Picnic Potato Salad

This homemade salad dressing was my Grandma Cooley’s. She used to make it and passed it along to my mom who used it as the base for her potato salad. It has great flavour, but I sometimes add extra spices and/or pickle juice for a little extra kick when making potato salad. Prepared mustard is also great for kicking up the flavour in the final stages if you feel you need to.

Grandma Cooley’s Homemade Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • To use for potato salad , you will need to add milk and either Miracle Whip or Mayo


Place all of the ingredients in a double-boiler. Stir and cook over boiling water until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and refrigerate. To use this dressing recipe for a potato salad, my mom would combine equal parts of the dressing with milk and either Miracle Whip or Mayo. She suggested using 1/3 of a cup of each. Mix to combine and stir into potato salad.

Potato Salad:

When making a potato salad, I generally make about 1 potato per person. I alter the additional items based on the number of potatoes I use in the salad. Although I don’t always use the same ingredients, this is what I generally add to the base salad.

        • Russet potatoes ~ peeled, boiled, chopped and cooled
        • chopped celery
        • chopped radish
        • diced red onion or sliced green onions
        • dill
        • salt and pepper to taste
        • chopped sweet or dill pickles
        • 4 to 8 hard boiled eggs (chopped in the salad and/or sliced to decorate the surface)
        • paprika sprinkled on top

If you’re are planning to serve a number of people and need to make a large salad, you may want to try this speedy method of removing the peels from all of those potatoes. Brilliant!