Southern Style Potato Salad Recipe

by Margielynn

Southern potato salad is a delicious side dish for fried chicken, beef brisket, or ham to name a few. Make with sweet or dill pickles, both are equally yummy!

Southern potato salad is serve often at our house. There are many variations, this is my favorite recipe. I have to taste everything I cook to see if it has the right seasonings, try a bite, bet you can't just eat one!

There are several ways that I cook my potatoes. My favorite is to boil the potatoes whole, cool and refrigerate overnight and make the next day. If I need to make it quickly, I baked the potatoes in the microwave, cool, peel and add ingredients. My least favorite way is to peel, cube and boil in water until tender, drain and add ingredients.

Southern Potato Salad

Southern Potato Salad
Southern Potato Salad

Let's Get to Cooking And Make This Potato Salad!


  • 5 large potatoes, russets or red, cooked
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup red onion or sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup sweet or dill pickles, chopped, (I use the relish)
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or more to suit your taste
  • salt and black pepper to taste



  1. I like to cook the potatoes whole on stove-top with water and then chill overnight and then peel and cube them.
  2. You can also cube the potatoes and cook in boiling water until tender.
  3. Add the chopped pickles or relish, onions, and the eggs; mix well.
  4. Stir in the mustard, mayonnaise, salt, and the black pepper; mix well.
  5. Chill the potato salad until serving time.

Makes 8 servings.


Tips From Margielynn!

  1. Do not subtitude salad dressing in place of the mayonnaise, it will not have the flavor that the mayonnaise gives to the potato salad.
  2. Chill the potato salad for at least four hours or overnight for the flavors to meld together.
  3. To make your potato salad more colorful you can use a mix of red, white and purple potatoes.


What Meats to Serve With Potato Salad

Potato salad goes with just about any meat, but to get you started I will name some for you!

  1. Fried chicken
  2. Fried Fish
  3. Ham
  4. Pulled Pork
  5. Pork Chops
  6.  Meatloaf
  7. Brisket
  8. Hamburgers
  9. Sandwiches
  10. Barbecue chicken, steak, sausage etc.

Sides That Go Well With Potato Salad

  1. Baked Beans
  2. Pinto Beans
  3. Cole Slaw
  4. Mac and Cheese
  5. Grilled Veggies
  6. Corn on Cob
  7. Hot Rolls
  8. Cornbread
  9. Sliced Fresh Tomatoes
  10. Watermelon

Let's Get To Cooking!

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Potato Salad 3 Ways

Do You Like Potato Peels Left On Your Potatoes When Making Potato Salad?

Updated: 01/21/2018, Margielynn
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Margielynn on 08/23/2017

DerdriuMarriner here in Texas we like our ice tea with our meals!

DerdriuMarriner on 08/22/2017

Margielynn, The combination of purple, red and white potatoes sounds great. It's so helpful having the suggested meats and sides. What do you recommend for drinks?

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