This Southern Potato Salad recipe is one everyone should have in their go to recipe collection, no matter where they live. It is a classic potato salad with mustard and mayo.
This is also a great potato salad to make with leftover hard boiled eggs. A perfect BBQ side dish!
Southern Potato Salad
Just because I'm a Yankee, doesn't mean I don't love a heaping helping of good old fashioned Southern Potato Salad. What could be better at a picnic than a tangy egg and potato salad with mustard. The potato salad pairs perfectly with barbecue sauce, so make up a batch before firing up the grill. It's a great way to use up those leftover hard boiled eggs too.
Want to make it even faster? Check out my Instant Pot Potato Salad.
What Makes Potato Salad Southern?
So, what makes a potato salad southern? ... mostly the addition of eggs, but mustard is often also considered a key addition. This is not a straight mustard potato salad though the recipe also includes relish and mayo.
The recipe is easy to make, but you want to ensure a good ratio of mustard and relish, to nicely compliment the mayonnaise in the dressing. As mentioned, eggs are essential in a Southern potato salad like this, but you also don't want to overdo it either. The recipe I'm sharing below, is great in itself, but is also a great starting point for creating your own distinctive family recipe, suited to the preferences of your own tribe.
... and did I mention goes awesome with BBQ... lol!
Southern Potato Salad Recipe
- 2 pounds potatoes
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup sweet pickle relish
- 2 tbsp mustard
- ½ cup celery diced
- ¼ cup red onion diced
- ¼ cup green pepper diced
- 3 hard boiled eggs
- salt & pepper to taste
- paprika for garnish
- Peel and dice potatoes, boil in lightly salted water until tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
- Once cool, add the remaining ingredients (except paprika) and mix well.
- Garnish with the paprika.
- Serve the potato salad chilled.