Potato Salad with Condensed Milk (South African)

Potato Salad with Condensed Milk is my American adaptation of a classic South African recipe, for lovers of potato salad  everywhere.

Potato Salad with Condensed Milk

Potato Salad with Condensed Milk

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Potato Salad with Condensed Milk is my recipe of the day with the blogging  group Sunday Funday. By now you must realize my food blogging friends and I are hanging out each and every week. And we are posting recipes on the same topic. This week we have some extra recipes for Easter sides and desserts.

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Potato Salad with Condensed Milk

A Favorite Easter Side Dish

My choice is for potato salad. Spring is in full swing. And with the warm weather, Easter is like opening day at the ballpark for having potato salad. It is the perfect potluck item for family dinners. You can serve it with anything. Especially things like baked ham.

There are literally so many good ways to make potato salad. And this is another one. I love potato salad so much I am certain I will try them all. Of course with my own tweaks and choices of flavors.

New and Different Potato Salad Recipes

One day recently I saw someone came to the blog after searching for South African potato salad made with condensed milk. I’ve got lots of potato salads posted, but none for that. Until now.

You see, I hadn’t even heard of it before. And I am such a big fan of potato salad, I had to give it a try. And being American, I have never been in South Africa to taste it there. So I scoped out what was supposed to be in it. Made some adjustments according to my own personal disagreements on how a potato salad should taste. I mean-  I have my own way with dressings for salad.

I can’t help but think some recipes I saw were so unbalanced on the sweetness that I wasn’t going  there. What I presented was something I would make again. I mean, I realize up front that condensed milk sounds a little weird. But it actually works. IN the right proportions. 😉 So I hope you enjoy this one.

The only other thing was that most of this type recipe includes eggs. The person who was searching my recipes wanted the result to be no egg. And I am good with that. I make salads either way. If you want eggs in  yours, add about 2 hard  cooked, and increase the mayo until it is moist enough to stir those in nicely.

And no fair commenting that it is not your grandmother’s recipe so I must be a demon from the depths of hell. I am not your grandmother. Up front I have disclosed this is not 100% authentic. So you have been warned. You are advised to eat this one. rofl! 🙂

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Potato Salad with Condensed Milk

Potato Salad with Condensed Milk

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Potato Salad with Condensed Milk

Potato Salad with Condensed Milk

Sue Lau
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine African
Servings 6
Calories 485 kcal


  • 3 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons German mustard
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet red onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed


  • Boil potatoes whole and unpeeled for 15-20 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Cool under cold water until cool enough to handle, then peel and dice.
  • Whisk together remaining ingredients for dressing.
  • Gently fold in potatoes and chill.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com


Calories: 485kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 7gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 708mgPotassium: 1036mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 66IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Easter Side Dish, no egg, South African recipe
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7 responses

    • My reaming for adding some spice to poi was fresh in my mind. You’d think it was some sort of culinary insurrection. I’m danged if I make something the authentic way and danged if I don’t. There’s always someone out there ready to bone pick and they came to my blog from some site I posted it at years ago, running me down like bloodhounds. rofl!

  1. I can see how this works since it’s not super sweet. You will certainly get the Miracle Whip lovers on board as the sweetened mayo is perhaps not unlike that salad spread. People can get weirdly defensive (and offensive) about dishes from their heritage or childhood. I say, screw ’em!

    • Thing with the poi is I said up front it wasn’t authentic. I could understand if I took it and claimed it was from my heritage. But I did not. I think people just enjoy bitching about stuff-

  2. I would have never thought of using sweetened condensed milk for a salad. I thought it would make the salad more on the sweetish side. However, you have convinced me to give it a try.

  3. I love it! Actually potato salad is something I have started enjoying recently (I never did like potatoes) so I am looking out for ways to make better salad. Using condensed milk in a potato salad and it not being too sweet is what I will love. Thanks.

    • I love all kinds of potato salads so it was an interesting twist. Reminds me a bit of my mom’s salad which she liked Miracle Whip in.

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