After all, homemade potato salad is the best! That way we can adjust the salt & vinegar and get relief from the boredom of ready-made salads.
Photos: 1997/02/26 , Made on: 1997/03/08

Reference books: none
This recipe is a family favorite. No matter how much I make it's always gone by the next day. I don't use a potato masher. In stead I break my potatoes up with chopsticks. A large potato will break neatly into 4-5 pieces this way. "GOROGORO" means "a lot of round things" in Japanese. That's why we call this "GOROGORO POTATO SALAD", because it has lots of round pieces of potato. Also, chopsticks are easier to clean than a masher! Onion and potato salad does not have an exciting color. But, for those who don't care about color, this salad has the advantage of being easy to make. If you DO care about color, the rules are simple: carrot for orange, egg for yellow and cucumber for green.

The potato salad is delicious in sandwiches. Then spread plenty of whole grain mustard and butter.

Ingredients serves 4

  • 5 russet or baking potatoes(approx.800g)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 1-2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • black pepper, as you like
  • 5-7 tablespoons mayonnaise(depending on your taste)
    • Generally mayonnaise is not measured in tablespoons.
    • 1-2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
      A substitute for cucumber can be boiled broccoli cut into small pieces.

Cooking time

Preparation Boil

* I inadvertently forgot to take a photo of the cucumber. While boiling the potato, slice the cucumber thin and then mix it well with 1 teaspoon salt. After 5-10 minutes(just before using) squeeze it well.
Chop the egg (roughly).
Cut the carrot in 4 pieces(vertically), slice thin and then boil.


Rinse the potatoes well using TAWASHI. *TAWASHI is a unique Japanese scrubbing brush, useful for washing vegetables. Fill a pot with water. Add the potato and boil for 30 minutes.

While boiling the potato, cut the onion in 2 pieces(vertically)and then slice thin (vertically). Fill water in a bowl and put the onion in it. Dehydrate it well just before using. If you prefer a bitter taste, DON'T put the onion in the bowl. However if you don't like bitterness, boil it for approx. 20-30 seconds, so it'll be sweeter. You can use this method for any onion dishes. Some books suggest using a wet dish towel for peeling the potato. Since it's hard to dispose of, so I use paper towel to peel it and then throw away the peel. Crush the potato roughly as shown in the picture and then sprinkle the vinegar. Preferably use genuine Yonezu(A kind of Japanese vinegar made from rice). It's better than the synthetic kind.


Mix the carrot, onion, egg, cucumber, salt, and black pepper with the potato. Mix them lightly and then dress with plenty of mayonnaise. * Mayonnaise is never measured in tablespoons! Then put the whole grain mustard in to enrich the taste and mix lightly. DON'T mix strongly. Add salt, black pepper and mayonnaise as you like. (not too much!)

And here you have your "GOROGORO POTATO SALAD"!!

After I took the photographs, my sons pointed out that the egg was missing. Actually in these pictures the egg is invisible.

Contents copyright 1997 Mitsuo Sugawara
Translater: PB