Creamy Homemade Dill Pickle Potato Salad with Bacon

Creamy Homemade 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. 


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

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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.

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Creamy Homemade Dill Pickle Potato Salad

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5 from 2 votes
Creamy Potato Salad with Dill Pickles
Creamy Homemade Dill Pickle Potato Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Boring old potato salad gets an upgrade with dill pickles, shallots, bacon, and smoked paprika in this recipe for Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Salad.
Course: BBQ Side dish, cold side dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dill pickle potato salad, potato salad recipe
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 417 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 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
  1. Put the cut potatoes into a large stock pot and add water to cover.
  2. Add 1½ tablespoons of kosher salt into the potatoes.
  3. Bring the potatoes to a low boil and cook for 25-30 minutes, until tender.
  4. 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.
  5. Drain the potatoes and add them back into the warm pot.
  6. Add the minced shallots, diced celery, crumbled bacon, and diced dill pickles into the drained potatoes.
  7. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the potatoes and gently stir to combine all the ingredients.
  8. Place the potato salad into a large serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. To serve, garnish the top with the sliced hard-boiled eggs and a sprinkling of dried dill weed.

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Homemade Dill Pickle Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 2152mg94%
Potassium 968mg28%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 535IU11%
Vitamin C 16.2mg20%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for creamy homemade dill pickle potato salad as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.


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  1. I’ve only made potato salad once this summer and summer is slipping away! This is a good reminder to make it soon!

  2. I am in love with this! It will complete any weekend BBQ!

  3. I can’t get enough of potatoes. It’s pretty much my favorite vergetable and I am excited about trying this potato salad… Mmmm!

  4. All of your potato salad additions are some of my favorite ingredients; I’m sure I would love this potato salad version!

  5. This reminds me of the potato salad my aunt makes, except she uses sweet gherkins 🙂

  6. What a tasty way to dress up potato salad!

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

  8. 5 stars
    Adding the pickles really kicks up the flavor! Thanks for the recipe.

  9. 5 stars
    You had me at dill pickle. This may be the perfect salad for me:-).

  10. 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!!

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