Southern Potato Salad – Potato salad is a classic recipe perfect for every possible summer celebration! Made with potatoes, pickles, onions, and eggs, this potato salad is an all-time favorite!
I grew up being the official taste-tester when my Mama made her potato salad. I’d pull the kitchen stool as close to the area of the bar where she was making her potato salad as I possibly could so that I could oversee the process. With my short, little girl legs swinging, I didn’t want to miss a single step of it.
Potatoes were cooked and drained, eggs were boiled and carefully peeled, an onion was diced, and then came the pickles. Oh how I couldn’t wait for those pickles. They symbolized coming to the part of the potato salad recipe where I was most needed.
As Mama would walk over to the refrigerator for the mayonnaise and mustard, I was in charge of making sure my tasting spoons were at the ready. Of course they were, I had them precisely lined up on the bar just ready for the time when Mama would need one to scoop up a bite of her potato salad for my first sampling.
Now Mama and I laugh about how serious I took my job of taste-testing the potato salad as a little girl.
She tells the story of how she would do the same thing as a little girl with her Grandmother, knowing now that her Grandmother would purposefully not add enough of certain ingredients so my Mama could help her perfect it before serving. I haven’t gotten the courage to ask Mama if she did the same with me, it might somehow take away from one of my favorite memories.
And ya know, I still have my spoons all lined up ready to taste when the potato salad making is in progress.
What is it about the job of taste-testing? It just never gets old.
You’ll find this dish served at most family get-togethers in my family – from holidays to reunions to Sunday suppers! Potato salad is delicious with chicken, beef, pork, and is a dish that everyone in my family loves!
My family’s Southern Potato Salad recipe is one that is delicious made the day of serving, but is a great make-ahead dish as well. Just keep it tightly covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.
Here’s my family’s Potato Salad recipe. It’s a favorite.
- 3 pounds boiled potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 6 boiled eggs, chopped
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 dill pickles, diced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup yellow mustard
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Combine all ingredients together and mix until well-combined and creamy. Add more mayonnaise and mustard depending on tastes.
From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published in 2011.