Hawaiian Potato Salad

July 12, 2014Deanna
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Hawaiian Potato Salad

The weather has been nice so far this summer, at least here in North East Ohio that is. So far hasn’t been very hot, it actually been very pleasant. Perfect weather for a picnic actually. I admit I love picnics. Growing up I can remember going to school picnics at Kennywood Park and I remember doing a family picnic at White Swan Park. Then the last huge family picnic that comes to mind was a picnic for my dad’s union at Idlewild Park. Yes, all three are amusement parks, except White Swan was torn down to make room for the highway.

I remember my mom would pack this cooler with stuff. I have this vivid memory of a school picnic at Kennywood, and somehow in the grocery bag my mom brought home, we had someone’s BBQ chicken. How it ended up in her bag she wasn’t sure so she just packed in our cooler, along with the other things she got and her homemade potato salad. My sister had a friend come with us that year and all I can remember about this friend was she was a pain in the ass. She drove us up the wall.

My mom was known for her potato salad, everyone liked it because was different. Why was it different, well she used olives in it, so it stood out. People liked it, some people use a relish to make potato salad, not my mom, she used green olives. Anyway, after riding the rides, we were to meet at a certain time at the picnic pavilion for lunch. What was nice back then, you could leave your coolers at a table and no one bothered with them. I know most likely not that way anymore, but growing up and going to those school picnics, that was how it was.

In fact, want share a clip with you I found on YouTube.  It is from an OLD WQED special called Kennywood Memories, yes you can tell it is dated by the style of clothing people are wearing, but it talks a little about those picnics:

Yep, that is my Pittsburgh!, Anyway, this friend that of my sister that was a pain in the ass, comes to our table at the time my mom said to be there. We sit down, my mom gives us the sandwiches and puts potato salad on everyone’s plate, and this girl says to my mom what is in the potato salad, my mom says Hellman’s mayonnaise. The girl as bold as brass says to my mom: “I don’t like Hellman’s, I like Miracle Whip.” I think my mom wanted to kill her. I think, if memory recalls, she pulled that BBQ chicken out and plopped down in front the girl and said eat that instead.
I know that mayonnaise comment was a joke for the longest time in my family. I know my dad would say if my sister was talking about a friend, he would ask, “is that the mayonnaise girl?” Couldn’t remember her name, but remember she was mayonnaise girl. You know, thinking back on that memory, they say everything happens for a reason and the bagger accidentally forgetting to put someone else’s BBQ chicken in their bag and putting in my mom’s by mistake must be meant to be because that chicken kept the girl from making anymore rude comments to my mom and her food.

Picnics are enjoyable and they should be special too, so I decided let’s have a little fun and organized with a few other blogs a “Virtual” picnic blog train. Each blog I got listed has something special for you to enjoy during this special picnic. So make sure you hop on board and visit each one to see the delightful recipe they have waiting for you in this picnic.

Myself, well this isn’t my mom’s potato salad, but it is a different type of potato salad like hers. I been on this Hawaiian kick and saw a version of this salad online and they used sweet potatoes. What a great idea, so I played around with it and I came up with something that is actually really good. It a little different but still very tasty.

Hawaiian Potato Salad

Preparation 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 6     adjust servings

A taste of Hawaii! A different type of potato salad, a recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.


  • 8 strips of bacon crumbled
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes cooked and chopped
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts chopped


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lime juice, and pepper, then set it aside.
  2. Next combine the sweet potatoes, bacon, pineapple, and macadamia nuts. Mix them together, so they are evenly mixed up.
  3. Pour the mayonnaise dressing over the yam mixture and mix everything till well coated.
  4. Let the salad sit in the fridge for about and hour and the ENJOY!


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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 463kcal Calories from fat 349
% Daily Value
Total Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 432mg18%
Carbohydrate 23g8%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 9g
Protein 7g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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So let’s go on a picnic, a virtual picnic that is! Enjoy yourself as you visit each of these great sites as they have something good for you to enjoy during our picnic!
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  • Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

    July 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Looks delicious! I love this twist on traditional potato salad

  • Marlys (ThisandThat)

    July 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    This salad sounds so wonderful.. I love the Hawaiian twist to it. Thanks so much for all the work you did in getting this virtual picnic off the ground.. I had so much fun getting things ready to bring.

  • Joanne T Ferguson

    July 13, 2014 at 9:46 am

    G’day! Looks terrific Deanna and a perfect recipe for a picnic!
    Cheers! Joanne

  • Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry!

    July 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Deanna, I grew up in Pittsburgh and have many fond memories of Kennywood and Idlewild as well! In fact, I went home for a visit a few weeks ago and we went to Kennywood for a day and it still has the same charm it did all those years ago! I love the film clip you found, thanks for sharing! The potato salad looks great…perfect to take along for a day at the amusement park!

  • Mackenzie

    September 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Looks amazing!! I was wondering how many servings is this ?

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