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Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd

Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd

Got a potluck picnic or BBQ where you’re in charge of bringing the salad? Has game day rolled around and you don’t know what to make to take tailgating?

This Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd is just the recipe for you!

This potato salad is not only a family favorite but it has been the one that is most requested for me to bring when we get together with friends for a potluck summer BBQ or picnic. I’ve seen more than one frowny face if I dare to arrive with a different dish.

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Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd

For the potato salad:

  • 8 to 10 Large Potatoes – peeled and cut into eighths
  • 5 to 6 chopped green onions
  • 2 to 3 large stalks of diced celery
  • 2 large dill pickles (chopped)
  • 8 to 10 hard boiled eggs (peeled and chopped)

For the dressing:

  • 1 1/2 c Miracle Whip (you can use mayonnaise but trust me, it won’t taste the same)
  • 1 c whole milk
  • 1 c dill pickle juice
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

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Peel potatoes and cook in a large pot until fork tender.

Potato Salad for a Crowd - place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl

For purposes of the photo, I’ve left the lid off but you’ll want to put the lid on.

Quick tip: Place a wooden spoon on top on the pot to prevent boil over.

Once the potatoes are cooked, drain and allow to cool completely.

Slice the cooled potatoes into a large bowl. The bowl I use is a Tupperware Thatsa Bowl (<<aff link.)  With a 32 cup (7.8 L) capacity, it’s definitely big enough to feed a crowd.

Quarter and then slice the hard boiled eggs,

Add the chopped onion, celery and dill pickles.

Potato Salad for a Crowd - place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl

Mix the dressing ingredients in a large one quart measuring cup (<<aff link.) 

You should end up with about 3 1/2 cups of dressing.Potato Salad for a Crowd - Whisk together all of the ingredients for the potato salad dressing

Pour the dressing over the other ingredients and stir to mix well.

Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd - mix the dressing in with all the other potato salad ingredients

Cover and refrigerate several hours.

I always make this salad the night before so that the flavors have a chance to mingle.

In the morning, give the salad a thoroughly stirring.

Depending on the moisture level of the potatoes (which can vary depending on the variety of potato as well as the time of year,) you’ll want to taste it to see if you think it needs more dressing. If the potatoes have absorbed a lot of the dressing, you may need to make another half recipe and mix it in.

If I’m taking the potato salad to a potluck BBQ or picnic, I leave it in the Thatsa Bowl.

I do make sure to label the bowl so that it finds it’s way home. I bought mine the first year Dave and I were married, so it’s on the other side of vintage. 🙂

To serve at home:

Transfer half of the potato salad to a pretty glass serving bowl.

Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd - to serve transfer to a pretty glass bowl

Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd - to serve transfer half of the potato salad to a pretty glass serving bowl

To make it pretty: sprinkle the top with paprika and arrange thinly sliced cucumber around the edge of the bowl.

Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd - decorate the potato salad with a ring of sliced cucumbers and a sprinkle of paprika

Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd - Potato salad in a pretty bowl ringed with cucumbers and sprinkle with paprika

If I make this for just our family, there’s enough left for each of our kids to take a small bowl home with them and still have potato salad leftover for breakfast. Yep… it tastes great for breakfast the next day!

Sometimes, depending what else we’ve served with it, there’s even enough for supper the following evening.

But if I make it to take for a pot luck, the bowl is always empty when I go to bring it home.

The recipe can quite easily be scaled up or down depending on the size of crowd you’re feeding.


If you make Potato Salad to Feed a Crowd, take a photo and tag me @supermomnocape on Instagram or @1SuperMomNoCape on Facebook. I’d love to come see!


If you’ve got an especially large crowd to feed, you might also like to add my Hawaiian Macaroni Salad to the menu.

Beet and Edamame Salad is another salad I make throughout the summer. It’s quick and easy to get on the table and it tastes delicious.

Equally delicious is my Broccoli Salad with Balsamic Mayo Dressing. This is not your typical Broccoli Salad… no raisins and it’s dairy free!




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  • Susan
    April 2, 2018 1:35 pm

    I use Miracle Whip on everything, just not a fan of mayo. This looks good. It’s a little different from our family recipe, but that means it would be a nice alternative. I was at a pot luck of military wives once and one of the ladies brought MASHED potato salad. It was delicious! Thanks for the tip about the wooden spoon. I didn’t know that!

  • Amy
    June 11, 2017 11:00 am

    The salad looks and sounds fabulous, but I really love the way that you displayed it with the cucumbers! Thank you for sharing on Happiness is Homemade link party. Shared and pinned.

  • Cristina
    April 10, 2017 5:12 am

    Oh, this looks so delicious! I`m pinning it, you`ve made me feel so hungryyy!

  • Mary Anne
    April 8, 2017 5:05 pm

    I’m a Miracle Whip fan too – nothing else tastes as good. And potato salad – yum!!! Just as a little side note – we make ours a wee bit differently….when the potatoes are still hot we pour some Italian dressing over top and then chill them. Then we add the Miracle Whip. The Italian dressing just adds another flavour dimension.

  • Rachel
    April 7, 2017 10:40 am

    My go-to is carrot and sultana salad, but it’s always good to have other ideas!

  • Mary
    April 7, 2017 9:14 am

    It looks and sounds delicious. Thank you.

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