Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Potato salad, an old-school favorite


Potato salad is a Southern favorite.
Potato salad is a Southern favorite.

Potato salad is about as old school Southern as it gets, right? Well it may be your grandmother did make a killer potato salad, but this popular, inexpensive and filling recipe has been made around the world for generations.

If you have a few spuds left over, an egg and some oil, then you have the basics, but there is so much more you can add to a potato salad.

The Germans have made their version, Kartoffelsalat, famous by combining vinegar, bacon, parsley and red onions and serving it warm.

Other possible ingredients include pickles, boiled egg, capers, fresh herbs, and even a fiery jalapeño or two if you like.


6 cups cubed red potatoes

1 chopped green bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped red onion

2 good dashes red wine vinegar

1-2 tablespoons good German mustard

2-3 tablespoons best quality mayonnaise

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil as needed

Boil the potatoes in plenty of heavily salted water, drain when tender, and set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients, and mix well. Taste, season and add olive oil as needed. Now fold in the potatoes, don't over mix or the potatoes will be mashed. Taste again and season as necessary.