Southern-Style Potato Salad Recipe


Make this classic Southern potato salad recipe with sour cream, bacon, sweet pickle relish, and plenty of mayonnaise.

8 servings

This classic potato salad recipe is the quintessential Southern side dish; it often makes an appearance at church potlucks, family celebrations, or game-day cookouts. Packed with onions, celery, sour cream, and bacon, this dish is sure to send your taste buds on a ride. It perfectly complements barbecue ribs, homemade hamburgers, or your favorite casserole.

With hearty ingredients and delicious flavor, some would assume it would be hard to make. Don't fret – this Southern classic is easy to whip up. Here's a tip: be sure to let the potatoes cool before adding them into the recipe. This will help you achieve the perfect texture. Not convinced you should give this dish a try? Make it your own. Depending on your style and taste, you could add in or remove ingredients. A little extra mustard, some shallots, or even grape tomatoes – try out our potato salad recipe at your next al fresco dinner party.

Southern Living Southern Style Potato Salad in a bowl to serve with two glasses of sweet tea behind

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  • 4 pounds potatoes

  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, grated

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup celery, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

  • 1 tablespoon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • Garnishes: chopped fresh parsley, grape tomatoes


  1. Gather your ingredients and cook the potatoes:

    Southern Living Southern Style Potato Salad ingredients

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    Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover 40 minutes or until tender; drain and cool. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch cubes.

  2. Stir together potatoes and eggs.

    Southern Living Southern Style Potato Salad potatoes and eggs mixed together

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  3. Stir together mayonnaise and next 7 ingredients; gently stir into potato mixture. Cover and chill. Sprinkle with bacon just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

    Southern Living Southern Style Potato Salad mixed together in a bowl

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