Southern Potato Salad

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

Potato Salad is a classic recipe for good reason, this creamy salad is easy to make ahead of time making it the perfect potluck dish!

This creamy old-fashioned potato salad uses very simple ingredients to make bright flavors. Lots of creamy mayonnaise, a hint of mustard and sweet pickles (or relish).

Southern potato salad in a white bowl with Paprika on top

The Best Potatoes for Potato Salad

Depending on where you live, versions of potato salad can vary based on preference and location (from a German potato salad recipe to deviled egg potato salad).

The best potatoes for potato salad are either Russet or Yukon gold because they stay firmer longer after they’ve been boiled (red potatoes work too). If using thin-skinned potatoes, you can leave a few of the skins on to save the step of peeling.

Ingredients for southern potato salad in a white bowl not mixed

How to Make Southern Potato Salad

This simple southern-style potato salad is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water (per the recipe below). Do not overcook them otherwise they will get mushy when you are stirring in the other ingredients.
  2. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Combine all ingredients together (here’s where you can add the optional bacon)!

Taste and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Dressing for southern potato salad in a clear bowl with a whisk and ingredients for southern potato salad in a white bowl with dressing on top

How Long Can It Be Made in Advance?

Southern potato salad can be made up to a day in advance as long as it is kept covered and refrigerated. It actually tastes better the longer the ingredients have to blend together!

How Long Does It Last?

Potato salad will keep about a week in the refrigerator as long as it’s covered. Make sure it stays cold!

To refresh, simply give it a stir and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper and maybe an extra spoonful of mustard!

More Great Potato Recipes

Below are some of our favorite side dish recipes any time of year!

Did you enjoy this Potato Salad? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

Southern potato salad in a white bowl
4.97 from 79 votes
Review Recipe

Southern Potato Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Delicious potato salad made with eggs and mayonnaise!


  • 3 pounds Russet, Yukon gold or red potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup sweet pickles chopped, or sweet relish
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 hard-boiled eggs shelled and diced
  • 4 green onions finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks finely diced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste

Follow Spend with Pennies on Pinterest


  • Add the potatoes to a large pot and cover with cold water. Set over high heat and cook just until fork tender. Be careful to keep an eye on the potatoes because if they overcook they will get mushy.
  • When the potatoes are soft, drain them in a strainer and let them cool while you prepare the other salad ingredients.
  • In a large mixing bowl add mayonnaise, yellow mustard, chopped pickles, sugar, apple cider vinegar, and garlic powder. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the potatoes to the mixing bowl along with the diced hard-boiled eggs, green onions, and celery. Stir gently to combine.
  • Taste and season with the desired amount of kosher salt and black pepper.

Recipe Notes

This can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
Swap out sweet pickles for dill pickles for a delicious flavor.
We prefer mild green onions but you can add sweet white onion if you'd prefer.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 373, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 128mg, Sodium: 300mg, Potassium: 866mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 334IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Southern Potato Salad
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Southern potato salad ingredients in a white bowl and Southern potato salad in a white bowl with a title
Southern Potato Salad sprinkled with paprika, and the ingredients assembled in a white bowl ready to mix together under the title.
Southern Potato Salad ingredients in a white bowl with a title
Southern Potato Salad garnished with paprika in a white bowl with a title.
Ingredients for Southern Potato Salad assembled in a white bowl, with writing

More Recipes You'll Love

About the author


pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

More Posts by Holly

Latest & Greatest Dishes