One of the things I remember from growing up is my dad always saying my mom made the best potato salad in the world. I’ve been wanting to make my mom’s potato salad for some time now, but the things is, my mom didn’t use a recipe. She just knew what to add and how much. So it was not in my box of recipe cards I had copied from her box of cards years earlier. I checked with my sister, but she didn’t have the recipe, either. So I tried to go from memory.
The difficult part of trying to make my mom’s potato salad from memory? I never ate it as a kid. It has only been in the last 8 or 10 years that I have come to like potato salad. So I tried hard to remember what it looked like and what I could remember from the few times as an adult I had eaten it. I know most recipes call for celery, but I’m pretty sure my mom’s did not have celery, but did have green pepper. Also, I used red onion because that seemed familiar. My turned out a little more yellowish than my mom’s, so I’m guessing she used less mustard than I did.
Here’s my best stab at my mom’s potato salad – although I think I’ll probably be tweaking it for years!
- 8-10 medium to large russett potatoes
- 4 hard boiled eggs
- 1/2 diced red onion
- 1 diced green pepper
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley (or 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- sprinkle of paprika
- Boil the potatoes until tender. Hard boil the eggs. Cool both completely after cooking.
- While the potatoes and eggs cook, dice the onion and green pepper.
- In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustards, parsley, salt, and pepper.
- When completely cooled, peel and chop the potatoes and slice the hard boiled eggs.
- Mix the potatoes, three of the eggs, the onion, the green pepper, and the mayonnaise mixture.
- Lay the final sliced egg on the top, and sprinkle paprika over the top.
Breakfasts (we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)
Lunches (see this post for Peanut Free lunch ideas!)
• Roo: Monday – Memorial Day; Tuesday – Lunchable; Wednesday – School lunch; Thursday – Lunchable; Friday – Sandwich
• Monkey: Monday – Memorial Day; Tuesday – Lunchable; Wednesday – School lunch; Thursday – Lunchable; Friday – Sandwich
• Me: Monday – Memroial Day; Tuesday – Leftovers; Wednesday – Leftovers; Thursday – Sandwich; Friday – Leftovers
• Monday (Memorial Day!) – Grilled chicken, potato salad, carrots
• Tuesday – Burgers, roasted potatoes, asparagus
• Wednesday – Hot Dogs, chips, fruit
• Thursday - Summer Pasta, garlic bread, salad
• Friday - Pizza
• Saturday – Graduation party to attend
• Sunday – Grilled chicken, baked beans, asparagus
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