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Mom's 3-Day Potato Salad

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"Mom's potato salad perfection takes 3 days: Day 1 to peel and boil both the potatoes and eggs, then refrigerate overnight or until cold. Day 2 to prep and assemble ingredients. Day 3 to age (marinate flavors together overnight) but no matter how much is"

Serves 12-16 | Prep Time 3 days | Cook Time 20 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

Ever notice everyone believes their mom's potato salad is the best? I have researched this phenomenon only to assess my mom's potato salad actually IS the best due to a secret step in her recipe. Ingredients found in potato salad are pretty standard, so what is the secret? It's in the timing and the careful steps taken. It's aged in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours so the flavors can marry together. So there it is.

Ingredients You'll Need

12 Idaho potatoes, peeled & cut into chunks
8 eggs
1 large onion
4-5 celery stalks, trimmed
Dill weed, snipped or 1 dill pickle, diced
1/2 cup sliced olives
Salt to taste
Smoked Paprika


Day One: Boil potatoes and eggs until done. Allow to cool completely. Peel eggs and submerge in cold water to avoid drying out. Refrigerate potatoes and eggs until cold.

Day Two: Dice onion and celery stalks. Chop eggs and combine potatoes, onions and celery.

Add snipped dill and olive slice.

Slowly add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to mixture until desired consistency. Not too wet or too dry, but just enough to mix all ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle smoked paprika over potato salad and refrigerate for at least 24 hours for desired results.

Day Three: Enjoy!

Pairs Well With

Summer BBQ

Questions, Comments & Reviews

This sounds almost exactly like my potato salad recipe, I put sliced olives in mine also. I usually am requested to make 10 lbs for picnics and I rarely have any leftover.

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