Secret Ingredient Potato Salad


I know, everyone has a recipe for potato salad.  After all, it's a summertime staple at picnics, BBQ's and weeknight meals.  Simple, minimal ingredients that we usually all have on hand, and creamy & delicious.  So what in the world can kick it up a notch?

I'm happy you asked!


It's a very simple ingredient that I'm sure you have in your pantry.  Good old white distilled vinegar.  I make a super simple potato salad and the vinegar added to the still warm potatoes infuses them perfectly with flavor.


About the ingredients
I usually use either red or Yukon potatoes only because that's what I almost always have on hand.  Russets are too dry so avoid those, but you can certainly use white, red or Yukon and get delicious results.

Mayo is a hot topic, isn't it?  I've come to learn that people get a bit fanatical regarding their preference of either Miracle Whip or mayo.  Use what you prefer.  We don't use Miracle Whip at all only because it's slightly sweet and just doesn't appeal to us.

Our potato salad is ultra-yellow because of the fabulous coop girls eggs.  Their yolks are an amazing yellow making anything I make with them a beautiful vibrant sunny color.

The key is ensuring you are adding the white vinegar while the potatoes are still warm and then letting them sit 15 minutes or so in order to allow them to soak in the deliciousness.

We actually like to eat our potato salad slightly warm but the flavors meld even better if allowed to sit for a few hours in the refrigerator once pulled together.




Secret Ingredient Potato Salad 
5 medium White, Red, or Yukon potatoes, about 2 pounds
1 1/2 Tablespoons white distilled vinegar (or about 1 1/2 capfuls)
1/2 small onion, diced
3 hardboiled eggs, peeled & chopped
3/4 - 1 cup mayonnaise
salt & pepper to taste

Peel the potatoes and chop in half or in quarters.  Place in pan and cover with cold water.  Bring to boil over high heat, then turn down to medium-high and boil approximately 10 minutes, or until just done when pierced with a sharp knife.  Drain.  Pour vinegar over warm potatoes and let cool.

Once potatoes are cooled, dice.  In a medium bowl combine the diced potatoes, onion & eggs.  Pour any vinegar/water remaining in the pan over the top.  Stir in mayonnaise.  If using salt & pepper, sprinkle on to taste.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.



5 comments

daisy g said...

Can you substitute apple cider vinegar for the white vinegar, or does it affect the taste? Thank you so much for this, I've been trying to figure out why my potato salad never tastes quite the way I want it to. I think I didn't add enough vinegar. I'll be making this this weekend for us to enjoy.

Happy weekend!

daisy g said...

Oh yeah-what a cute lil' bowl!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks so much Daisy! I've never used apple cider vinegar only because I feel like it would overpower the salad with a vinegar-y flavor. If you end up trying the ACV, please let me know how it turns out!

daisy g said...

Just wanted you to know that I made the potato salad last weekend with the ACV and it was dee-lish! This one's a keeper! Thank you for sharing.

Pat at Heaven Scent said...

My mother used pickle relish, basically the same idea! Like you, she put it on the potatoes first thing, and insisted that potatoes need to be seasoned while still warm. First the relish with a good bit of juice, then Hellman's mayo, salt and pepper. When chilled, would stir in chopped celery and sprinkle with paprika when serving. Very effective and delicious!