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-


4 responses

  1. Love the look of your recipe and I always used Miracle Whip until the last few years. I don’t know what they have done to it, but if I use it in egg salad, chicken salad or potato salad everything goes watery and gross by the next day.


    1. Hello Sue, I can certainly attest to the whole watery thing! When creamy, such as Miracle Whip or Mayo, is combined with sugar or salt it tends to breakdown which causes it to become watery. I tend to want to add loads of Mayo to my potato salad because I want it to be creamy. However, this results into watery substance the next day. Try using less Miracle Whip or Mayo than you think you need and this should resolve some of the “watery” in your potato salad. Add just enough to cover your ingredients. After it sits for a while it will get creamy. Hope this helps.


  2. 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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