The Crack of the Picnic Table

Many people are known for a signature dish. They make something that is so fabulous that they are asked… begged….to make it all the time. Such is the case with my Mother-In-Law’s (MIL) potato salad.

My in-laws have a nice big yard and are the only ones in the family with a pool, so their place is often the gathering spot during the summer. Whatever the reason for the get together, my MIL is always asked to make her potato salad. She smiles and never fails to produce a nice big bowl of it. Others have tried to make it, but hers is truly the best.

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This stuff is the crack of the picnic table, you can’t get enough.

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I had petite red potatoes and Miracle Whip on hand, but went out to get the medium potatoes and Helmann’s Mayo to be true to the recipe.

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Boiling up the potatoes.

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Oh man….soooooooo goood. I asked my wife if it was close to what her mother makes, and she said I nailed it!

Grandma O’s Potato Salad


  • 6 medium red skinned
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, cut up
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup Hellmann’s real mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp mustard


Skin potatoes, boil them for 45 minutes and cut them up. Add remaining ingredients. Mix. Chill. Serve.

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Categories: Eggs, kosher, Lunch2, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetable2, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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22 Comments on “The Crack of the Picnic Table”

  1. February 13, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Looks Yummy !


  2. February 13, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I appreciate the dedication to getting real mayo – miracle whip is NEVER a good substitute! (but then I am a Southerner and we are a bit hardcore about Mayo) Always love a good potato salad – look forward to trying the recipe!


  3. February 13, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    It looks delicious! This is how I remember my family making it when I was growing up. I add a few more weird things because I’m weird like that 😉 Great post!


  4. February 13, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    I love potato salad! This looks delicious.


  5. February 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    I love potato salad! Will definitely give your recipe a try!


  6. February 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Sounds gorgeous!


  7. The Sports Central
    February 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    It all looks so very good! Thanks for your visit to my site…Jay


  8. Debbie Z
    February 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Just a bit more info from the daughter…you always have to make 10 lbs of potatoes…it is just so good. We fight over the leftovers and it tastes even better the next day


  9. February 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Funny, I thought you were going to say family secret.


  10. February 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Hello, Ranting chef, The snow has been falling here in central Pa. but perfect timing on the potato salad. It’s making me think spring and the grill. Ps. Thanks for stopping by my blog. In another month I’ll have babies coming and that means cheese! I’ll share recipies.


  11. February 13, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Always on the lookout for a good potato salad recipe–can’t wait to try this!


  12. February 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Beautiful – it reminded me of my childhood, my mom always made her “Pennsylvania Dutch” potato salad – all the same ingredients as yours, but also, very finely chopped sweet gerkin pickles and celery seeds.


    • February 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      Little bits of pickles in potato salad make it a very flavorful side dish!


  13. February 13, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Speaking of Miracle Whip and Mayo, have you seen this new YouTube spot from Miracle Whip yet?


  14. February 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    BTW, love a great homemade potato salad. It’s the hard boiled eggs, mayo and mustard that do it for me! @continuousdrawing The gherkins would be a nice touch. My mother puts some vinegar in her recipe, I believe.


  15. February 14, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    In our family, it’s my Grammy’s potato salad, and her secret is a little pickle juice!


  16. February 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    i love potato salad and i will try this recipe.. thank you for sharing 🙂


  17. February 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Yum! This is much like my husband’s amazing potato salad… crack, indeed. If you have access to Japanese mayonnaise, preferably Kewpie Brand, that makes it even better. Don’t know what makes it different form the North American varieties, but it makes everything it touches turn to Even Better. 🙂



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