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Dill Pickle Potato Salad with Bacon

Boring old potato salad gets an upgrade with dill pickles, shallots, bacon, and smoked paprika in this recipe for creamy Dill Pickle Potato Salad.

Overhead picture of a plate of potato salad on a green place mat with a fork.

Dill Pickel Potato Salad is tangy and delicious. It’s definitely a popular BBQ side dish at all of our summertime parties.

I also like to keep it on hand in the fridge to serve as a quick family side during busy work weeks.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Homemade Dill Pickle Potato Salad is available at the end of this post. Or click on the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


Creamy Potato Salad on a bed of lettuce on a white plate.

The ingredient list:

  • small red potatoes or small gold potatoes
  • dill pickles
  • bacon
  • celery
  • shallots
  • mayonnaise
  • milk
  • mustard
  • smoked paprika
  • garlic powder
  • dill weed
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • salt and pepper

Check out my latest and greatest Kudos Kitchen tasty BBQ side dishes recipe roundup.

Why this pickle potato salad recipe works:

Potato salad is one of my favorite go-to items in a buffet line or at a casual get-together.

For me, the creamier, the better, and the more flavor you can pack into a single forkful means that you’ll feel satisfied sooner with less on your plate.

Which, in turn, will make room for all those other must-haves from around that tempting buffet table.

See? I’ve got your back! LOL

Title text image of creamy dill pickle potato salad with pickle spears and a hard boiled egg on top.

What are the best potatoes for making potato salad, and why?

The key to making a potato salad that doesn’t turn into a mashed potato after stirring in all the ingredients is to use a low starch, waxy potato like a red potato (called for in this recipe), or even a Yukon gold.

The reason being waxy potatoes have a more cohesive cell structure which helps them hold their shape far better than a high starch potato, such as a russet which absorbs too much water while cooking and will, therefore, become too soft and mushy.

The #1 tip for making the BEST creamy homemade potato salad:

The best tip I can give for making the very best potato salad is to dress the potatoes shortly after boiling and draining them, and while they’re still hot.

This way the potatoes themselves will soak in the dressing (in this case, the mayonnaise, mustard, and smoked paprika dressing), and the dressing will impart much more flavor into the potatoes themselves, as opposed to being smothered in the dressing.

Closeup photo of a plate of potato salad on a white plate on a bed of lettuce.

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How to make dill pickle potato salad:

  • Prepare 3 pounds of red potatoes by washing and chopping them into approximate 1½” pieces.
  • Add the potatoes to a large stock pot, cover with water, and 1½ tablespoons of kosher salt.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, hard boil the eggs, dice the celery, mince the shallots, crumble the cooked bacon, and dice the dill pickles.
How to make creamy dill pickle potato salad photo tutorial.
  • Drain the potatoes when tender and add them back into the warm pot.
  • Add the celery, shallots, bacon and dill pickles to the warm potatoes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, yellow mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.
How to make creamy dill pickle potato salad photo tutorial.
  • Pour the mayonnaise and smoked paprika dressing onto the potatoes in the pot and gently stir to thoroughly combine all the ingredients.
  • Spoon the potato salad into a large serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • To serve, garnish with sliced hard-boiled eggs, and sprinkle with dried dill weed.
How to make creamy dill pickle potato salad photo tutorial.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s creamy and delicious potato salad recipe. 

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Creamy Potato Salad with Dill Pickles

Dill Pickle Potato Salad

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Boring old potato salad gets an upgrade with dill pickles, shallots, bacon, and smoked paprika in this recipe for Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Salad.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course BBQ Side dish, cold side dish, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cups
Calories 417 kcal


  • 3 pounds red potatoes washed and cut into 1½” pieces
  • water to cover the potatoes
  • tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 medium shallots minced
  • 4 ribs celery small diced
  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup dill pickles chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hard boiled eggs peeled and sliced (optional)
  • dried dill weed optional


  • Put the cut potatoes into a large stock pot and add water to cover.
  • Add 1½ tablespoons of kosher salt into the potatoes.
  • Bring the potatoes to a low boil and cook for 25-30 minutes, until tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.
  • Drain the potatoes and add them back into the warm pot.
  • Add the minced shallots, diced celery, crumbled bacon, and diced dill pickles into the drained potatoes.
  • Add the mayonnaise mixture to the potatoes and gently stir to combine all the ingredients.
  • Place the potato salad into a large serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • To serve, garnish the top with the sliced hard-boiled eggs and a sprinkling of dried dill weed.


Tools and equipment:
Large Stock Pot, Cutting board, Chef’s knife, Whisk, Medium Bowl, Measuring Cups, Measuring Spoons, Colander


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 417kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 9gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 2152mgPotassium: 968mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 535IUVitamin C: 16.2mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 2.1mg
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Wow this sounds so amazing!!! If I were to double the recipe, do you think it would come out the same? I want to make this for a big graduation party this weekend. Thank you!!


Tuesday 28th of May 2019

Yes! That will work just fine. Enjoy!!


Thursday 9th of May 2019

You had me at dill pickle. This may be the perfect salad for me:-).


Thursday 9th of May 2019

Right? That's all it takes for me too. Love pickles!! Thanks, Sandi


Thursday 9th of May 2019

Adding the pickles really kicks up the flavor! Thanks for the recipe.


Thursday 9th of May 2019

My pleasure. I couldn't agree with you more. Thanks, Taryn!

cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling

Friday 19th of August 2016

What a perfect addition to potato salad! My family would LOVE this!

Serene @ House of Yumm

Friday 19th of August 2016

What a tasty way to dress up potato salad!


Friday 19th of August 2016

Thank you, Serene!