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A sprinkle of vinegar infuses the potato salad with flavor.

Tossed with mayo, celery, hard-boiled eggs, onion and relish, this is one of the most simple and traditional potato salad recipes around. Sprinkling the still-warm potatoes with vinegar infuses them with more flavor than if you had added the vinegar to the dressing.

Mama's Potato Salad

Serves 12

Serving Size: about 3/4 cup

Active Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 1/4 hours

5 russet potatoes (about 3 pounds)

1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

1/2 cup white-wine vinegar

4 large eggs

1 1/4 cups low-fat mayonnaise

4 stalks celery, finely chopped

1 Vidalia or other sweet onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup sweet or dill pickle relish

Freshly ground pepper to taste


Peel potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Place in a large pot and add water to cover; season with 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well. While still warm, transfer the potatoes to a baking sheet and drizzle with vinegar. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, place eggs in a medium saucepan and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out the hot water and cover the eggs with ice-cold water. Let stand until cool enough to handle before peeling.

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Once the eggs have cooled, remove the shells by tapping each egg gently on the counter or sink all over to crackle it. Roll an egg between your hands to loosen the shell. Peel, starting at the large end, while holding the egg under cold running water; this facilitates peeling. Grate the eggs through the large holes on a box grater or finely chop them.

Combine mayonnaise, celery, onion, pickle relish, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper in a large bowl. Add the cooled potatoes and grated eggs; stir to combine. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to two days.

Recipe nutrition: Per serving: 199 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 68 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrate; 1 g added sugars; 5 g total sugars; 4 g protein; 2 g fiber; 574 mg sodium; 446 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (15 percent daily value)

2 Carbohydrate Serving(s)

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable

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