Mashed Potato and Pickle Relish Salad

Mashed Potato and Pickle Relish Salad

If you grew up in the baby boom era like me, this is the type of potato salad you may remember fondly. Or not. Across America in the fifties and sixties, you could expect a scoop of it snuggled next to the grilled cheese sandwich at the counter bar at truck stops, drug stores, and diners.

If memory serves, back in my college days in Ann Arbor, Mr. Tibbles sold something similar to this recipe at his now-defunct Drake’s. Michigander readers of a certain age might remember that inimitable candy, tea and sandwich shop — a  relic from the ’50s — which faced the Diag? In 1977, Mr. Tibbles gave me and my roommate a basement tour of his store. The walls were lined — top to bottom — in a rainbow of assorted candies. At long last the Promised Land… Candyland Nirvana!

I digress. A half-cup of chopped bacon would be a slam-dunk addition to this salad.  Say what you will about this recipe, But I protect its integrity, eating it with relish and a sigh of pleasure only memories and ghosts are privy to hear.

Recipe: Mashed Potato and Pickle Relish Salad


  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into cubes (skin left on)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, optional
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup bright yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed, finely chopped
  • 2 hard cooked eggs, finely chopped (optional)


  1. In a large pot of heavily salted water, cook potatoes until very tender. Drain and toss with butter, if using. Place in bowl and mash.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard and sour cream. Stir in celery, pickle relish, pepper and eggs, if using. If using eggs, add remaining mayonnaise (1/4 cup). Stir in potatoes and thoroughly combine. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. (Salad may be made up to 48 hours in advance.)

Time: 35 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 7 cups

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