Straight Up Potato Salad

2016-04-07 17.29.09RECIPE #220, DAY #286


ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Deviled Potato Salad” from Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals 2*

TIMING: 20-30 minutes

DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy. You just have to know when to call a potato “done”

TOOLS: Mostly just a big pot and a strainer

COOK TYPE: Stovetop

HEALTH: I did try to help us out, by replacing most of the mayonnaise with sour cream. (Okay, so I was out of mayo.) So if you can afford the fat in sour cream, then this is a fine vegetable side dish.

2016-04-07 17.36.35EXPERIENCE: The only reason I made this instead of m Almost Dad’s Potato Salad is because it was part of the recipe trio in the 30 Minute Meals book. That means I didn’t need to dig out the ol’ standard recipe. This one is also a simpler recipe, so it makes sense for a weeknight meal instead of a picnic or potluck where you’re showing off your culinary skills.

In the end, it was acceptable… or maybe better than acceptable b/c it worked so well with the sour cream you couldn’t tell the difference. I did think the scallions on top were an afterthought and not cohesive, so I replaced them with pickled red onions in order to create the tang and textural differences you are missing in this simple side.

NOTES: For the 30 Minute Meal-vaganza, pair this with Classic Sloppy Joes and Root Beer Floats.

Click here for my preferred Almost Dad’s Potato Salad. It has more little bits, like pickle and egg and celery, and is also made with mayo. Also, it’s almost the potato salad I grew up with.


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add 2 1/2 pounds peeled and diced Yukon Gold potatoes and gently boil, abut 10 minutes, until tender .Drain and set out to dry out.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup sour cream, 3 tablespoons grated onion, 3 tablespoons yellow mustard, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, and salt and pepper.
  3. Once the potatoes are dry and somewhat cool, gently stir the sauce into the potatoes. Top with pickled red onions and serve warm or cold.


Serve this salad with Sloppy Joes and root beer floats. You’ll feel like you’re eating in a diner–a really good diner. Or how about coney dogs? Or burgers?

*Recipe has been changed from the original.


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