Classic Southern Potato Salad

Classic Southern Potato Salad is a beloved dish known for its creamy texture and tangy flavor. Here’s a simple recipe for you:


  • 4 cups peeled and diced potatoes (Yukon Gold or red potatoes work well)
  • 3 large eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Paprika for garnish (optional)


  1. Boil Potatoes: Place the diced potatoes in a large pot, cover them with water, and add a pinch of salt. Boil until the potatoes are fork-tender. Be careful not to overcook, as you want them firm enough to hold their shape. Drain and let them cool.
  2. Hard-Boil Eggs: Place the eggs in a saucepan, cover them with water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Transfer the eggs to an ice bath to cool, then peel and chop.
  3. Prepare Dressing: In a separate bowl, mix together mayonnaise, yellow mustard, and sweet pickle relish. This creates the creamy and tangy dressing for the salad.
  4. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, gently combine the cooked and cooled potatoes, chopped eggs, celery, and red onion.
  5. Add Dressing: Pour the dressing over the potato mixture and gently fold until everything is well coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Chill: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours, allowing the flavors to meld and the salad to chill.
  7. Serve: Before serving, give the potato salad a final gentle stir. Optionally, sprinkle with paprika for a decorative touch.

This classic Southern Potato Salad is perfect for picnics, barbecues, or as a side dish for various meals. Adjust the ingredients and seasonings to suit your taste preferences. Enjoy!

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