Guest Post with Just One Cookbook: Japanese Potato Salad

Today, I should be somewhere between Cambodia and Thailand in a natural park where I will hopefully see elephants and other animals as well as beautiful waterfalls and vegetation.

And today I present you Nami from Just One Cookbook. I love Nami’s blog. All her recipes look and sound incredibly tasty! She presents mainly typical Japanese dishes and breaks them down perfectly, so that you have the impression it is easy to achieve her level of perfection, but I am sure it takes her talent to make such good dishes look so good.

For today Nami chose to prepare Japanese Potato salad, which is coincidentally one of my favorite Japanese dishes. I had no idea what made Japanese potato salad that creamy and now I know!

Japanese Potato Salad

Hello everyone!  I was so honored when Paola asked me to guest blog on An Italian Cooking in the Midwest!

I’ve mentioned in this post on my blog how much the Japanese love Italian food.  I’m no exception.  I truly adore Italian food and I can eat it every single day!  I was very happy that I found Paola’s blog so that I can learn authentic Italian recipes! There is nothing better than learning real Italian food from a native Italian right?!  While visiting each other’s blog, I learned that Paola likes Japanese food.  So today I’m excited to share one of my favorite home cooked recipes: Japanese Potato Salad.

What is Japanese Potato Salad?  The main difference between Japanese and American potato salad is that Japanese potato salad always use mash potatoes. The rest of ingredients include ham, cucumber, carrot, egg, and sometimes corn or thinly sliced onion. It requires Japanese mayonnaise which is made with egg yolks instead of whole eggs, and apple cider (or rice) vinegar instead of distilled vinegar.  Over all it is creamier in both color and texture and the potato salad is very mild and creamy.

I hope you will also enjoy Japanese version of Potato Salad.  Paola, thank you so much for having me over at your blog!

Japanese Potato Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 Servings

Japanese Potato Salad


  • 2 Russet potatoes
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ inch carrot
  • ¼ cup corn kernels (canned corn is okay)
  • 2 inch English cucumbers
  • 2 black forest ham slices
  • ¾ cup (12 Tbsp.) Japanese mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. 1. Peel potato skins and cut into 1 ½ inch pieces. They should be about the same size so that boiling time will be the same. Put potatoes in a large pot and add water until it covers all the potatoes.
  2. 2. Boil potatoes with high heat. After boiling, lower to medium and cook until a skewer goes through smoothly. Drain the water from pot and put them back on the stove again.
  3. 3. On the stove, evaporate water and moisture of the potatoes over medium-high heat for less than 1 minute. Shift the pot in circular motion so the potatoes won’t get burnt. When you see there is no liquid left in the pan, remove from heat.
  4. 4. Mash the potatoes but leave some small chunks for texture. Sprinkle salt and transfer it into a big bowl and let it cool on the kitchen counter.
  5. 5. Meanwhile prepare a boiled egg. Remove the shell and mash the egg with a fork in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. 6. Cut carrots into quarter (or half) and then slice it thinly. Put them in a microwave-safe container and cover it with water. Microwave for 2 minutes or until a skewer goes through smoothly (don’t overcook please). Drain water and let them cool down.
  7. 7. Peel the cucumbers (leave some skin like stripe pattern) and cut into quarter. Then slice it thinly.
  8. 8. Dice the sliced hams into small size.
  9. 9. Prepare corn unless you use canned corn kernels.
  10. 10. Add hams and veggies into the mashed potato bowl. Grind some black pepper and mix well.
  11. 11. Add mayonnaise and mix completely. Then add boiled eggs and mix a bit. Don’t over mix it. Keep in the fridge till you are ready to serve.
  12. At the end you have about two bowls of potato salad: one to serve today and one for the Potato Salad Pork Rolls, which I will be sharing the recipe this Friday on my blog.


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16 Responses to Guest Post with Just One Cookbook: Japanese Potato Salad

  1. Dina says:

    I didn’t know about Japanese mayonnaise. I’d like to try it. It sounds delicious!

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  3. Christine's Pantry says:

    Great recipe Nami. Congrats on the guest post.

  4. Naoko says:

    My Family just love Potato Salad and this sound very Delicious.

  5. Kimby says:

    Great guest post, Nami! Glad to hear you're enjoying your travels, Pola! I'd never heard of this dish — in Oklahoma some folks make "mashed potato salad," which is similar, but I liked the ingredients you added!

  6. Lori Lynn says:

    Ah ha, so that's the difference. I've eaten it countless times but couldn't articulate what made it different.
    It looks fabulous.

  7. Ꮮуռ էяɨռɨא (ᵐᵋˢˢᵞ ᴻ ᶜʱᵋᵋᵏᵞ) says:

    Fantastic guest post, Paola and Nami! 😀
    I've always been a big fan of Japanese cuisine since young but the one and only I knew to make was sushi.
    So when I found Nami's blog, I was very happy and the best is she cooks the most authentic Japanese food! 😀
    I love Italian food too and the bolognese meat sauce spaghetti is my very first Italian home-cooked. I'm very very curious about the taste of Gnocchi and Risotto but am afraid that I'll be the only one who will like them that's why I'm still hesitating to cook them. lol

    Hope you're having a wonderful vacation! 😉

  8. Barefeet In The Kitchen says:

    Love the mashed potato idea!

  9. Ann says:

    Delicious! What a great guest post!

  10. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Paola, thanks for inviting me and giving me a chance to guest post on your blog. Everyone, thanks for your sweet comments. 🙂

  11. Magic of Spice says:

    Hi Nami, this potato salad does look amazingly creamy. I will have to give this a try soon 🙂

  12. Lizzy says:

    Yum! I think I may like Japanese potato salad even more than the American version…it looks fabulous! Great guest post!!!

    Thanks, Pola!!

  13. Sandra says:

    Lovely recipe Nami, I love this kind of salads..creamy!:))) mmm yum!
    Congrats on the guest post, this really looks very very delicious!
    Pola I hope you have safe and fun trip..looking forward your posts after you get back!!!
    Great post girls!

  14. Jenny says:

    I've never seen a potato salad done like that. I bet the kids love that too. Yum!

  15. Twinky says:

    wonderful version of my "insalata russa"!
    I'll try it!

  16. Manu says:

    Ohhh now I understand why it is so creamy! The ingredients sound so close to the Italian "Insalata russa" but this version is so much creamier with the mashed potatoes! Great recipe and fantastic guest post ladies! 🙂

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