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The Potato Salad Recipe for People Who Hate Mayonnaise

Doris Day's mayonnaise-free dish is perfect for your next potluck or picnic!

Legendary actress Doris Day "has never been one for celebrating her own birthday" (at least according to her publicist). But that doesn't mean we can't honor the occasion—she turned 95 on April 3—with one of the star's favorite recipes.

While Day has shared many of her favorite dishes over the years, we were particularly drawn to her German potato salad recipe, which appeared in the St. Petersburg Independent newspaper in September of 1968. Mayo-phobes take note: There's none of the goopy white stuff. And in case you need more enticement: There's bacon. It would make the perfect addition to any springtime potluck or picnic.


6 medium-sized potatoes
1 large stalk of celery, chopped into small pieces
3-4 scallions (white part only), thinly sliced
4 slices lean bacon, cut in small strips
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup cider (or wine) vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Cook potatoes in their skins until tender. Cool slightly, peel, and slice into a large bowl. Add celery and scallions. Fry bacon in a saucepan until crisp. Add water and vinegar. Pour over potato-celery-scallion mixture, toss lightly. Cover and marinate thoroughly (several hours or overnight) before serving. Serves 4.

Day also included a final thought: "For a more sour dressing, add more vinegar to the marinade."

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