Southern Potato Salad Recipe

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!

Southern Potato Salad Recipe - Southern Potato Salad is a classic recipe perfect for Sunday suppers, summertime lunches, picnics, reunions, and every possible celebration! This potato salad recipe is a family favorite! // addapinch.com

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.

Southern Potato Salad Recipe

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.

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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.

Southern Potato Salad Recipe - Southern Potato Salad is a classic recipe perfect for Sunday suppers, summertime lunches, picnics, reunions, and every possible celebration! This potato salad recipe is a family favorite! // addapinch.com

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.

Southern Potato Salad Recipe - Southern Potato Salad is a classic recipe perfect for Sunday suppers, summertime lunches, picnics, reunions, and every possible celebration! This potato salad recipe is a family favorite! // addapinch.com

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.

Yield: 12
Course Salad, side
Cuisine American
Keyword potato salad, potato salad recipe, southern potato salad

Southern Potato Salad Recipe

Total Time 40 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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!
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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds boiled potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 6 boiled eggs chopped
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 medium dill pickles diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together and mix until well-combined and creamy. Add more mayonnaise and mustard depending on tastes.

Notes

Make-Ahead:
Store potato salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition Facts
Southern Potato Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 330mg 14%
Potassium 531mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 16.7%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 23.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Southern Potato Salad Recipe - Southern Potato Salad is a classic recipe perfect for Sunday suppers, summertime lunches, picnics, reunions, and every possible celebration! This potato salad recipe is a family favorite! // addapinch.com

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published in 2011.

101 comments on “Southern Potato Salad Recipe”

  1. This is it , I as a young man waited with spoons anxiously awaiting Job. The Official Test Taster, this is the exact way she made it and there’s a Deacon at my church who’s potatoe salad is a reminder. Thank you for this and I’m going to make it as a memory to my mothers this is it…

  2. I make mine with miracle whip and yellow mustard, onion and eggs. I guess it is the northern style. Been making it since I was 14. We are not pickle eaters. Every holiday but Thanksgiving I make potato salad. Parties for other people ask me to make it. My sister’s boyfriend could eat a platter of 24 deviled eggs himself. I love my friends and family.

  3. My wife always made the potato salad, since she passed away I’ve not a clue how she made it. This looks close enough, thank you.

  4. I make my potato salad the same way. I use sweet pickle relish though….just a personal preference.. And add in some diced pimento if I have it for color. I love a good potato salad. Oh and sometimes will add diced celery if I have it.

  5. L am the one that is requested to make potato salad for church dinners. To my salad, I always add diced green bell pepper along with the onion and sweet pickle relish but I don’t do the mustard. I garnish my dish with paprika and sometimes olives. My dish always stands out because of the green pepper.

    • Your potato salad sounds like it’s a hit with all your church friends, Ellean! I always find it interesting to hear how potato salad recipes differ – and I enjoy all kinds! Thanks so much!

  6. It is almost.my recipe, except that I add celery and some chopped stuffed olives. My husband and I once owned a deli and we sold tons of potato salad. Love your recipes.

  7. Same recipe as mine. BUT I put mayo, mustard, and pickle juice in a container & mix until smooth then add it to the rest of the salad. Makes it so everything doesn’t break down my mixing it.

  8. My grandmother is Ukrainian and she also loads he potato salad with eggs. It really does make us!!! I like to thin my mayo out with a bit of buttermilk. I like your idea of adding mustard!

  9. Sometimes I substitute sandwich spread for the mayo. I do this with deviled eggs also. The family loves it.

  10. I do exact same thing, potatoes, onions, pickles, mayo, mustard, eggs, salt pepper, and i add some powdered hidden valley ranch dressing, and sprinkle paprika and dill on top.

  11. A southern potato salad recipe like my mom’s is something I’ve looked for forever! My husband and I love it and both our moms had their recipes in their heads and they have passed now. Didn’t want to experiment so this is the closest recipe I’ve come across! Can’t wait to try it for this Memorial Day! Thank you!

  12. Sounds like my mom’s recipe except she used sweet pickles instead of dill. Wonder what it would taste like with this? Might have to try it.

  13. I change it by using 1/2 salad dressing & 1/2 mayo and Sweet relish instead of dill… but my oh my, nothing like southern potato salad to start the summer picnic season

  14. I was looking for a new potato salad recipe, so I’m so glad I saw this! And I love the story, great memories!

    • Thank you so much Matt! I hope you enjoy the potato salad! It’s been a favorite in my family for a long time. Some of my fondest memories have been made in the kitchen with my family! 🙂

  15. Just like my mom used to make it same way to taste you the bomb I’m going to meet me some this weekend thank you Rick

  16. This was pretty good. Much more tastier than regular potato salad. I also used petite yukon gold potatoes.

  17. This is very similar to my mother’s recipe, except she mashed the potatoes and served it warm the 1st time, then cold for leftovers.  And she used about half of the mustard called for.
    And she mixed everything but the potatoes 1st, then added them last.  I just made this with cooled potato chunks, and the minute the condiments were mixed, I knew this was my mom’s recipe in her head.  I just had a flashback of her making potato salad for holiday and special occasions, and how I miss that sweet lady.  Thanks for reminding me.

    • This is such a sweet memory you’ve shared, Linda. I know you must miss her so much!
      This recipe has been a special one in our family for a long, long time and has been a part of so many special meals. I hope it can bring back some precious memories for you as well.
      Thank you, Linda. xo

  18. How many would u estimate this recipe feeds? I know it will be a hit so I want to have plenty. Thank you. 

  19. I also added 1/2 stalk of finely chopped celery. Backed off a bit on the amount of mustard, our family prefers the Vlasic Sweet Salad Pickles and I used Red potatoes… it was a true hit at our southern family reunion! Thank you!

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