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Classic Potato Salad Recipe

A bowl of potato salad with chopped potatoes, eggs, onions, celery, and pickles, coated in a creamy dressing.

Classic Potato Salad Recipe: Perfect for Your Next BBQ or Picnic

When I was a young kid, I loved being my mother’s helper in the kitchen, especially when she made her famous potato salad. I always beat my siblings to the front of the taste tester line on southern-style potato salad days because it was my absolute favorite!

What is southern potato salad?

When I think of southern-style food, fried chicken and potato salad immediately come to mind. I can’t imagine going to a potluck supper, a backyard cookout or holiday get together without a big bowl of potato salad and fried chicken front and center.


  • 3 pounds of russet potatoes
  • 1 cup of mayo (adjust if you want more or less)
  • ¼ Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • ½ cup sweet pickles
  • 1 stalk of chopped celery
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 4 large, hard-boiled eggs, cut into pieces

How To Make Easy Southern Potato Salad

  1. Fill a large pot with water and add potatoes.
  2. Bring the pot to a boil and cook potatoes until tender enough for a knife to go through easily.
  3. Once fully cooked, add the potatoes to an ice bath to shock and cool.
  4. Once the potatoes are fully cooled, peel off the skin and cut them into large chunks
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and sugar.
  6. Pour mixture over potatoes and add in sweet pickles, celery, Vidalia onion, and the hard-boiled eggs.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Mix well and enjoy!

Tips and Variations

  • To make the potato salad healthier, you can use Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. This will give the salad a tangy flavor and a creamy texture.
  • If you like a crunch in your salad, you can add some chopped walnuts or pecans to the mixture.
  • For a more savory potato salad, you can add crumbled bacon or diced ham.
  • To add some color to the dish, you can add some chopped red or yellow bell peppers.
  • You can also add some fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives, to the potato salad for added flavor.


A potato salad is a classic summer dish that is perfect for any occasion. With a few simple ingredients and some easy steps, you can make a delicious potato salad that will be sure to impress your guests. Feel free to experiment with different variations and ingredients to make the salad your own. Happy cooking!


  1. Can I make the potato salad ahead of time? Yes, you can make the potato salad a day ahead of time. Just be sure to keep it refrigerated until ready to serve.
  2. Can I use different types of potatoes? Yes, you can use any type of potatoes you like for the salad. However, we recommend using waxy potatoes like Yukon
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