Sue Makes Potato Salad

Lesson 32 of When Sue Began to Cook finds Ruth Ann and Sue making Potato Salad. Once the ingredients are cooked and chilled, putting together the salad requires little effort. Sue’s mother Bettina has already cooked the potatoes and the eggs and refrigerated them. Everything is ready for the girls’ lesson. If this is your first foray into When Sue Began to Cook, click the linked title to see the first cooking lesson. That’s where the story begins, as Sue and her mother Bettina concoct the idea of cooking lessons to help a grieving young friend.

As always, we peek into Sue’s notes for the day’s lessons and her plans for the finished food…

Sue’s Notes as she makes Potato Salad

Ruth Ann and I both know how to boil potatoes. We have done it lots of times lately when we weren’t having a lesson. So Mother excused us from that this morning. We used some cold ones left over from dinner last night becuase the potatoes ought to be very cold when you make potato salad out of them.

We didn’t boil the eggs ourselves, either, but it wasn’t cheating because we already knew just how and Mother said they had to be cold, too.

Fourth of July

Ruth Ann and I are a committee of two — a secret committee — to promote a Harmless Fourth of July in this neighborhood! [This particular lesson is dated June 30, so the Fourth is on Sue’s mind.]

It was all Mother’s idea in the first place. You see, Robin came home with his head full of exciting stories about the fireworks that Teddy and Clarence Patrick and Clyde and all the other boys were going to buy — big cannon crackers and everything. He wanted to take the money out of his tin bank right away and go down and buy fireworks too.

Mother managed to make him put it off for a few days while she talked to Ruth Ann and me. “Can’t you get the boys interested in a Harmless Neighborhood Fourth? A parade and a picnic lunch and a ball game and other things? We won’t have any fireworks except evening ones, and the fathers will manage those. If you girls can make it all seem really interesting, I’m sure the boys will agree.”

Well, it wasn’t a bit hard after the idea was once launched and today Ruth Ann and I have been learning to make Potato Salad. Because we’re going to make al lteh Potato Salad for the Neighborhood Picnic on the Fourth, and it must be the best salad there ever was.


Note: The recipe calls for Creamy Salad Dressing. Click the link to see that lesson.

Sue Makes Potato Salad

Recipe from When Sue Began to Cook.
Course: Luncheon, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American


  • 2 cups boiled potatoes, diced cold
  • 2 eggs, hard boiled, diced cold
  • ¼ cup sweet pickles cut up fine
  • ¼ cup celery cut up fine
  • 1 Tbsp onion cut up fine
  • tsp salt
  • tsp paprika (a rounded ¼ tsp is ⅓ tsp)
  • cup Creamy Salad Dressing thinned with a little cream
  • Lettuce to put under the potato salad in a serving bowl


  • We diced the potatoes very carefully, and we also diced the hard cooked eggs. The potatoes and the hard boiled eggs both need to be cold.
  • We cut up the celery with the kitchen scissors, and also cut the sweet pickle and the onion with them. The onion had to be snipped very fine.
  • When the food was all cut up we added the salt and paprika and mixed it in a big bowl. After it was well mixed we stirred in the salad dressing.
  • We lined a bowl with cold crisp lettuce and put our salad in it. Then we set the bowls in the icebox to keep cold until they were needed.


Note: The Creamy Salad Dressing used in this recipe is also from When Sue Began to Cook. It is from Lesson 26.