Bud's Potato Salad

Bud's Potato Salad


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

Ingredients 13 h 20 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 377 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 377 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 17.8 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 51.5g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 5 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 141 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  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.
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  1. 152 Ratings

Susan Sunderman

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 it's wonderful. I also don't 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 ΒΌ 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 wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be. I also threw in a couple of hard-boiled eggs even though the restaurant version didn’t have any. It wasn’t 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 isn't for you. I really like the sweet and tangy flavor the marinade gives the potatoes. It really penetrates the potatoes, so that the flavor isn't all in the mayo mixture. I have made this for family gatherings and have received compliments on it.