Grandma Carolyn’s Potato Salad; Easy Recipe

 Recipe for Grandma Carolyn's Potato Salad. Super Easy and Sooo delicious!


Ah, summer is upon us. That means it’s time for family barbecues and parties! No barbecue at our house would be complete without my Grandma Carolyn’s Potato Salad.  It’s the perfect side dish. I grew up enjoying Grandma Carolyn’s potato salad at almost every summer family function. It’s my favorite! {I may be a bit of a potato salad snob!} Grandma was famous in her city for her delicious potato salad. Probably one of the things I love most about it is that it is not sweet.  That’s one of the things that makes this recipe stand out from others. Just give me a potato salad made with mayonnaise, mustard, and dill pickles, and I’m good to go. Another difference with this recipe is that I separate the egg yolks from the whites and use the yolks in the dressing, making a thick and smooth salad dressing. I’m giving you the basic version of my Grandma Carolyn’s potato Salad, and you can add other items, such as onions, celery, paprika, etc. if you wish.  This dish feeds a crowd, so if you are feeding less and don’t want a lot of leftovers, you can easily cut the recipe in half. I hope you enjoy as much as our family does!


Grandma Carolyn's Potato Salad
Serves 15
Complete any barbecue or family party with this super simple, delicious, quick recipe made famous by my Grandma Carolyn.
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Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 5# bag potatoes
  2. 12 hard boiled eggs- peeled and separated
  3. 4-5 dill pickles, finely diced
  4. 1 can olives, optional
  1. Egg yolks (from the hard boiled eggs)
  2. 1 3/4 c. mayonnaise
  3. 2 T. mustard
  4. 1/2 c. dill pickle juice
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  6. 1 1/2-2 tsp. minced dried onions
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  1. Scrub potatoes. Place in a large pot with water. Boil until tender.
  2. Drain water out of potatoes and allow to cool. Cooling may take an hour or so, so be patient.
  3. When potatoes are cool, peel. Dice to small, bite sized pieces.
  4. Place potatoes in a large bowl.
  5. After eggs are boiled, cooled and peeled, cut in half lengthwise.
  6. Place the yolks in a separate bowl. (You will use this bowl later to make the dressing)
  7. Dice the egg whites and add to the potatoes.
  8. Add pickles and olives to the potatoes and eggs.
For the dressing
  1. Mash the egg yolks with a fork.
  2. Mix in the rest of the dressing ingredients and blend well with a fork or wire whisk until smooth.
  3. Pour Dressing over the potato mixture and mix until well blended.
  4. Taste test and add more salt and pepper according to taste.
  5. Tightly cover and chill for several hours before serving.
  1. You can add celery, onions, paprika, bacon, etc. if you wish.
  2. For a more spicy version, you can substitute 1/2 tsp. of Cajun seasoning for 1/2 tsp. salt.
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Recipe for Grandma Carolyn's Potato Salad. Super Easy and Sooo delicious!

*NOTE: here’s my favorite technique for making hard boiled eggs, they turn out perfect and peel so easily.

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