Southern-Style Potato Salad


This classic Southern potato salad will be welcome at the picnic, potluck, and any gathering.


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 ribshomemade 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 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 for 40 minutes or until tender; drain and cool. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch cubes.

  2. Combine eggs and potatoes:

    Stir together potatoes and eggs.

    Southern Living Southern Style Potato Salad potatoes and eggs mixed together

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  3. Make dressing:

    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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