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How To Make McAlister’s Creamy Potato Salad Recipe

McAlister’s Creamy Potato Salad Recipe

McAlister’s iconic creamy potato salad is a summer side dish that is perfect for any backyard BBQ or potluck. Known for their delicious sandwiches and soups, McAlister’s is also quite popular for their creamy potato salad.
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Author: Dr. Leah Alexander
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 257kcal


  • A pot and bowl


  • 6 cups Mayonnaise
  • 8 tbsp Dill Pickles Relish chopped
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 8 tbsp Dried Parsley
  • 4 chopped Red Onions
  • 6 Medium Sized Baking Potatoes
  • 2 tsp McCormick Celery Salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • Black Pepper according to Taste
  • 6 tsp Dried Celery Flakes minced
  • 6 tbsp Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 8 tablespoons chopped Sweet Pickle Relish


  • Begin by preparing the potatoes for the salad. Peel and chop them into bite-size cubes, ensuring they are similar in size for even cooking. In a large pot, bring cold water to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Add the chopped potatoes and cook for about 10-12 minutes until fork-tender.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, take this time to prepare the creamy dressing for the salad. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, dill pickle relish, sugar, dried parsley, red onions, McCormick celery salt, smoked paprika, black pepper, dried celery flakes, mustard, and apple cider vinegar until well combined.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and let them cool for a few minutes. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes with the prepared dressing, ensuring all the potatoes are evenly coated.
  • To allow the flavors to develop and meld together, cover the potato salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. When ready to serve, garnish with additional parsley if desired.


  • You can also add chopped hard-boiled eggs, bacon, or diced ham to the potato salad for added protein and flavor.
  • Be sure to chop the potatoes into similar-sized cubes for even cooking.
  • Use cold water to start boiling the potatoes, as this will help them cook evenly and prevent them from becoming mushy.
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