Smart Potato Salad


Smart Potato Salad-

My {Dana} Grandmother referred to potato salad one of two ways, the smart kind or the dumb kind!

Let me explain!

The smart kind has {you have to say the following ingredients in an Andy Griffith slang} sweet pickles, onions, boiled eggs, celery, etc.  But the dumb kind is made from mashed potatoes with a little vinegar, onion and sugar added, after you get the mashed taters on your plate.

I can remember putting mashed taters on my plate then asking my Grandmother to make tater salad.  She would then make a well in my potatoes, cut up a few onions in the potato well, pour a little vinegar and sugar in and then give it all a good stir.

Voila, dumb potato salad.

This recipe is for the smart kind, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


4-6 medium to large red or russet potatoes

1 medium onion, chopped

1/4 cup chopped sweet pickles,

3-4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

1 teaspoons celery seed {I use celery seed simply because I don’t like the texture of celery but I like the taste.  So, you can use celery if you wish, just chop it first}

1 cup {or more, if needed} Miracle Whip salad dressing

1 to 2 tablespoons prepared mustard {depends on how well you like mustard}

1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar {depends on how sweet you want it to be}


Salt and pepper


Dice potatoes into bite sized pieces.

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Place in a large stock pot and cover with water.  Add about 4 tablespoons butter and salt to taste.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook until potatoes are just tender

In the meantime, chop onion, pickles and eggs.

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When potatoes are done, drain and place in a large bowl. Let cool.

Once potatoes are cooled down, add pickles, onions and eggs and sprinkle celery seed on top.

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Add in Miracle Whip, mustard and sugar.

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Give it a good stirring around until all ingredients are mixed together.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Smart Potato Salad-


2 responses

  1. Wow, of all the potato salad recipes I’ve checked out…yours is the first one that is almost exactly like mine..I can bread and butter pickles every year, so I just throw a handful into my food processor and add some of the juice from them instead of using sugar.


    1. Oh me, I have never thought about using bread and butter pickles. I bet that is really good.


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