Tangy (Not Sweet) Tartar Sauce

Tangy (Not Sweet) Tartar Sauce


"This the tartar sauce my mom made growing up, no sweet relish here! The pickle juice replaces lemon juice for acidity and tang. So simple and worth the little bit of time. (I don't like sweet pickles in my potato salad either!)"


1 h 10 m servings 134 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 134 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 14.6 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 1g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 202 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Stir the mayonnaise, onion, pickle, and pickle juice together in a bowl. Season with salt, black pepper, and celery salt to taste. Cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
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  1. 52 Ratings


Right on, SKANDREWS! The tartar sauce of my youth, in WA state, was NEVER a sweet-pickle sauce- it was always dilly. This is almost exactly the same recipe I use- will try it your way soon! Than...

I mostly followed this, but used dill relish (lazy!) and a touch of regular relish. Added the dill juice plus lots of pepper and some seasoning salt. I was trying really hard not to eat it as ...

I love this sauce! It's just perfect the way is. I grew up in Delaware, and the tartar was always tangy with dill pickle in it. Thanks for bringing back the past :)

This is tartar sauce. Anything with sweet pickles, sweet pickle relish or Miracle Whip is something else and ought to be banned from using the name. Same thing with potato salad.

Super easy, this was the tartar sauce recipe we wanted! Thanks for sharing!

LOVED this added just a hint of cayenne pepper and it was fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

This is good tartar sauce. I much prefer the dill pickles to the sweet relish. I made this last night and also added horseradish and spicy brown mustard. Delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

Loved the dill pickles, hated the mayo. The measurements seemed just right, but I think I'll try miracle whip next time. It just didn't taste right.

Tangy has aleays been my favorite but a hit n miss on flavor until now. I had ingredients but not measurements. So glad skandrews for this. My switch is in place of pickle juice I use lemon pepp...