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Recipe: Bud's Potato Salad

This is my Dads potato salad recipe. I have never seen it made this way, and whenever I take a bowl of it somewhere it always leaves empty.

Bud's Potato Salad Ingredients

  • 10 pounds potatoes

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white wine vinegar

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 onions, diced

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon celery seed

  • 2 cups mayonnaise

How to Make Bud's Potato Salad

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and allow to cool.

  2. Slice cooled potatoes and layer in a large bowl or dish.

  3. In a saucepan combine water, vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and pour over potatoes. Cover and chill for at least 12 hours.

  4. Drain excess marinade and add onions, salt, pepper, celery seed and mayonnaise. Mix well and serve chilled.

Bud's Potato Salad Nutritions

  • Calories: 377.3 calories

  • Carbohydrate: 51.5 g

  • Cholesterol: 8.4 mg

  • Fat: 17.8 g

  • Fiber: 5.2 g

  • Protein: 5 g

  • SaturatedFat: 2.7 g

  • ServingSize:

  • Sodium: 140.8 mg

  • Sugar: 12.5 g

  • TransFat:

  • UnsaturatedFat:

Bud's Potato Salad Reviews

  • I have made this salad 3 times now and everyone loves it.I did make a change however. The first time I made this, I found out that I had no celery seed ( I could have sworn I did) so I subbed dill weed for it and its wonderful.I also dont drain all the vinegar mixture as it gives the finished product a kick.You will not be sorry with this recipe.

  • It seemed very unusual to marinate the potatoes especially with the sugar, but this recipe did not disappoint me. The obligatory, ubiquitous potato salads I have made for years seemed so blah. I had some really yummy potato salad at a salad bar the other night and was looking for a new recipe that came close to it. It seemed like it had celery seed in it and maybe some dill. The potatoes themselves also seemed to have something extra. I scaled this to make only of the recipe and added some dill weed and sour cream. I only marinated about 4 hours. It was plenty of time for the potatoes to soak up the marinade. It wasnt as sweet as I thought it would be. I also threw in a couple of hard-boiled eggs even though the restaurant version didnt have any. It wasnt exactly like the one from the salad bar. In fact it may even have been better. I actually enjoyed eating the potato salad for a change. I will make this again.

  • I like this recipe mainly for the marinade. I make my regular potato salad recipe and just marinate the potatoes first. It does make the potatoes softer, so if you like your potatoes a little firmer, maybe this recipe isnt for you. I really like the sweet and tangy flavor the marinade gives the potatoes. It really penetrates the potatoes, so that the flavor isnt all in the mayo mixture. I have made this for family gatherings and have received compliments on it.

  • Great recipe. I have made this twice now - once for the home taste trial and again for an office party. I followed the recipe except that I cooked the potatoes a bit longer than suggested (1/2 hour) by accident and I used 1 1/2 cups of water/vinegar/sugar for the marinade to better cover all the potatoes."Hands-down the best potatoe salad I have eaten in my 36 years on the planet." was the review via email from a co-worker later in the day. This is the only potatoe salad recipe I will use from now on. The vinegar/sugar marinade really imparts a wonderful flavor to the potatoes and the mayo/celery seed add the final touches. Very simple and extremely tasty. Thanks for the great recipe

  • This was a nice change from the usual potato-and-egg salad. I used red potatoes with the skins on, and plain white distilled vinegar because thats all I had. I also doubled the vinegar and water, and cut down the sugar, and marinated it for 4 hours. It tasted great, tangy but not too sweet. I also added dill weed and crumbled 2 pieces of bacon on it. Excellent, will make again.

  • This is an excellent recipe for someone who likes the New York deli style potato salad of yore. I have made it several times, as is and with minor changes; such as using a little dill juice from the pickle jar, a little less sugar. The best time saver I have found is to buy a couple of boxes of store brand scallopped potatoes on sale, put the sauce envelope in the pantry and using only the dehydrated potatoes..boil them for about 15-16 min, then drain and put in bowl, pour marinade over the potatoes as per recipe. Proceed with recipe and is best made the day before using. Thanks, Bud.

  • Easy good and sweet. I added some chopped celery and a little more mayo. Chilled the potatoes and vinegar 8 hours instead of 12.

  • I took this salad to a picnic and everyone loved it, didnt change it in any way. It was delicious, thanks Bud.

  • I made this for a neighborhood barbecue yesterday. We all thought it was too sweet. Were all used to a more "typical" potato salad with crunch.

  • Very different potato salad with the vinegar base, but delicious Time consuming, but worth it for a great company side dish.

  • Loved this potato salad, but prefer to marinate just 3 to 4 hours. I use celery salt instead of regular salt and celery seed. Best made with red potatoes, red wine vinegar also works fine gives it a little more kick. Until I used this recipe I didnt like sugar or vinegar in our potato salad, the wine vinegar makes a world of differance. Be careful not to over cook the potatoes, they dont need to be as soft as with other recipes because they soften while marinating. I also add about a dozen eggs , cant imagine potato salad without eggs.

  • THis has become a favorite and I make it every time we have company over for BBQ. The only thing I change is adding alot of eggs.


  • I made with for a Super Bowl Party with 22 people. It was a huge hit I could not believe it could be so tasty with so few ingredients. I think it makes more like 30 servings. We have been eating it for several days and it is still fabulous. I thought I would need to add pickles and mustard but to my surprise it tasted like they had already been added. Truly a keeper for a crowd or just a few

  • Ive made this 4 times over the summer and decided I love it because it reminds me of east coast potato salad, I LOVE vinegar and its easy. Ive had to play with it a little to get the taste we like (for 2 and add eggs/pickles) to get the right vinegar/sugar/spice combo and I cheat and bake the potatos. I would make it for yourself before making a huge crowd to see if its the type of potato salad for you. The marinade doesnt taste the same as the finished outcome - so dont keep adding sugar like i did the first time Thank you

  • Diana, thank you so much for posting this recipe. My mother used to make the best potato salad, among other things, and unfortunately, I never wrote the recipe down or paid too much attention when she was making it...just couldnt wait to eat it. She passed away recently and I never got the recipe. This is exactly how hers tasted and looked. Sometimes, simple is bestl. Thanks again so much and best to you in 2010 Carmel

  • I have to now have Buds Potatoe Salad in the frig at all times. I make it at least once a week.Im expected to bring it to all family dinnersthanks jbreall

  • Id never made potato salad and was looking for an easy recipe for our wedding party. It was great and there were no leftovers Ive made the recipe again and Ive used both white and red bliss potatoes. The salad has a nice flavor.

  • I was not thrilled with this recipe. I put it out at a BBQ that we hosted this past weekend and no one touched it. I guess I will continue searching for that ultimate potato salad recipe.

  • Followed the recipe to the T and had trouble finding flavor. I ended up having to completely alter the recipe. Wont make again.

  • Diana your dad is a culinary god. This recipe was incredibly easy to make and our 8 guests licked the bowl. The white wine vinagar and sugar is a wonderful marinade and makes the potatoes incredibly flavourful. The only down side is having to peel the potatoes and waiting for it overnight. Give our thanks to your dad. Mark & Kerry - London

  • I really had my doubts before making this salad - not any more My husband said it was the best potato salad he ever had. I couldnt believe how simple it was. This is a keeper

  • This is the best potato salad I have ever eaten I will definately make it again. Thanks for the recipe.

  • This is one of the best potato salad recipes I have ever tried. It is so traditional to a deli style, it is excellent. Does Bud have a Cole Slaw recipe??

  • Excellent At first, I couldnt believe the recipe. How could this have such high ratings, with hardly any ingredients? But after trying it, I realized you dont NEED any other ingredients - the flavor is rich and fabulous. I used red potatos, and left the skin on. Thanks for sharing

  • I hate to bag a family recipe. Honestly. But I thought this tasted very "store bought". The vinegar/sugar taste overwhelmed the mayo and actually made the potatoes sickeningly sweet. I followed the recipe EXACTLY. Took it to a 40 person bbq and it was hardly touched. Maybe it would be okay if you didnt soak the potatoes? I dont know. But Im not going to find out.

  • This recipe is delicious I sauteed one chopped onion and a clove of garlic in a bit of butter and added it to the recipe along with some chopped hard boiled eggs. This is the potato salad Ill be making from now on. Thank you

  • This is a really great recipe. I am not usually a fan of potato salad, but I LOVE this recipe, as has everyone who has tasted it. I highly recommend it for those who love potato salad and even for those who dont, because you will after you taste this I should add that I also put in a few hard boiled eggs, which makes it even better.

  • Overall the recipe was disappointing. Visually it wasnt appealing and the taste was fairly bland. My guests barely touched the potato salad and no one had seconds. I will stick with the ranch potato salad.

  • I really thought it was too sweet but I just had to try it for myself...

  • Far too sweet for us. I served it at a bbq with all men and no one came back for seconds.

  • This was an excelent recipe. I added a tablespoon of mustard and white horseraddish, along with some dried dill which I thought added a nice touch :)

  • Excellent recipe, never would have believed it with these unusual ingredients, and I was never a big potato salad fan...til now. Added green onions, parsley, little cilantro for color, little less mayo & sugar, & added a little red pepper, as well. Fantastic

  • This turned out great I got TONS of rave reviews. I added boiled eggs, sweet pickles, a little less mayo and some mustard (cause thats just how you make it in my area). I will make my potato this way ALL the time now

  • Good stuff I added some chopped celery and sweet relish... will probably just add the relish next time. Never heard of doing potato salad this way, but i LOVE the tangy sweetness the marinade gives the potatoes. Will definitely be my go to method from now on, thanks :)

  • This was ok, but I still like mayo, onions and celery the best.

  • I made this for my 12 year old grandaughters birthday party and it was a total hit. Love that you make it the night before. Lovely flavour and texture.

  • Absolutely fantastic.

  • The marinade really sets this one apart. I took other reviewers advice and use about half the mayo. For me, potato salad MUST have hard-boiled eggs and celery, so I add about 4-6 eggs and about a cup of celery (in addition to the celery seed). I also marinade the onions along with the potatoes. This doesnt last long at my house

  • Good potato salad...sweet and tangy. I usually halve the recipe because it makes a lot. I also add eggs and relish.

  • Im not a real potato salad fan, so when someone asked me to bring potato salad to a potluck, I thought Id try something different from the usual mayo and mustard concoction. This was a little more work than ordinary potato salad, but I thought it was worth it. I was concerned that it would be a little unusual for some people, but everyone liked it and several people requested the recipe. Thanks for a good recipe.

  • This recipe is great as is or just use the marinade and do your own thing with the dressing, veggies and add ins. Real NY deli taste...Thank God...Im stuck in Virginia

  • Worth the time and effort it is very tasty

  • This was the most original potato salad that Id ever tasted Its fast and easy, too. Very refreshing on hot days and goes well with most any meal. Great for those of us who dont like eggs in their potato salads.

  • Great recipe The only change I made was to add a couple of hardboiled diced eggs to it. It turned out really well and was a hit at our cook out. Just a reminder - make sure to give yourself plenty of time to marinate the potatoes. Its definitly worth the extra time

  • This salad was great I used light mayo and didnt use the celery seed and my husband, who usually says why did you make so much potato salad said, why didnt you make more of this?? I used 5 pounds of potatoes and halved the amounts for the marinade. I will make this again and again

  • I absolutely LOVE this potato salad. It is very much like mom used to make, but maybe just a little bit better.Thanks,Diana for the great recipe

  • Great Thanks this ones a keeper

  • I really didnt like this recipe; I found it very very sweet to the point were it was just overwhelming. I made this during the weekend when we had people over for lunch - not one of us like it.

  • This recipe rocks I have always wondered how I could get more flavor in the potatoes themselves. I thought marinating them would make them all mushy. I made this recipe exactly as directed, and it is superb. I added some hard boiled eggs though. We love it

  • This is the best potato salad I made it for a picnic and everyone raved about it. This will definitely become a staple at all of our picnics

  • Very good potato salad. I like the sweet and tangy flavor of the marinated potatoes. I used green onions, instead of regular yellow or white, because I had some on hand that needed to be used. I also added some chopped boiled egg to the salad (because that is one of the the things I like about my own recipe).

  • I made this for my mom to take to work one day. She said everyone loved it and several asked me if I would give away "my" recipe.

  • My husband liked this quite a bit, it was too sweet for me though. I guess I prefer a more traditional potato salad taste, with more crunch. This was sweet along the lines of deli potato salad. My husband did like it enough though, that he would want it again.

  • Good but need to cut the sugar to 1/2 of what the recipe calls for. Was too sweet. Start with 1/4 of the sugar called for and add until desired sweetness


  • Interesting. I think I will make it again. I do know I liked it, but I dont know how much. This is a conversation piece for sure.

  • This is an excellent recipe I did add some red and green pepper to it to add a little crunch and color. The time it takes is well worth it Thank you, this is a keeper

  • Excellent I think marinating the potatoes is key to the recipe. I used red potatoes and added 5 hard boiled eggs, a jar of pickles (shredded), and a tsp of dijon mustard in addition to the basic recipe. Thank you for sharing

  • Potato salad lovers...GO with this one Excellent with no leftovers on a boat party Minor changes personal taste. Scaled it back to half recipe, using one 5lb bag RED potatoes, scrub, leave peels on (easy) cubed to about 3/4" size, simmered in tall large skillet salted water until firm (not mushy)about 12-15 minutes. Marinated overnight in ziplock bag. Used 1 small bunch green onions (only 1/2 green parts) & some red onion. I had to add eggs (5) & celery for crunch Do NOT be afraid to marinate the potatoes...this is what makes this recipe so special Maybe some posters did not drain the marinade off when they posted it was mushy or vinegary??? Just a thought...

  • Been making potato salad forever, and it always came up lacking something. Just used this recipe for the first time. Had no celery seed, but added celery. Perfect

  • The marinade is the key to this recipe. Otherwise I actually used low fat mayo with low fat sour cream which worked perfect. I also added hard boiled egg. it was delish.

  • I was very skeptical as I am a big fan of a traditional potato salad, but I was in the mood to try something new. This recipe is fabulous I liked the sweet/tangy flavor the sugar vinegar bath gave it, but I also like that I had to use less mayo, but still ended up with the creamy consistency I like. I did add mustard, eggs, and bell pepper as that is my personal preference. Thank you for this "secret recipe" potato salad. A new favorite

  • Very good My familys summertime favorite.

  • Excellent flavor I added some finely chopped red pepper for a bit of color. Really nice for a change from "traditional" potato salad.

  • This was weirdly great Next time ill add less sugar bc it was a little on the sweet side. I also add chopped carrott bc they look pretty and taste great in there.

  • I didnt really care for this potato salad,but alot of people really liked it, im asked to bring it to gathering often

  • This should be called buds BEST potato salad made this for mothers day and everybody LOVED it the ingredients were perfect the vinegar wasnt to overpowering it was GREAT

  • What a great potato salad recipe--I didnt change a thing. Ive made it several times, and its the only recipe Ill use from now on. The hot sugar/vinegar marinade is what makes it great. And it makes a ton I may never make the straight mayo/hard-boiled egg variety again. Thanks for sharing.

  • This was VERY good I was sceptical about lemon juice in potato salad... my hubbys a mayo/mustard potato salad guy, so this was a gamble. I couldnt get him out of the bowl Best the day of making, after a day or two, the eggs taste hard & the dressing is absorbed too much for it to be real creamy anymore. Great for company & picnics Will use often, thats certain

  • Very good with a nice taste to the potatoes. I used cider vinegar-because that is what I had. Kids thought it was really good.

  • Very tasty. I was a bit surprised by the bite from the vinegary marinade. I added a handful of shredded carrots to dress it up. Also, I substituted crushed fennel seed because I didnt have celery seed.

  • This recipe makes the best potato salad Ive ever tasted. I didnt change a thing and everyone gushed.

  • My style of potato salad. Tasty and flavorful. All the picknicker enjoyed it.

  • TERRIFIC flavor This will be the next dish I tote along to the church Pot Luck dinner. I will also be trying this recipe using red potatoes and purple onion. Great recipe Thanks

  • Very good, I cut the mayo and added a teaspoon of sour cream. I will make this again. Thanks -

  • My husband loved this. Ive tried all sorts of potato salad recipes, and though he always says that it tasted good, hes never asked me to make any of them again.. until now

  • This is absolutely a hit. The first time I made it everyone loved it and now it is one of my more requested dishes. In fact, I made it three times in less than two weeks for different get togethers. It has great flavor and the leftovers are even better.

  • Pretty tasty, but doesnt really strike me as being necessarily any more tasty than other potato salad recipes.

  • I made this recipe for a small crowd so I had to cut it in half. I did add dijon mustard to the mayo and it was really good. Next time Id use less mayo. Overall, great salad Thanks for sharing. By the way, Im not sure there should be a kid rating for potato salad, they really dont like any potato salad.

  • This recipe was okay but not one that I would rave about to my friends.

  • Im not a big fan of potato salad, but this is really good. I brought it to a family gathering and everyone loved it (even family members who never eat potato salad).

  • I brought this to our familys Memorial Day Picnic. It was a HIT One of the comments made was..."It tastes like Hot German Potato Salad, only cold. Yummy"

  • This is a very good alternative to our usual potato salad. I took it to a family reunion & brought the bowl home empty

  • Very different taste and great Very well liked in my family. Thanks

  • Easy to make, fantastic flavor, and NO EGGS. Will make this one often.

  • Years ago my mother ate potato salad at a wedding. She always wondered how it was made because it was all white and tasted really refreshing. We tried this recipe and think its the one Great and easy to make

  • Im not sure what I did wrong, but my potatoes came out SUPER soupy. I drained the marinade off, but I did something wrong, I guess. The flavor of the marinaded potatoes was AMAZING. I was really nervous when I used the vinegar and sugar, but it was SO good in the potatoes I should have just left it like that and not added the mayo Anyway, give it a shot

  • My husband owes me whenever I make this salad Thanks so much for a great recipe

  • A very tasty recipe Will definitely use this recipe again, thanks

  • It was so easy to make. And the taste is incredible.

  • I am a picky potato salad person so Im giving this 4 stars...Ive yet to have a 5 star (perfect) potato salad. I followed this recipe exactly and the day after it sat in the vinegar, we did as it said, drained the vinegar mixture and added the mayo, onion, etc. My husband and I thought it was okay but we could still really taste the vinegar. The taste was OKAY. Then, we let it sit another day with the mayo and it was DELICIOUS the next day. I would therefore make this 48 hours prior to serving...the day before with the vinegar mixture, drain, then add all the rest of the ingredients to it and allow it to sit another day. It is definitely worth the time if you have it I would say this is definitely one of the best recipes so far

  • Loved it, loved it, loved it This is the secret to the potato salad. Mine was always missing something, Not anymore

  • Delicious and easy. I did reduce the mayo by half and added a few tablespoons of dijon mustard. Yum

  • Ive been told more than once that this is best potato salad my guests have ever had.

  • This was good. I halved the recipe and used onion and garlic salt instead of diced onions. Sprinkled with paprika. Next time I may substitute some of the mayo for ranch dressing or plain yogurt.

  • Delicious Brought it for a potluck party and was asked for the recipe I added some hardboiled eggs, sliced into wedges on the top but other than that, followed the recipe exactly Thanks.

  • This is good stuff. I used baby red potatoes and it turned out delicious.

  • I served this at a party tonight and everyone wanted the recipe Thanks

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