Pioneer Woman Inspired Potato Salad (with Secret Ingredient)

Potato salad is a summer staple, and this twist on the Pioneer Woman potato salad is no exception! It’s delicious, easy to make, and perfect for potlucks or summer barbecues.

But there’s a new secret ingredient that takes this potato salad to the next level… Read on to find out what it is! 🙂

Pioneer Woman potato salad in bowl

If you are looking for the BEST potato salad to bring to all of those summer barbecues or cook-outs, look no further!

Ree Drummond, the Food Network star, also known as the Pioneer Woman has an amazing recipe for a jalapeno popper potato salad that inspired me to make this similar version.

This Pioneer Woman-inspired potato salad has a secret ingredient that takes a classic potato salad to the next level. You will be asked to bring this to any family cook-out-it’s that good!

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Ingredients for Potato Salad

  • 3 Russet Potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 package Oh Snap! Sassy Bites or Hottie Bites pickles finely chopped (secret ingredient)
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp of celery salt
  • 3 boiled eggs
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • paprika for garnish optional
ingredients for potato salad inspired by Pioneer Woman

How to Make Pioneer Woman Potato Salad

Step 1. Peel potatoes

Start by peeling your potatoes. I prefer to use a potato peeler but use your favorite peeling tool.

peeling potatoes

Be sure to save those potato peelings for a super easy nutrient-enriched natural compost for flowering plants. I use mine in the rose garden.

peeling potatoes for potato salad

Step 2. Cut into cubes

Cut your potatoes into small bite-sized cubes. This makes it easier to cook and to eat!

cutting potatoes

Step 3. Place in a bowl

Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl and cover with saran wrap.

peeled potatoes in fridge

You can place the bowl in the refrigerator while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

wrapping potato salad

Step 4. Dice onions

We prefer to add onions to our potato salad, but you can totally leave these out if you are not a fan. They really do give a nice flavor to the salad.

cutting onions

Step 5. Slice the jalapenos

Are you ready for the secret ingredient? Yup…jalapeno peppers add an amazing burst of flavor and just enough heat. You will see what I mean once you try it-so good!

sliced peppers

Step 6. Boil the potatoes

Boil the potatoes until they are soft. This is an important step and you want to test the potatoes after 8 minutes or so. Cook until the potatoes are tender all the way through when pierced with a fork, 8 to 12 minutes.

boiling potatoes

Step 7. Add ice cubes

A quick way to cool the potatoes is to add ice cubes to the pan. This is a big help when you are short on time too.

cooked potatoes

Step 8. Boil the eggs

Boil your eggs until cooked. Eggs give the potato salad a little extra flavor that we love!

I love using this little egg gadget as it cooks my eggs to perfection every single time. You can find it HERE.

Egg poacher Chefman

You can certainly use your Air Fryer to make hard-boiled eggs as well! I love this method, too! This is the exact air fryer that I use below.

air fryer black

If you decide to boil them the regular way, here are the recommended cooking times for hard-boiled eggs:

  • 3 minutes for the really soft boiled yolk and set white.
  • 4 minutes for the slightly set yolk and set white.
  • 5 minutes for a medium cooked firmer yolk and white.
  • 6 minutes for hard-boiled with slightly soft yolk.
  • 8 minutes for firmly hard-boiled.
boiling eggs

Step 9. Cool with ice cubes

Have you heard the ice cube trick with hard-boiled eggs? It works GREAT! It makes peeling the eggs so much easier. Let me know if you have tried it before.

eggs in ice cubes

Step 10. Blend ingredients

Mix celery salt, mayo, mustard, and chopped pickles. Have you tried Oh Snap! pickles yet? They come in several varieties, are a great time saver and are so yummy!

mixing spices for potato salad

Mix well without the potatoes first. This will help the potatoes retain their shape and not become mushy. It’s all coming together now!

mixing potato salad

Step 11. Slice the eggs

Remove the eggs from their shells (saving them for the compost mixture like the potato peels), slice them, and add them to the potato salad.

adding eggs to potato salad

Step 12. Transfer Potato Salad into Serving Bowl

Place the potato salad mixture into a pretty bowl! This is the exact Pioneer Woman bowl I’m using.

Pioneer Woman Bowl Set

Step 13. Top with Garnishes

Now you want to flavor the potato salad with paprika and add sliced jalapenos for an unexpected bit of flavor to a classic potato salad.

adding paprika to potato salad

Get ready to wow your guests with this absolutely delicious potato salad! They will all be asking for the recipe.

serving potato salad

Look at how mouthwatering it is:

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serving potato salad

Pioneer Woman Inspired Potato Salad with New Secret Ingredient

This potato salad is not only delicious, but it’s also very easy to make. Let me show you how it’s done so you can make it for your next summer barbecue!


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Mixing Spoons


  • 3 Russet Potatoes peeled and diced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 package Oh Snap! Sassy Bites pickles finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • 3 boiled eggs
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped
  • paprika for garnish optional


  • Peel russet potatoes and dice into cubes.
  • Boil potatoes until soft.
  • Place in a large bowl and cover with saran wrap until cool.
  • Add mayonnaise and blend well.
  • Boil the potatoes until they are soft, cool.
  • Mix celery salt, mayo, mustard, and chopped pickles.
  • Blend well with the potatoes.
  • Boil your eggs until cooked. Cool with ice cubes.
  • Remove the egg shells, slice them, and add them to the potato salad. 
  •   Flavor with paprika and add sliced jalapenos.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make potato salad ahead of time?

Yes! In fact, it tastes even better the next day when all the flavors and ingredients blend together.

How long will potato salad with eggs last in the refrigerator?

To maximize the shelf life of potato salad, refrigerate the potato salad in airtight containers. Properly stored, potato salad will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze potato salad?

While you can freeze potato salad, you should remove the eggs first. Eggs typically don’t freeze well. When thawing, the eggs will not retain the taste and are not quite safe to consume. That’s why for potato salad recipes that contain eggs, you should separate this ingredient before freezing the rest.

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