Lela's Fourth of July Potato Salad Recipe

"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."


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  • 10 pounds potatoes, peeled
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans black olives, diced
  • 2 (6 ounce) jars green olives, diced
  • 1 cup dill pickle chips, diced
  • 1 cup sweet onion (such as Vidalia®), finely chopped
  • 16 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 7 cups Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Canola Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise
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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® onion, and Walmart® dill pickle chips. You’ll need 1 3/4 (30 ounce) jars of mayonnaise to get 7 cups.
    • Partner Tip
    • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

    Nutrition Facts

    Per Serving: 356 calories;22.5 g fat;28.4 g carbohydrates;6.8 g protein;113 mg cholesterol;839 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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