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Old Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe

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This old fashioned potato salad is made with a boiled dressing. You don’t see that as often these days but it is quite good.

The sauce is creamy with a bit of kick from cider vinegar and turmeric, but is nice and rich too with the bit of butter that is added.

I love it with the vegetable additions I suggest below.

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Old Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe

This old fashioned potato salad is made with a sauce that is creamy with a bit of kick from cider vinegar and turmeric.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 217 kcal


  • 4 cups potatoes, cooked, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch turmeric
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons butter


  • Cook the potatoes whole, with their skins on. When they are cooked and cooled, peel the skins off with a knife and cut them into small cubes.
  • In a heavy saucepan or top of a double boiler mix the sugar, flour, dry mustard, salt and turmeric. Stir together well. Whisk in milk, egg yolk and vinegar.
  • Cook the mixture over a saucepan of simmering water or in a double boiler, over medium heat, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the butter. Let the mixture cool, stirring often. The dressing will keep thickening as it cools.
  • Pour the dressing over the potatoes and mix lightly until thoroughly combined.


Calories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 676mgFiber: 3gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 84IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg
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Makes 6 servings.


  • You can add 1/4 of a red pepper, finely chopped if you would like. Add it to the potatoes before you add the dressing.
  • 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped, plus 1/2 onion finely chopped are also nice additions. Add them when you would add the pepper.

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