Dill pickle potato salad is the perfect summer sidekick to barbecue, hot dogs, and just about any outdoor meal. Boiled potatoes are mixed with crunchy pickle pieces, minced onion, eggs and a creamy mustard dressing for a flavorful take on an old classic.

Whether or not you’re a fan of potato salad, this is the recipe for you. As a full-blow mayo hater, I’m always looking for ways to work around recipes that call for it as an ingredient. This recipe still calls for some, but the zingy mustard and the briny pickles don’t let the taste, or consistency, of the mayo take center stage. Potato salad is usually just a side dish, but don’t be surprised if this one becomes the star of the meal.


Dill Pickle Potato Salad


  • 5 russet potatoes, cubed (and peeled if you prefer)
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 5 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely minced
  • 3-4 dill pickle spears, chopped (reserve a few pieces for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp pickle juice
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • coarsely ground black pepper
  • about 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Add 4-5 quarts of water to a large pot and bring to a rolling boil on high heat. Add in cubed potatoes. Sprinkle in salt.
  2. Cook about 1-12 minutes or until potatoes are just starting to fall apart. For firmer potatoes sample a cube around 9 minutes. For softer potatoes, consider 13 minutes.*
  3. Drain potatoes well. Return to hot pan to help dry out additional excess water.
  4. Transfer potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, pickles, onion, and pickle juice.
  5. Add about half the mayo and mustard and stir. Then add remaining mayonnaise and mustard to meet your texture preference — potato salad should be creamy, but not gloopy.
  6. Add cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste and mix.
  7. Garnish with remaining pickle pieces. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

*Note: Raw potatoes can contain a potentially lethal toxin, so if you like your potato salad to have some bite to it, reduce the cook time, but be sure that a fork can still easily pierce the potato pieces before consuming.

Dill pickle potato salad is a new take on a picnic time classic
Sprinkle with more cayenne or paprika before serving.

Also see, 9 tips for making the perfect fruit salad.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.