Grandma Van’s Potato Salad

Since yesterday, the fourth Sunday in October,  is known as  Mother-in-Law Day I thought it is the perfect time to share one of my mother-in-laws most requested recipes. (Actually, I could probably feature one of her recipes each day for 31 days!) First a little bit about my mother-in-law, Trudy (a.k.a Grandma Van).  To begin with she has patiently taught this city girl many things about being a farm wife.  In addition to her many skills and duties on the farm such as milking cows and driving the combine; my mother -in-law has many other wonderful talents including the following: quilting, decorating, entertaining, flower gardening, and baking.  You can usually count on Grandma Van providing a yummy coffee time each morning!  She welcomes anyone who stops in on any given day!  Thank you Grandma Van for all you do!!


Two sweet ladies – my mother-in-law and my soon to be daughter-in-law!!


Grandma Van has fed many calves in her day!


Grandma Van talking about milk replacer to a group of school children.


Grandma Van’s contribution to the sweet corn business – the Gator driver.


Grandma Van sharing her love for quilting with Emily.  (Ever now and then Grandma needs a little help with the computer part of her new long arm quilting machine too!)


Grandma Van (and Grandpa too) with their brood of grandchildren!


*5 potatoes cooked with 1 ½ Tbsp. of salt, drained

8 eggs, hard boiled, sliced


1 ½ Tbsp. mustard

2 cups Miracle Whip

¾ of ½ cup sugar

2 ½ Tbsp. cider vinegar

1/4 – 1/3 c. chopped onion

1 -2 ribs celery, chopped

8 eggs, hard boiled, sliced

Mix dressing, potatoes and eggs together.


*I used potatoes from our garden, so I used 3 qts. quarted potatoes.

Snickers thought we had time to play ball when digging potatoes!  After cooking the potatoes, cool and dice. I like to drain them in a colander and rinse with cold water.  After that I put on a cookie sheet to cool before dicing/cubing.  Grandma Van uses a slicer with wires.  I have used what I have on hand – a French Fry cutter.  (Looks very similar.)  However; it is VERY sharp.

I use an egg slicer to slice the hard boiled eggs.  Mix dressing and add onions and celery.

Mix all ingredients together and chill before serving.


I usually think of potato salad in the summer; however, it has been a little warmer the last few weeks.  In addition, I found this to be a good side for cold sandwiches or warm sandwiches this time of year!

Have a great week!  (Remember to give your mother-in-law an extra hug this week!)


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