Bowl of potato salad garnished with parsley and paprika
Southern Potato Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Chilling Time
1 hr
Total Time
40 mins
 

A picnic or cookout would not be complete without this delicious Southern Potato Salad! The easy side dish recipe is a crowd pleasing classic!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Creamy Potato Salad Recipe, Potato Salad Recipe, Southern Potato Salad
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 267 kcal
Author: Blair
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. (about 8 medium) red potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise (I like Duke's brand)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • ½ of a sweet Vidalia onion, diced
  • 1 large celery rib, diced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish (or sub with dill pickle relish if you prefer)
  • Optional: 3-4 slices of crispy cooked, chopped bacon
  • Garnish: sliced green onions, chopped fresh parsley, or a sprinkle of paprika
Instructions
  1. Rinse and scrub the potatoes. Place the whole potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork-tender (about 15-20 minutes, but very small red potatoes may be done in 10 minutes). Drain; let the potatoes cool until you can handle them. Peel the potatoes and dice into bite-size pieces.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix mustard, sugar, mayonnaise and pickle juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  3. Place diced potatoes in a large bowl. Add eggs, onion, celery, pickle relish and bacon (if using). Pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Garnish with sliced green onion, fresh parsley, or a dusting of paprika just before serving.
Recipe Notes

Can I make potato salad in advance?

Yes! You can prepare the salad 1-2 days in ahead. Keep the salad covered in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve it.

How long will potato salad keep in the refrigerator?

If your potato salad has been sitting out at room temperature (or in the hot summer weather at a picnic) for more than 2 hours, you should discard any leftovers.

Potato salad that has been kept properly chilled will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

How much potato salad for a crowd?

This recipe yields 6 cups of potato salad, or about 12 (1/2-cup) servings. If you need Southern Potato Salad for 25, I suggest that you double the recipe ingredients. To feed 100 people, multiply the recipe ingredients by 4.

Nutrition Facts
Southern Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 250mg11%
Potassium 366mg10%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.