Shoestring Potato Salad

This shoestring potato salad is something my grandma would make when I was a little girl. It’s not something my grandpa would enjoy so she made it just for the girls when I would spend the day with her. She got the recipe from her sister and it was always special to me.

The name is kind of deceiving because it’s not really potato salad, it’s actually tuna salad made with shoestring potatoes, but who am I to change tradition? Some essentials for this recipe are, the carrots need to be shredded to be authentic and the onions and celery need to be very finely diced. The original recipe doesn’t have green olives in it, but I really enjoy green olives in tuna salad so I added some for extra flavor. Also, don’t add the shoestring potatoes until right before serving. Otherwise they get soggy. You can make this a single serving and keep the rest in the fridge without the potatoes and just add them as make a serving. This isn’t really “man food” as Scott would say to I’m the only one in my house that eats it. A full recipe is 2 to 3 servings. It makes a nice light lunch on a hot summer day.


Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 3


  • 1 can tuna in water, drained
  • ¼ c. diced celery
  • 3 T. diced onion
  • 1 c. grated carrots
  • 3 T. diced green olives
  • ½ to ¾ c. Miracle Whip
  • c. shoestring potatoes


  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add the shoestring potatoes just before serving so they don't get soggy.
  3. Garnish with some more shoestring potatoes and parsley if desired
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I hope this recipe brings back some memories for you as it does for me. My grandma has been gone for a while now and this is how I remember her and the good time we had. She was an essential influence for my love of cooking. Some of my best memories are in her kitchen.

Summer is finally here, I hope you all have a great one!

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