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Great American Potato Salad (VRP 090)

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Great American Potato Salad is a staple at picnics, barbecues, and family gatherings across the country. This classic recipe combines tender cubed potatoes with crunchy celery, onions, sweet pickles, and hard-cooked eggs, all tossed in a creamy dressing seasoned with mustard and celery seed. It’s the perfect balance of flavors and textures, making it a beloved favorite for its comforting taste and ease of preparation.

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Great American Potato Salad

A Short History:

Potato salad has its roots in European cuisine, with variations of the dish spreading across the continent. The American version, often dressed with mayonnaise or a mayonnaise-based dressing like MIRACLE WHIP, became popular in the United States in the 20th century. This version stands out for its addition of ingredients like hard-cooked eggs and sweet pickles, which add depth and complexity to the dish.


  • Early 20th Century: Potato salad becomes a common dish in American cookbooks, featuring mayonnaise as a key ingredient.
  • Mid-20th Century: Variations of potato salad, including those with added vegetables and eggs, gain popularity.
  • Late 20th to 21st Century: The Great American Potato Salad emerges as a classic recipe, cherished for its simplicity and flavorful combination of ingredients.

Tips for the Perfect Great American Potato Salad:

  • Potato Selection: Choose potatoes that hold their shape well when cooked, such as red potatoes or Yukon golds.
  • Cooking Potatoes: Boil the potatoes until they are just tender to ensure they don’t become mushy in the salad.
  • Seasoning: Adjust the mustard, celery seed, salt, and pepper to taste, depending on your preference for a more tangy or mild salad.
  • Chilling Time: Allow the potato salad to chill thoroughly before serving to let the flavors meld together beautifully.

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Great American Potato Salad

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Great American Potato Salad Recipe

The Great American Potato Salad is a timeless dish that brings comfort and joy to many occasions. Whether you’re looking to complement grilled meats at a summer barbecue or seeking a satisfying side for a family dinner, this potato salad recipe promises a delicious and hearty addition to your meal. Embrace this classic dish and enjoy the perfect blend of creamy, crunchy, and savory flavors that have made it a beloved American tradition.

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Yield: 6 servings

Great American Potato Salad


  • 1 cup MIRACLE WHIP Salad Dressing or MIRACLE WHIP Light Reduced Calorie Salad Dressing
  • 1 teaspoon KRAFT Pure Prepared Mustard
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups cubed cooked potatoes
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup celery slices
  • ½ cup chopped sweet pickle


  1. Combine salad dressing, mustard, celery seed, salt and pepper; mix well.
  2. Add potatoes, eggs, onion, celery and pickle; mix lightly.
  3. Chill.

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Saturday 2nd of July 2022

I have made this recipe since I found it on a Miracle Whip jar many years ago. It remains a family favorite and was included in a family cookbook given to my children as they matured and left home.

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