Lela's Fourth of July Potato Salad

Lela's Fourth of July Potato Salad

Lela 93

"This is my mother's potato salad recipe. Every 4th of July she would make this potato salad for around 30 to 40 people. The recipe calls for ten pounds of potatoes. The sweet onions, dill pickles, and green and black olives give the recipe a wonderful flavor. Now it is always a must-do on the 4th of July. See footnotes for smaller version."


4 h servings 356 cals
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Original recipe yields 30 servings



  • Calories:
  • 356 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 22.5 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.4g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 6.8 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 113 mg
  • 38%
  • Sodium:
  • 839 mg
  • 34%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. (You may need two pots.) Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until fork-tender, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Start checking for doneness after 1 hour. Drain and rinse the potatoes with cold running water.
  2. Place black olives, green olives, pickle chips, onion, and hard-cooked eggs into a large heavy-duty disposable foil pan. When the potatoes are cool, chop them into small pieces and gently mix them with the olive-egg mixture.
  3. Combine mayonnaise and yellow mustard together. Add the dressing to the salad ingredients and mix well. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • For 12 servings, use: 8 potatoes, 4 to 6 hard-boiled eggs, 1/2 a Vidalia® onion, 1/2 cup diced green olives, 1/2 cup diced black olives, 1/2 cup diced dill pickle chips,1 (16 ounce) jar of mayonnaise, and 1 tablespoon yellow mustard.
  • I use Best Foods/Hellmann's® Canola Mayonnaise, French's® mustard, Vidalia(R) onion, and Walmart® dill pickle chips. You'll need 1 3/4 (30 ounce) jars of mayonnaise to get 7 cups.
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  1. 9 Ratings


Made this for pool party we went to yesterday and it was hit with everybody. I followed the smaller recipe amount for 12 servings. Didn't use Hellmann's mayo, just used our favorite light Kraft ...

I love the fact that this recipe got published, now I could care less if mine, which is the same one minus green olives, gets published or not. This IMO, is the only way to have potato salad! ...

I'm a huge fan of tangy and tart combinations so I thought this salad was fantastic. My husband doesn't like tart things at all, so I get it all to myself...even better!