In my childhood there were many foods that I simply refused to touch, usually because they constituted of at least eighty-five percent mayonnaise or were some strange vibrant hue I’d only ever seen on the Simpsons. I also absolutely hate miracle whip, sweet pickles and any other sugar heavy way of ruining a good thing, which is what many a southern belle uses in her family recipe. As I got older I realized that food didn’t have to suck just because other people didn’t know how to make it the particular way that I liked it. Thankfully my mother waited the customary fifteen years before ever trying to serve me potato salad again and as it turns out not only do I really love potato salad, but I love my mothers recipe.
Traditionally speaking, as told in Baptist cookbooks everywhere, potato salad has about five hundred thousand ingredients. This isn’t something that I can get behind. I’m a bit of a purist so for me the simpler a recipe is the tastier it will be. Why add seven different seasonings when salt and pepper work just fine? My mothers potato salad channels more of a deviled egg sort of flavor, so adding a bit of smoked paprika over your individual serving once it’s all said and done wouldn’t be totally remiss. Other than that, I hope you’re all prepared for what is literally the simplest potato salad recipe on the planet.
4 boiled russet potatoes
5 boiled eggs
1/4 cup mayo
1 heaped tablespoon mustard, her recipe calls for brown which is a more complex flavor but all I had was yellow “hot dog mustard” and it worked just fine
1 handful of pimento stuffed green olives
Salt and pepper to taste
I could see a lot of variations working out great in this recipe. I think it would be great with dill or green onions. Chili pepper, garlic flakes or onion powder would not be a bad idea either. The great thing about a delicious and incredibly simple recipe is that you can add onto it however you want. I’m really glad that this recipe eventually came back around and that I got to realize just how much I love a good homemade potato salad.
Everyone say thank you mom!
Lots of Love,