Simple Southern Potato Salad

Before I wrap up all my summer recipes and suddenly come at you with cinnamon-pumpkin-autumn everything… it’s time to introduce you to the BEST potato salad ever. It’s easy. It’s delicious. It’s a whole lotta mashed up, mustardy, creamy goodness in a bowl. And, we all know potato salad makes the perfect side for your BBQ favorites.

Our grill is blazing almost every evening during hot Austin summers. Whether we’re churning out chicken, ribs, burgers or sausages, you can bet this scrumptious potato salad is sitting pretty in the fridge. As much as I make it for weeknights, though, I make it more often for summer parties… and Labor Day!

In my potato salad, I place a lot of emphasis on fresh ingredients – onion, celery, eggs, herbs – and of course, the best red potatoes you can get your mitts on. Skip mashing your potatoes if you like a chunkier potato salad. I just find mashing them helps you get a bit of everything in one bite!

For some tang, toss the cooked potatoes with vinegar then into a creamy mixture of mustard, mayo and sour cream. In goes the good stuff (see above), then into the fridge before serving all your hungry BBQ lovin’ buddies. This is definitely one of those recipes that is even better the day after it’s made, so feel free to make ahead of time!

You’ll love this cool, creamy potato salad on the side of grilled meats and fish. Feel free to add a little more or less of anything you like, too. This is a hard one to mess up, I promise!

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Simple Southern Potato Salad

Yield: Serves 8-12


4 pounds yellow or red potatoes, chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Dijon or yellow mustard
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
2/3 cup finely chopped dill pickles or dill pickle relish
5 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Bring potatoes to a boil in a large pot of salted water. Reduce to a low simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes can easily be pierced with a fork. Drain potatoes and toss with vinegar. Mash gently with a fork or potato masher.

In a large bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise and mustard. Stir in red onion, celery, pickles, eggs and herbs. Add potatoes and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve cold or bring to room temperature.


Adapted from Inspired Taste


19 Responses to “Simple Southern Potato Salad”

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    Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe — August 20, 2014 @ 4:51 am

    Looks amazing, as all your recipes do! Actually, I love a good potato salad all year round, not only in summertime, so I can already see plenty of it in my next future. I love how fresh and genuine it looks!

    xo, Elisa

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 20, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    Perfect summer dish! Love this classic recipe :)

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    Andrea Campbell — August 20, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    This potato salad looks delicious!! It looks just like the potato salad that was made by our son’s fraternity housemother at Washington and Lee University. We were there for a homecoming weekend, and this lady, Mrs. Harris, I believe, made the most delicious fried chicken and potato salad I’ve EVER eaten. That event happened nearly 25 years ago, but I haven’t forgotten it. Southern cooking at its best!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — August 20, 2014 @ 8:16 am

    This looks delicious! Love the addition of vinegar and eggs!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — August 20, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    I just love potato salad and this looks like a definite winner!

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — August 20, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Southern-style potato salad is one of the best out there! I just love the tang of the mustard. Good recipe — thanks.

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    Gaby — August 20, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    Perfect summer side! I love it!

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — August 20, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    I am not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet and this potato salad definitely needs to happen before everything pumpkin-spiced and warm sweaters take over. Looks so scrumptious!

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — August 20, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    Just in time for Labor Day weekend! One last summer blast. I love a good, old-fashioned potato salad!

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — August 20, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

    I have never had a potato salad that has mashed potatoes in it – genius! And I’m loving all the flavour you have added to it as well, it looks fantastic! :D x

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — August 20, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

    Yes, the potato salad that I love. This is it.

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    Olivia - Primavera Kitchen — August 20, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

    This salad looks delicious and perfect end of summer dish.

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    plasterer bristol — August 21, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    this sounds and looks really delicious, thanks for sharing this.


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    Lisa — August 23, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

    Absolutely fantastic,every ingredient can be tasted in each bite,thank you Georgia! Would you please tell me where you got that bowl?

    • Georgia — August 24th, 2014 @ 10:32 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Lisa! I think the bowl is from World Market, but I don’t remember exactly.

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — August 28, 2014 @ 6:41 am

    I’ve never considered mashing the potatoes but I’ll admit to overcooking the potatoes a time or two and feeling bad that they were less than firm. How silly of me!

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    Holly @ The Very Hungry Blonde — September 1, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    Never had celery in my potato salad before, but I absolutely love every and all kinds of potato salad, so I ought to give it a try next time!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — September 2, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    This potato salad looks amazing! I need to keep summer ALIVE with this! :)

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    Gloria Jean — October 26, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    This is almost exactly like my Mississippian mother used to make, except I started using dill pickles or dill relish (like it better that sweet relish), and added the crunch of celery too. I’ve convinced I lot of people that this way is wonderful too. This recipe for potato salad has been in existence for many years, but I rarely see it on other popular recipe sites. Thanks.

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