mixture to taste.
  • Fold mayonnaise mixture into potato mixture.  Add more mayonnaise, if necessary to bring sauce to desired creaminess.
  • Sprinkle paprika lightly over potato salad.
  • Serve cold.

Find more delicious recipes in the soon-to-be released Easy Weekly Meals, co-authored by Nanette Littlestone. It will be available for download to mobile devices soon. 

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Dawg May 25, 2012 at 02:44 AM
And the recipe looks good too!
Sheila Sanford May 25, 2012 at 03:13 AM
yum I remember her potato salad well too.
Mo May 25, 2012 at 04:08 AM
My Mom made really good potato salad, too, and it was similar to this recipe. She used to add sliced hard boiled eggs on the top and sprinkled paprika over them. It was yummy!
Nanette Littlestone May 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Potato salad brings back such good memories of summer days, warm weather, picnics, and, of course, family. Thanks for the reminder and the delicious recipe.
Smokey Hughes May 25, 2012 at 02:54 PM
My mom had the exact same recipe. Amazing


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