My husband’s family loves enjoying this classic potato salad at family get-togethers!
Sometimes he volunteers to make this for a family party or barbecue. Whether it’s a big family party or a potluck, this is an easy recipe that makes a great side dish for a lot of people! We love enjoying potato salad at summer cookouts!
Old-Fashioned Potato Salad
With farming and raising food part of the rich history on both sides of our family we’ve got so many old-fashioned recipes that are just as good old comfort food!
This Old-Fashioned Potato Salad has been served on the farmhouse tables of several people on my husband’s side of the family. He’s the one that makes this recipe in our house.
I asked my husband for tips on making this family favorite dish. He said, “Potato salad isn’t about measuring out ingredients, it’s about feel or what your taste preference is.” And I had to pause because he just doesn’t use the word feel or feelings very often.
I collected myself and asked him to explain more about the feel of a great potato salad. He dug deep and replied, “If it needs more salt, add more salt, if it needs more moisture add more mayo, for a little more crunch add a little more celery.”
At this point some of you are thinking, wow he should have his own cooking show. Two things you should know about Farmer Joe, he’s not a man of many words, so the shows would be short. Secondly, I asked him why the pieces of celery were so big. I was curious if that’s also part of the family tradition? He replied, “Nope, it’s just the best I could do. I’m not very good at chopping.”
Traditionally a nice firm boiled egg was made by placing eggs in a pot of boiling water for 12 minutes. Now we find that making Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs is a helpful time-saver for our family.
Any further interest in him hosting or serving as a guest on a cooking show, just message me on any social channel, I’ll serve as his agent.
You might have noticed by now that Joe is a practical guy, so logically he used our basic Anchor Hocking glass bowl to serve the Potato Salad in. Another classic side dish that our family really enjoys is this Easy Potluck Pasta Salad. Cheers to great side dishes like these!
How Long to Boil Potatoes for Potato Salad
Wash potatoes, then peel and cube into bite sized pieces or slightly smaller before dropping them in a pot of boiling water.
The amount of time to boil potatoes varies greatly based on how full the pot is, how big the cubes are and your desired tenderness of the finished potatoes. Check potatoes with a fork every five minutes until they are close to desired tenderness.
We prefer potatoes that just barely fall off the fork. Potatoes that easily fall off of a fork will work fine in the salad, they will just create a much softer potato salad that may be more like a mashed potato salad.
Ingredients Needed for Old-Fashioned Potato Salad
- 5 pounds of potatoes
- 8 hard boiled eggs
- 3 stalks celery
- 15 ounces mayonaise
- 2 teaspoons salt
Tips for Making Farmhouse Potato Salad
- Plan to taste several samples as you go along to get the flavor combinations just right.
- For more crunch add more celery.
- If salt isn’t detectable add a pinch or two at a time and stir well until the desired flavor is achieved.
- If the mixture seems dry add more mayonnaise.
- For full flavor use regular mayo, using a lighter version will definitely change the flavors in the recipe.
- The egg yolks can give this recipe a yellowish tinge, but there is no mustard used in this potato salad.
How to Make Farmhouse Potato Salad
- Add bite size cubes of potatoes into a pot of boiling water and boil until the potatoes are just barely fork tender. Drain potatoes
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Store in the refrigerator.
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Printable Farmhouse Potato Salad Recipe
Farmhouse Potato Salad
- 5 pounds potatoes cubed
- 8 eggs hard boiled & chopped
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 15 ounces mayo
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Boil potatoes until they are soft and fork tender. The potatoes are fork tender when you put a fork in the potatoes they fall off the fork.
- Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Be aware of food safety and store the potato salad safely in the refrigerator when not in use.