basic potato salad

May 21, 2013

makes 8 servings       total time: 45 minutes

3 lbs (~4-6 potatoes) waxy potatoes (such as yukon gold or new), scrubbed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
3 scallions, diced
1 stalk of celery, diced
ground pepper
1/3 c vinegar (a little less)
3/4 cup mayonnaise


  1. set a large pot with a lid on the stove and add salted water; bring to a boil.
  2. place potatoes in pot and cover. reduce heat to a gentle simmer. boil potatoes, gently tossing occasionally, until tender, 15-20 minutes.
  3. meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine vinegar, scallion, 1 tsp coarse salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and a sprinkle of dill.
  4. add hot potatoes to vinegar mixture; toss to combine. be careful not to mix too much otherwise the potatoes will become mashed potatoes. cool to room temperature, tossing occasionally.
  5. add mayonnaise to cooled potatoes; mix gently to combine. serve, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.


it’s funny… i think i was itching to cook some food since i haven’t cooked since before thomas was born. a group of ladies have been making meals and delivering them to us for a month. (SO sweet of them and such a huge help !!!) yesterday, i made the strawberry lemonade and then the potato salad and i hadn’t had a chance to decorate the sugar cookies i baked over the weekend with frosting, so i did that last evening. i even mixed different colors… i’ll have to post some pictures later. i was on a cooking rampage !

anyway, i was going to make pasta for dinner yesterday, but i figured that would be entirely too hot to eat. (it’s in the 80s right now.) so i just happened to stumble on this recipe… i subscribe to yahoo shine food, so every week, they send a compilation of recipes and this was in the email they sent me. how apropos !

it seemed like a pretty easy recipe too, plus i had most of the ingredients already. i’m not a fan of eggs, although i may add a couple stalks of chopped celery next time just to give it a more crunchy texture. i must say it ended up being pretty delicious and makes good leftovers for lunch !


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