Miss Kitty's Evolutionary Potato Salad (By Florida Native)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is my 'evolutionary' potato salad recipe. I started making this when I was about 17 years old, and have changed ingredients over the years until it got to this point -- now, I like it just the way it is! My biggest change was once I was making this for a party and mistakenly put chili powder in instead of paprika. I got upset, but added the paprika anyway, and off we went. I got more compliments on my "messed up" potato salad than on any other occasion! And it tasted GOOD. So I stuck with it. Some of the measurements are approximate (mayo especially) as I just dump stuff in, stir it up, and taste it until it's right. And how wet you like your potato salad is a personal thing. I just KNOW when it's the right consistency for our family.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel potatoes, rinse, slice and cube. Place in boiling pot of water with salt and pepper to your taste. Boil 10-15 minutes, or until just tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Remove from heat, drain, and cool potatoes.
  3. Peel and rinse HB eggs. Quarter, then coarsely chop in chunks. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add potatoes, celery, and eggs.
  5. Add mustard, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, chili powder, and paprika. Stir to blend.
  6. Taste test; add more mayo to your taste and sea salt and ground pepper to taste.
  7. Add chopped dill pickles last and stir to mix.
  8. Taste test again. Adjust mayo, salt and pepper if needed.
  9. NOTE: Additional mayonnaise can be added to get salad to desired consistency. I usually add a little "extra" as it seems to get absorbed by the potatoes and I don't like it dry.
Most Helpful

My goodness this is tasty. I wish all my 'errors' would result in something this good. I ended up doubling the chili powder and loved every bit of it. Made this for our annual New Years BBQ, and it was enjoyed by all. Thanks for a great recipe FN. This is going to be my 'go-to' potato salad. :) Thanks also for being such a wonderful Secret Santa. You sure spoiled me.

Diana #2 January 03, 2011