Secret Ingredient Potato Salad

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Secret Ingredient Potato Salad- This recipe is a family favorite, and is always popular at potlucks!
Secret Ingredient Potato Salad- a tasty side dish for any picnic or BBQ!

You can’t really have a 4th of July picnic without potato salad, it would just be un-American, wouldn’t it? So I am sharing my favorite way to make potato salad. It is the recipe I grew up with. Kind of. My mom never wrote a recipe down, she just gave me some instructions. I would just throw things in and keep tasting it till I get it just right. This time I tried really hard to measure things so you would have a general idea of what to put in it. Just know that all the ingredients are adjustable, you can add more or less to your own liking. You can even omit things if you want.
 A secret ingredient makes this potato salad better than the rest!
There are two things I like about this potato salad. First of all, it has pickles. I can eat potato salad without pickles, but it just doesn’t have the same pizazz. Second is the olives. I got that idea from my amazing friend Judy. The first time I saw it I thought it was downright crazy. But then I tasted it and fell in love. Now I always add olives, and I love the extra flavor they give it. They are the secret ingredient that makes potato salad really special. Unless you hate olives, and then, by all means, leave them out. 😉
Creamy and delicious potato salad

Secret Ingredient Potato Salad

Secret Ingredient Potato Salad
Best ever potato salad with eggs, green onions, celery, and pickles.
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 6-8 potatoes
  • 3 eggs, hard boiled and chopped
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 large dill pickles, diced (If you prefer sweet pickles, you can use those instead.)
  • 1 or 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2-1 can of olives, sliced
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise (I use light Miracle Whip)
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1-2 tsp pickle juice (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I used kosher salt)


Peel potatoes if desired. Sometimes I leave the skins on. Boil in salted water till fork tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Cool completely and cube.

In large bowl, combine potatoes, eggs, onions, pickles, celery, and olives in a large bowl. Combine Miracle Whip, milk, mustard, and pickle juice in a small bowl and add to potato mixture. Stir lightly till well mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. If it is too dry, add more Miracle Whip.


-I don't like my potato salad really saucy, but you can add as much sauce as you like.
-Make sure you salt the water you cook the potatoes in. It makes a huge difference in their flavor.
-I like Miracle Whip because not only does it have a more zippy flavor, but it has less fat than mayo. But mayo will also work. If you use mayo, I think it tastes better if you add a little sugar to the sauce.
-You really can't mess up this recipe, just adapt it to whatever your family likes!

 Secret ingredient potato salad - possibly the best potato salad ever!


  1. Great recipe! It’s somewhat similar to mine, but I love the olive idea. I always forget to salt my potatoes and it does make a huge difference.

    I make mine with half mayo and half miracle whip (light). It keeps it from tasting too heavy (and fatty) from the mayo and too sweet from the miracle whip.

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