Caramelized Onion Potato Salad


“Don’t freak out if you don’t have celery for your potato salad.”

That’s what I learned last week when I was in the mood to make potato salad, and my celery was rotten.

Damn that farmer’s market.  We stop there this time of year before I hit the grocery store, and I noticed the celery looked weird.  The nice lady went in the back and got me a fresh cold one, and it looked okay until I got it home.


Caramelized Onion Potato Salad


So, what is a Polish redheaded girl in Michigan to do?

I made up Caramelized Onion Potato Salad, that’s what.

My Vidalia onion was sitting there all pretty & perky…I figured it would be tasty, and it was.

I added what ham I had left over and that was great, too.

Bacon would be even better, but you all know my husband can not eat bacon.

This would be great for Labor Day weekend!


Caramelized Onion Potato Salad Recipe

I hope you try it!


Caramelized Onion Potato Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Yield: 6-8

Caramelized Onion Potato Salad


  • 4-5 potatoes boiled in salted water with skin on until done (I like my potatoes done well for potato salad)
  • 1 large Vidalia onion chopped in small squares (or any onion)
  • 3/4 cup chopped ham in small squares (I used deli style)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup light Hellman's mayo (I can't tell a difference)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • S & P to taste
  • 3 hardboiled eggs chopped (optional)


Wash potatoes well, and cut up into bite size chunks leaving skin on. Boil in salted water until done well (my step father-in-law taught me that it's okay if the potatoes get a little mushy-we don't want hard potatoes and it makes it more authentic).

While potatoes are cooking, chop up your onion and ham. Sauté both in olive oil on medium heat until both caramelize. This means browning them so the sugars are released. Set this aside.

When potatoes are done, drain well, and put back in pot to let cool. Add onion and ham mixture, and remaining ingredients until blended nicely.

You may need to adjust the mayo to your preference.

Taste, and add more vinegar for more tang.

Serve with grilled anything 😉



Here’s a more traditional American Potato Salad recipe from my family…

potato salad 1

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7 Responses

  1. Shirley says:

    Oh my, the caramelized onion potato salad looks and sounds wonderful…Have got to add this to my recipe box!!!..Have a great week Julie!

  2. Teresa Anderson-Briney says:

    Just in time…..I was already planning to make potato salad tomorrow. It sounds delis…Thank you Julie

  3. Bonnie says:

    Love your pallet tree. How many lights did you use, and did they have green wire?

  4. Bette` says:

    Hi Julie:
    Did you have a nice holiday? I am waiting to hear from a surgeon about my back. Nowadays it’s hurry up and wait. Am going to make the Onion Potato Salad. Joe just made some cartelized onions for our BBQ and I have leftovers, sooo good timing.
    Take care and can’t wai to see the house.
    Hugs, Bettet

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