Like what you see? Share it with your friends!

Do you have those moments when you’re eating something you are really enjoying the flavour of, and then you think about how much you hated that particular food when you were younger?  It happens to me quite a bit, especially over the past three years.  I really do believe that living with The Vegetarian and being subjected to more vegetables and such has changed my tastes for certain foods.

Mustard Potato Salad

For example, I wouldn’t dare eat a mushroom, or anything with onions or celery in it a few years ago.  Green and red peppers were completely out of the question!  And this Mustard Potato Salad was on my hate list as well.  I must have been the near death of my poor mother with my pickiness!

Mustard Potato Salad

In a few previous posts, I mentioned the most glorious meal on earth for this guy, which is the Newfoundland Cold Plate, and well, this is one of the three varieties of potato salad served during that particular meal.  My mother always prepared three potato salads on Sunday’s, but I wouldn’t touch this particular one to save my life!  Now, I can’t get enough of it!

Mustard Potato Salad

Most of the people I know who aren’t from Newfoundland, tend to screw up their noses when I mention these traditional foods.  But, until we try it, we never know just how good it tastes!  The strong flavours of mustard are evident in this potato salad, but are subdued by the creamy texture the mayonnaise adds, and the slightly sweet taste from the sugar.

Mustard Potato Salad

Simple, easy, rustic, and delicious – that’s what these traditional Newfoundland potato salads are all about!  Here’s a link to my Pickled Beet Potato Salad!

Mustard Potato Salad
Cook time
Total time
  • 1 pound white flesh potatoes, peeled, boiled until fork tender
  • ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup canned mixed vegetables, drained
  1. Drain the boiled potatoes and allow to slightly cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Mash the potatoes very well. If you have a potato ricer, I would suggest you use it. You want the potatoes to be lump-free.
  3. Add the prepared mustard, mayonnaise, sugar, and mixed vegetables.
  4. Stir well to incorporate all of the ingredients.
  5. Transfer to a glass bowl with a tight fitting lid and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
  6. Serve cold with chicken, pork, or beef. This potato salad is wonderful as a side with pan-fried salmon!
When buying the canned mixed vegetables, I encourage you to stay away from canned peas and carrots - it just will not taste the way it is meant to be. Try to find canned vegetable medley which consists of corn, green peas, carrots, green beans, etc.

Mustard Potato Salad

Like what you see? Share it with your friends!

This Post Has 10 Comments

    1. Thanks, Karen. To be completely honest, I save it for special occasions. It takes me back to simpler times and I like that. 🙂

  1. I think all of our tastes change as we get older, there are many things I eat now that I would not dare to eat as a child… And the other way round too!

    This sounds like a really intriguing idea gonna have to give it a try at some point as I can’t work out in my head how it would taste!

    1. It’s hard for most people to wrap their head around – mashed potatoes, mayo, canned mixed veggies, sugar, and mustard! But, somehow – magically, I guess – it works!

  2. This looks so much like my mom’s potato salad (which I also hated as a kid, but can’t get enough of today). She actually added in pickle juice and hard boiled eggs, but certainly mustard too!!

  3. The mustard/mayo mix reminds me of the “Southern” potato salad they’d sell at the grocery store growing up. The potatoes weren’t mashed, just cubed, and the vegetables were limited to carrots and peas and I think they were more steamed than canned, but I’m not sure because it was served cold. They also added eggs.

    Your version here reminds me of the type of potato salad my dad would talk about his grandmother making when he was growing up, but I need to check if the potatoes were mashed there or just sliced thin. And until now, I didn’t know Newfoundland loved potato salad so much. Thank you for teaching me something new today.

    1. I’ve had potato salad in the south, and it was awesome! I’ve had authentic German potato salad, and it was awesome! But, make no mistake about it, my dear, Mary, Newfoundlander’s are very passionate about their potato salad. LOL. And, it’s the awesomest! 😉

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: