Lela's Fourth of July Potato Salad


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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
30 servings


  • 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

  • ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard

  • 7 cups Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Canola Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
23g Fat
28g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 839mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 30mg 152%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 694mg 15%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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