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4th of July Side: Classic Potato Salad

No matter what season it is, potatoes are a very popular side. But there is no other salad that says summer or 4th of July as much as the potato salad. It's easy to make a large batch and tastes better when cooked in advance - making it the quintessential picnic and barbeque side dish. Be sure to use waxy potatoes instead of starchy because they retain their shape better. Cut the potatoes into uniform wedges to ensure even cooking. There are tons of varieties, but for the holiday it's nice to have a classic mayo, hard boiled egg, and pickle version. To take a look at the recipe, which you can always alter to your liking,

Classic Potato Salad
From Simply Recipes

3 or 4 mid sized Russet potatoes
4 Tbsp juice from Kosher dill pickles
3 Tbsp finely chopped dill pickles
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 or 2 chopped scallions
1 - 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the potatoes (skins on). Simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from pot. Let cool enough to handle, but still warm. Remove skins.
  3. Cut potatoes into inch sized cubes.
  4. Put potatoes in to a large bowl. Add the juice from the Kosher dill pickles. Add the finely chopped pickles themselves. Add parsley, onions, celery, scallions and (optional) hard boiled egg.
  5. In a separate small bowl, mix mayonnaise with mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Mix in the dressing with the potato mixture. Again, salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4.

Jclose Jclose 7 years
Just made this, and its delicious definatly the "classic" taste i was looking for.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
My moms tater salad is so good. She slips in some black olives and green olives. Tasty!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Pickles? Seriously!?! I wouldn't say that they are in the "classic version"... I am from Michigan and every "classic" version I can think of (from various families) is: potatoes, mayo, egg, mustard, salt and pepper and add-ins like: celery, onion, carrots and cucumbers.
audreystar audreystar 10 years
you know as much as a tater freak i am i have never been a big fan of tater salad. now my hubby and oldest son love this stuff.
jenjenkimkim jenjenkimkim 10 years
i've been craving for this...yummm
z0mbieFck z0mbieFck 10 years
omg, i'm like, KNOWN in my family for practically eating the whole bowl of it. mmmm...makes me want some now
meganekko meganekko 10 years
Potato Salad, so good but not good for you =(
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I love potato salad -- but I feel so guilty when I eat it!
ddene5713 ddene5713 10 years
i love the potato salad from safeway. hah. and i love when its made with miracle whip. slightly sweeter.
mominator mominator 10 years
I love almost any kind of potato salad. I really like the twice baked potato salad with cheese, bacon, sourcream etc..YUM
grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
I love potato salad! My mom makes the best :)
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