Aunt Birdies' Potato Salad

Aunt Birdie was 102 when she died in 1980. But she was still making her famous potato salad, and it was still wonderful. This is a very spare salad - quite unlike the mayonnaise version you may be used to - but it brings out all the sweetness of the potatoes. It gets better as it sits; I like it best on about day 3.

  • 3 pounds small potatoes
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 or 2 onions
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Boil potatoes in jackets, when cool enough to handle peel and slice.

Cut onions and mix into the potatoes.  Season with salt, pepper and sugar.  Over this add oil, mix.

Dilute vinegar with a little water, bring to a boil and add this while hot over the potatoes.  Mix well.

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Published: 2004
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