Down Home Potato Salad
2013 – Gluten Free Living
This is one scrumptious and tasty Potato Salad recipe. Down Home Potato Salad is the very first recipe I ever tried or collected for potato salad. My mom never made potato salad that I recall. I remember eating it at family reunions when I was a kid and hating it!
But back in the 1970s, Betty Crocker rolled out recipe cards that you could collect and put in a large recipe file box. This is one of the few recipes I kept from that collection. It was my go-to potato salad recipe for years. The key ingredient to this recipe is the sweet pickle juice. It will turn out bland unless you use that ingredient.
Down Home Potato Salad has such an exquisite blend of flavors, textures and colors. Besides the beauty of red potatoes, it has bell peppers (the recipe calls for green but you can substitute any color you desire), hard-boiled eggs, celery, pimientos, and a sweet pickle relish (including sweet pickle juice). That, combined with the delicious seasonings in this recipe, make this one fantastic potato salad.
This is a marvelous tasting potato salad recipe. If you’re tired of making the same hum-drum recipe you’ve made for years, then consider this great Down Home Potato Salad. The next time you need to make something for a potluck, family reunion, neighborhood barbecue, cookout or church social, look for this recipe. It is truly one of the best potato salad recipes you will ever eat.
I initially posted this recipe in May 2013. It was like the second recipe where I used my new Canon camera. My pictures were over-exposed from the light and most were blurry. Only a few turned out decently.
I decided to remake this fantastic Potato Salad recipe for company when we had our Friday night Bible study group over (June 2019). I served it with hamburgers and Roasted Herb Corn. I served it a couple of days later with Calico Baked Beans and Kielbasa. It was yummy both times.
Down Home Potato Salad is probably one of the best potato salad recipes I have ever eaten. Especially if you add the 2 tbsp. sweet pickle juice the recipe calls for. That’s the secret ingredient for this salad.
This recipe does have a lot of ingredients, but the mixture of flavors is exquisite. Lots of pimientos, sweet pickle relish and sweet pickle juice provide amazing flavors to this recipe.
This yummy potato salad makes a large amount – definitely enough for a potluck. It will last several days in the refrigerator. While this recipe is gluten free, it is made with Miracle Whip and hot spicy mustard which are not the healthiest products on the planet!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Chop up red potatoes and put in a large sauce pot to boil. Boil about 10-15 minutes or until fork tender but NOT mushy. They need to hold their shape. Drain. Place cooked, drained potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
To a large mixing bowl add diced celery, a jar of chopped pimientos, diced onion and chopped bell pepper — any color will work. I recommend green, yellow or orange since you already have red from the pimientos. Add chopped, hard-boiled eggs, sweet relish and sweet pickle juice.
Stir ingredients to combine.
Add Miracle Whip. You need the extra zip and seasonings from Miracle Whip. Regular mayonnaise does not work as well. Add 2 tbsp. hot spicy mustard and Lawry’s seasoned salt.
I was able to get enough juice from the sweet relish jar. But if you can’t, you will need to get sweet pickle juice from a jar of sliced sweet pickles. This is crucial for the taste of the recipe.
Stir all ingredients to combine.
Transfer potato salad ingredients to your serving dish or bowl and sprinkle generously with paprika. Place hard-boiled egg slices on top and sprinkle the eggs also with paprika. Even if you’re not normally potato salad lovers, your family will love Down Home Potato Salad!
Doesn’t Down Home Potato Salad look marvelous? It’s a great salad for family get-togethers. I served it with Roasted Herb Corn and Kielbasa.
This is probably my favorite potato salad recipe. It does take a little bit of work, but so worth it in the end. It’s also delicious with Hamburgers and Calico Baked Beans.
If you want to taste an amazing potato salad, try Down Home Potato Salad the next time you make it. Oh, so delicious!
Here’s the recipe.
DOWN HOME POTATO SALAD
(Recipe adapted from a Betty Crocker Recipe file card)
- 8 medium red potatoes, cut into ¼” to ½” pieces, cooked until still firm (not mushy)
- 3 large stalks celery, cut into diagonal slices
- 4-oz. jar pimientos, chopped and drained
- ¼ cup sweet pickle relish
- ¼ cup green pepper, chopped
- 5 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
- 2 tbsp. sweet pickle juice
- 1 small onion, minced
- ½ cup Kraft Miracle Whip
- 1-2 tbsp. prepared hot spicy mustard
- 1 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt
- 3 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
- Toss potatoes, celery, pimientos, relish, green pepper, chopped eggs, sweet pickle juice and onion.
- Stir in miracle whip, mustard and seasoned salt.
- Garnish with egg slices and sprinkle with paprika.
I was a newly married 21-year-old (with NO cooking skills) when I first made this recipe for a church Labor Day picnic. Everyone raved about this recipe!
Try Down Home Potato Salad with Calico Baked Beans and Hamburgers. Every bite will have you salivating. 🙂