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Potato Salad a South African Version

Potato Salad - What would Spring Be Without It

This magical salad, a really great all year round salad, is a deluxe version of the potato salad that I made every other day whilst working in a German Sausage shop in sunny South Africa.

You ask what are the differences, that make up the deluxe version and why.

The major differences in this version is that In this version I use my Homemade Mayonnaise

The other item that is different is that I add a boiled egg or two for that extra touch of something different.


While I was over in Ireland in 2002, during the Soccer World Cup, I came across a very versatile potato, which over there is called a Rooster, I suppose this is after the colour of the potato skin, I did not ask.

This potato also has a slightly orange flesh and a much firmer texture than that of the other 'common' varieties of potatoes. As I was staying in a bed and breakfast I did not rush out and try some of these new potatoes.

I ended up one evening at an hotel and was having a meal, which had boiled potatoes as the accompanying starch with the meat. I noticed the slightly yellow colour and asked the waitress if these were indeed those Roosters that I had seen in the market place. This was the case and was pleasantly surprised at the subtle difference in taste and texture to the normal varieties.

I am pleased that i am able to obtain them in South Africa, although they are called Rosas over here, but they are the same.

A Dish of Traditional Potato Salad

A Dish of Traditional Potato Salad

Down to the Ingredeints

A Potato Calculator Ideal for Soups Stews and Salads

No family should be without one of these, rather inexpensive and easy to use Irish Potato Calculator - invaluable in calculating how many potatoes are required for any meal.

You hold up your left hand, palm facing you, place your thumb against the palm of your hand.

Instructions for use

  1. Close your fingers into the palm of your hand
  2. Lift up a finger for each person you are catering for,
  3. When you have lifted up all your fingers,
  4. And there are still people to count.
  5. Do the same with your right hand.
  6. If you still have people to count then remember who you still have to count.

As an example their are eight people that are being catered for.

  1. You have eight fingers in the air.
  2. Now close the middle two fingers of each hand, and then you have four fingers in the air, right?
  3. Add the 4 and the 8 and you have twelve.

Therefore you will need 12 potatoes for a family of eight.

There is a much simpler method, for every person allow 1 and a half potatoes.

Various Types of Potatoes

As you can see a potato is a potato

As you can see a potato is a potato

The selection of a potato is important

Top is the Rosa or Rooster which I have gone into great detail about. Except to tewll you this is the most versatile as you can do all types of cooking with it.

Bake, Fry, Boil, Mash

The large one next to it is a Van Der Plank, other cultivars suitable are BP1, Mondail, UTD. Of course a potato this size would score as 1 and 1/2 normal potatoes.

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Finally, and a great favourite of mine for potato salad as well, is baby potatoes. here you would allow 4 to six potatoes per person.

I do not know the names and suitability of any other countries potatoes, so chevk with your green grocer for a good boiling or mashing type of potato.

I bet you all thought a potato was a potato - you where wrong.

Boil Then Remove The Potato Skins

Rosas being skinned for the final stage

Rosas being skinned for the final stage

What is Required


6 potatoes

1 large onion

2 hard boiled eggs

1 teaspoon of parsley

1 cup (250ml) of Home Made Mayonnaise or even supermarket types

2 teaspoons of prepared German Mustard

Salt to taste

Base Ingredients For A Good Potato Salad

Boiled Rosa Potato and Hard Boiled Eggs

Boiled Rosa Potato and Hard Boiled Eggs

How It Is Put Together


  • Boil the required nunber of potatoes until cooked, but not too soft.
  • Boil the eggs for 8 minutes and then place them in cold water to cool down
  • Allow the potatoes to cool down to a temperature so that you can can comfortably handle them
  • Peel the skins off the potatoes
  • Peel the eggs
  • Dice the potatoes into quarters or smaller if you so choose, however if you are using baby potatoes just cut them in half, across the width
  • Place in a large mixing bowl
  • Grate or dice the eggs, the choice is yours
  • Grate or finely chop the onion
  • Add these to the potatoes and mix them together
  • In a smaller mixing bowl combine the Mayonnaise with Mustard and add to egg, onion and potato
  • Mix well and sprinkle the parsley and salt to taste.

There is your basic potato salad, place in refrigerator and serve well chilled.

Ring Out Some Changes

Tired of this as a family standby, then take it for a makeover.

  • Add Crisp Bacon Bits and Garlic Croutons - Mix in before serving
  • Sliced Spicy Sausage and Grilled Garlic - Mix in either the night before or when serving
  • Slivers of smoked turkey or chicken with some sliced gherkins - mix in night before or before serving
  • Make the Salad while potatoes are hot substitute the mayo for a drizzle of Olive Oil and lemon juice serve warm
  • Cold mini meatballs added the night before

For a Vegan Potato Salad

Substitute the mayonnaise with Apricot egg free mayonnaise, be careful to remove the eggs from the potato salad recipe as it wont be Vegan then.

You could even toss in some of the Chickpea lentil burgers into the salad, just make up smaller Balls.

See them here Egg-Free-Recipes


Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on January 12, 2013:

Karen, I have seen a recipe for it and I believe it comes out great, try it with Olive Oil with a touch of lemon juice instead of Mayo.

Let us know how the version/s work out.

How is things otherwise with you.


Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on January 12, 2013:

Hey Rodney,

I've been substituting sweet potatoes for regular potatoes in other dishes (soups, omolets, etc.), as they are low on the GI. However, I haven't considered potatoes salad. I'm going to try it and see how it goes. I'll let you know.

Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on June 12, 2011:

Thanks Jay,the potato salad is as I have discovered by all the various comments andreading other recipe books, Engish, Afrikaans (A South African culture offspring from the original Dutch Settlers who founded or land) Germaan. They all have their versions,yes I even have read American Cookbooks.

The Potato Salad rocks. I will try my next salad once summer comes round, by then you might try adding a couple of tablespoons of Chutney (a spicy hot relish from the Dutch and Indian origins).

Thanks for the comment.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on June 12, 2011:

This is similar to the potato salad version I make, but I didn't realize it was the South African version, too. (Small world, really!) Have you ever added green olives to your potato salad for something a bit different? If not, try it. Very good....

You are obviously a very good cook, Rodney!


Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on July 20, 2010:

Tony, Yes the Irish potato calculator does sometimes cause confusion, especially if one is all thumbs.

Tony Flanigan from East London, South Africa on July 20, 2010:

lmao! my grandaddy was Irish, so I had to use the Irish calculator! It didn't work! (I did fail maths). The Rosa is a great potato, but not very widespread, so I use mondial as much as possible.

Great hubs!

Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on March 23, 2009:

Linjingling, Thanks for the comment, hope you try it sometime , not onl;y creative but tasty as well.

Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on November 11, 2008:

Mighty Mom, yes it is sad that winter does not lend itself to potato salad. But there is hope, have the potatoes as wedgies and dunk them into either of my mayo recipes

Thanks for the comment.

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on November 11, 2008:

Hi Just Rodney -- just coming to find your hub now. As an avowed Irish lass, I love anything potato (or "spuds" as they're sometimes known). I particularly loved your potato calculator! And the photos in your hub are wonderful. Thanks for making my mouth water. It's not potato salad season here anymore -- but this makes me want to mix up a batch of mashies! MM

Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on November 11, 2008:

RGraf, it is sometimes, as I have discovered over my many years of cooking, the little variances, as well as when certain spices go into the dish, which makes a difference.

Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on November 11, 2008:

I cannot wait to try this version. Though I believe I've had similiar ones little variances can make a big difference.

Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on September 21, 2008:

Karen, when I went over for the first time in '87 for a week on education, it too was a homecoming, as my great great grandfather and his brother left Ireland and came over in the 1820's. It was fantastic.

The trip in 2002 was not as magical as Dublin had become Just Another Big City of the World, a lot of the charm was replaced. Again a forthcoming hub, possibly.

Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on September 20, 2008:

Hi Rodney,

This looks delicious. Really, not that different than American Potato Salad. Although I am the kind of cook who is very adventursome. I like to check out the refrigerater and see what I can find. My husband likes mustard added and I like pickles and chuncks of cheddar cheese. I just can't leave a good recipe alone.

Speaking of Ireland. My dream is to go to Ireland one day. I am half Irish on my father's side (who died very young) and half Italian on my Mother's side. I always felt like a fish out of water (I felt Irish) as I grew up with my Italian side of the family. I am afraid that if I visited Ireland, I would not want to come back to the states. The only thing I can figure is that I must have had a previous life time in Ireland as it feels like home and I miss it when I've never been there. Go figure.

Talk to you soon.

Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on September 17, 2008:

G-Ma, Thanks for your additions, I will try it sometime.

Dottie, enjoy it when you do try it.

All thanks for droping me a visit and commenting on the hub, hope you enjoy trying it out sometime. (;-0)

Dottie1 from MA, USA on September 17, 2008:

Never tried the South African version of potato salad. Never had a recipe til now. Printing off and will try it out soon. Thank you.

Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on September 17, 2008:

I love potatoe salad..especially the German one my son-in-law makes...but also have learned how to incorporate mashed left overs potatoes in my salad. I use the small white or red ones and add celery, onions, eggs, mayo,salt,pepper,dill pickles,and spices....mix altogether and let set for a few hours.

Will have to try your method now....Thanks once again for an interesting hub...G-Ma :o) hugs

Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on September 17, 2008:

Thanks Raguett, pleased that you enjoyed the hub.

Meagan Elaine on September 17, 2008:

great article interesting and tasty...

Rodney Fagan (author) from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on September 17, 2008:

Yes it is strange how many and what basic uses each cultivar was for. Thanks for the comment

Clive Fagan from South Africa on September 17, 2008:

Good hub. very informative about the different types of Potato.

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