New York area deli style potato salad
Help, please. In the '50's and 60's every NY area deli served a typical thin sliced potato salad.
I don't think it was made with mayonnaise. It was typically called "German", but had no bacon, and was cold. To me it was ambrosia!!! Recipes, please
I found this recipe which I think is closer to the original request. No mayo in this one and reminds me of the kind my dad (who grew up in Long Island) used to make. This one has bacon but I think you can leave that and the egg out and get closer to what you're looking for.
I looked at both recipes. Neither is what we would get at the local German or Italian delis. There was no onion dices or peppers. When I moved to Fla, there was no place to buy our salads. With mayo (Helmans, of course) it is just potato salad, without mayo and with bacon, it was called German potato salad. Follow the recipe for the first one, but instead of dicing onions, use onion powder. That is the closest we got to the NY style. The German style we used to get had no celery chunks or eggs. Try without them.
I have bought this German potato salad in Queens and Brooklyn and it has always tasted the same and delicious. You could buy it with or without mayonnaise. Not having any recipe I embarked on my own to find the perfect German potato salad. I guess you can use any kind of potatoes but I bought the red ones because they were small in size. I am no cook or chef but after much trial and error this is what I have come up with.
3 lbs. red skinned potatoes
1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise (Hellmann’s) what else?
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 tsp sugar
1/2 cup of water
1/2 chopped onion
Cook potatoes for 30 minutes after they start to boil. Let cool, peel and slice in an egg slicer for uniformly thin slices. Add following ingredients into blender. Mayo, vinegar, pepper, sugar, salt, onion and water. Blend at high speed for 2 minutes. Pour this marinade into bowl and add potatoes. mix well and cover and chill. Marinate overnight. You can experiment with the amounts of vinegar, water and sugar especially if you use more or less potatoes. I hope you like this. Comments welcome. Enjoy.
The epicurious recipe linked by Jenn S, minus the egg, pickle, and scallion, is what the LI delis of that era sold. I grew up on it. If it was a kosher deli, no bacon, of course.