Pam’s Potato Salad

You say potato and so do I! Potato salad, that is. And what a wonderful thing it is; a summer mainstay!

I know there are as many recipes for potato salad as there are potatoes and everyone has their favorite recipe for it, including me.  This is a pretty basic recipe filled with delicious potatoes, onions and sweet pickles.  I use Miracle Whip for the dressing because I love Miracle Whip.  As a kid, I ate a Miracle Whip sandwich after school.

Anyway, I added some celery seed and topped it with smoked paprika.  Ordinarily, I add sliced olives, just for Bill, but the olives in the refrigerator disappeared.  This house is seldom without a variety of olives and to Bill’s chagrin the potato salad didn’t get any this time.

I’m just wondering if your potato salad has a secret ingredient ~ if so; please share it with us!

Potato Salad


2 pounds red potatoes
1/3 cup red onion, chopped
8 (approximately) Mt. Olive sweet petite snack cruncher pickles, sliced
¾ cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon McCormick’s Seasoned Pepper
½ teaspoon celery seed
Smoked paprika, for garnish


Cook potatoes in boiling water until tender.
Drain well, let cool and refrigerate.
Dice cold potatoes into large bowl.
Add onions and pickles.
Stir in all remaining ingredients, except paprika.
Mix gently.
Place in serving bowl.
Garnish with paprika.
Refrigerate until well-chilled.
Serves 4

I have a feeling the olives disappeared when Bubba and Matt were here!!!

Woo hoo!  Here’s to summertime!


  1. I like potato salad just the way you make it, Pam. For some reason it's something I only make in the summertime. It's one of our favorite warm weather dishes.

  2. I've never made potato salad, but I'm looking for a secret ingredient first ;)

    I don't care for Miricle Whip, when I was a kid my mom used MW and called it mayonnaise, so all along I thought I hated mayo, but it was really MW. I also was not a potato eater as a child, and we had to eat everything on our there I sat at the kitchen table by myself trying to gag down cold potatoes. I think that's why I never make it. But I do eat it now. I like the southern style with mustard. (too much info?)

    Have a great summer day!

  3. Cathy, it seems like a summer dish to me also and that's about the only time I make it. Thanks for stopping by!

    Lindsey, I can understand that with the potatoes when you were young. It's not pleasant to eat something you don't enjoy! I like mayo too but for some reason only put MW in potato salad. The mustard gives it just the right tang and it's definitely a southern thing. Maybe you will try it now. ;) Thanks for your interesting comment and you have a great day!!!

  4. I love potato salad but I don't usually put pickles in it, though I've tasted some with pickles that I like.I might just try this, thanks!!

  5. I used to love potato salad-although once when I was lifeguard I took my mum's best pot filled with potato salad to a bar-b que and lost the pot.

  6. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy, hope you like it if you try it! Thanks!

    Esme, LOL! I'm sure you heard about that plenty of times! Hope it wasn't mum's favorite pot! Have a good day!

  7. I love hot potato salad and the addition of celery seed and pickles sounds good to me. Diane

  8. Actually, it is my daughter who taught me how to make a great potato salad. Dill pickle relish and lots of hard cooked eggs! I am definitely a mayo person. I think Miracle Whip is the one thing I do not eat. Even the name seems artificial.

  9. I love Miracle Whip. I grew up in the Midwest and think it is a regional thing.

  10. I really like potato salad with food from the grill...Hope your day is filled with fun and love, Pam...Kisses M/M for me!

  11. Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, I like hot potato salad also and had a great recipe for it that vanished. Bet yours is delicious!

    Susan, there will be no convincing you of this recipe! :-) I like mayo also but actually didn't start using it much until a few years ago. I think because MW is sweeter and spicier, maybe that is why I prefer it. Thanks for stopping by!

    Linda, great! I think MW is definitely a Midwestern thing. I read somewhere that it was introduced at the World's Fair in Chicago many years ago. It was always in Mom's refrigerator but then so was mayo. Have a good day!

    Jacqueline, great, me too! Thanks and you have an awesome day also!

  12. I love potato salad! This is a perfect salad for bringing to the beach! Thanks for sharing your reciep!

  13. I love potato salad! This is a perfect salad for bringing to the beach! Thanks for sharing your reciep!

  14. I love potato salad. I look forward to barbecues where I can load it up beside my burger. Yours look great.

    My potato salad is pretty basic and never comes out that great. Yours sounds much better:)

  15. Your potato salad sounds delicious! I love those little yummy red potatoes, they're addictive. And, celery salt is definitely the way to go.

  16. Red potatoes are my absolute favorite potato! And I bet the Miracle Whip gives it delicious flavor. I could eat a big ole bowl of this!

  17. I LOVE potato salad, and this one sounds like pure perfection!

  18. I LOVE potato salad, and this one sounds like pure perfection!

  19. Olives disappear in my house too, but I am usually the culprit. I love olives. Too bad I can't say the same about potato salad. It's not a dish I grew up eating and have yet to develop a taste for it.

  20. I use the same recipe. The only thing I add is a little sugar.

  21. This is pretty much the way I make my favorite potato salad, just like my Mom's. I don't use olives though.

  22. I adore potato salad and actually collect recipes for it. Yours sounds wonderful and is joining my collection. Have a great day. Blessings...MAry

  23. Salsa Verde, thanks so much!

    Mausi, lucky you! If only I had a beach near by!

    Raina, you are so right! The side dishes at barbecues are the best. Thanks!

    Kim, I agree with the red potatoes all the way! Have a good day!

    Cinnamon-Girl, me too! And, it's MW all the way! Thanks for the visit!

    Deborah, thanks and I hope you try it!

    M, it's amazing how fast those olives disappear around here! They're a wonderful thing. I feel the same way as you with potato soup. I just could never eat it when Mom made it.

    Anonymous, great! Thanks for stopping by!

    Lynda, thank you! Actually, I had never had olives in potato salad until I met Bill.

    Mary, I bet you have a plethora of recipes then! Thanks so much and you have a great day!

  24. Nothing says summer and bbq like a good potato salad! I love the pickles in it!

  25. Great picture of your potato salad. I just can't take a good pic of potato salad... it ends up looking like a giant glob of... something! Haha. I make my fave potato salad with red potatoes, lots of sliced green onions and black olives with a mayo dressing. YUM!

  26. My recipe is very similar to yours only no miracle whip, but Best Foods Mayo (Hellman's in the east)and the mustard has to be Frenches.

  27. Italians Do Eat Better, thank you and have a good day!

    Joanne, thanks! Love that summer time!

    Karen, thank you! I usually cook much better than I photograph pics! ;) Your potato salad sounds great and I will have to try it with black olives.

    Mimi, great and I agree with the mustard!

  28. Hi Pam!!! I LOVE potato salad! I have a million varieties. I tend to make my old standby the most. It's a basic (it's on my blog) with mayo, mustard, dill pickles, a little rice vinegar (which is similar to putting pickle juice in it) a couple eggs and a spinkle of paprika but my secret ingredient is dill. I've done it for years and always get asked what is in my salad that makes is taste so good. Lol. Now my momma makes hers with miracle whip too. I've never tried. I love my moms but I like mine better lol. I have put olives in mine before too. My hubby appreciates it but the kids, not so much.
    Thanks for all the support you give me on my blog. Really it means so much to me

  29. Shamrocks and Shenanigans, I too have many recipes for potato salad but usually return to this one. Mom made one with a cooked dressing that she loved but I just never could make it the same. Don't know why I never added dill. It would be great in it and I must do that.

    You're welcome, you have a great blog and I always enjoy reading it!


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