Mom’s Famous Potato Salad

Anytime Mom took her potato salad to a potluck, or to her grandson’s high school graduation party, people asked for her recipe. Actually, there are two secret ingredients, or not so secret. The same two that made Doris Neal’s deviled eggs a hit: Miracle Whip (instead of mayonnaise) and candied dill pickles.

Candied dills can be hard to find. To make your own, dissolve 2 3/4 cup of white sugar in 1/3 cup of cider vinegar. Add drained dill pickles and refrigerate about a week.

Doris Neal’s Potato Salad for a Crowd

5 pounds potatoes, cooked, cooled, cut up
8 eggs, hard cooked and peeled
2/3 cup chopped onions
1 jar candied dill pickles, chopped
1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon celery seed
2/3 of a large jar of Miracle Whip
parsley sprigs

Slice some of the eggs and save the best “rounds” for garnish. Chop remaining eggs. Mix with remaining ingredients and spoon into a serving bowl.

Mom also had a signature way to garnish her potato salad, with perfect eggs slices around edge, sprinkled with paprika, and parsley sprigs tucked in. If several potato salads arrived at a potluck, you could always tell which one was hers.

This is the closest I could find to the way Mom decorated her salad, but she arranged the eggs around the edge, with parsley springs, then paprika sprinkled only on the egg rounds.

A poignant story about the importance of the paprika.

Mom grew her own parsley, sharing the abundance with parsley caterpillars that would eventually become Swallowtail butterflies.


  1. Deviled eggs definitely are not created equal. I think everyone who likes them likes only those their mother or grandmother made. None others live up to that standard!

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