Southern Potato Salad

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The southern potato salad is a healthy, creamy and tangy treat; the sweet potatoes, mustard paste, and pickles in parallel give the next level of umami taste. This creamy salad is best for summertime and picnics. 

classic potato salad

If you get bored with cucumber or paste salads, try this southern potato salad, a different treat. I often serve this salad with my special main courses like Biryani

And my family can’t live without it whenever we are out for a picnic. This salad feels more soothing with fried chicken and chicken curries. Even though there are many potato salads, we are purely die-hearted fans of this classical southern potato salad because of its balanced flavours. 

This classical potato salad is so much easier to make, and you can whip it up in less than 25 minutes. The boiled eggs and potatoes are good energy sources, making this salad more healthy and nutritious. 

potato salad

Why This Southern Potato Salad Will Win Your Heart 

  • Nuanced Flavors: This Southern potato salad blends creamy textures, tangy flavours, and a hint of sweetness. Your tongue will experience an assortment of flavours after tasting this salad. 
  • Comfort Appealing: The yellowish hues of this salad seem more appealing, and I bet you will earn huge compliments after serving this salad to guests. 
  • Nutritious: The potatoes and hard-boiled eggs in this salad provide high carbs and protein. Plus, mustard paste and mayonnaise give it a more creamy and healthy look. 
  • Easy To Make: The only time-consuming part is boiling the eggs and potatoes, but if you have hard-boiled eggs and boiled potatoes, you can whip up this salad in just 5 minutes. I’m sure all the ingredients used in this salad are available in your pantry. 
  • Suitable For Any Occasion: Whenever you’re going out for a picnic, preparing meals for birthday parties, or making a perfect dinner for your loved one, this southern potato salad is must-have goodie for any occasion and pairs well with every tangy culinary.


  • Potatoes: You can use any type of potatoes for this recipe. I’m a fan of Russet and Yukon gold potatoes. 
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs: Eggs are a must-have for this recipe. And you have to boil the eggs before crafting this salad. 
  • Dressing: The dressing for this potato salad is straightforward: you’ll need mayonnaise, mustard paste, sugar, and dill pickles. However, I’m using mixed pickle relish for now, as there are no dill pickles in my fridge:(
  • Other: Further, add black pepper, garlic powder, salt, sugar, and vinegar for extra taste.

How To Make:

  1. Boiling: Boil the eggs and potatoes in two distinct pots. Make sure to dice the potatoes in small pieces. Add a pinch of salt to get a perfect salty taste of potatoes. In my case, it took me around 13 minutes to boil potatoes. The time might vary depending on your stove flame and the type of potatoes.  
  1. Prepare Dressing: Take a mixing bowl and prepare the dressing. Add the mayonnaise, mustard paste, vinegar, pickle relish, green onion and spices in a bowl and whisk them together.  
preparing the dressing
dressing of potato salad
  1. Pour Dressing: Now combine the potatoes and hard-boiled egg in one bowl and pour the dressing over them. Gently mix the salad. You can sprinkle the dash of paprika for texture and fiery taste. Refrigerate for 20 minutes and enjoy.  
Pour Dressing:

Nabeela’s Tips:

  • Drizzle the pickle oil over the final salad dish for a more appealing and mouthwatering taste. 
  • You can boil eggs and potatoes in one pot for convenience. 
  • I prefer preparing this Southern potato salad a day in advance because it tastes even better after 24 hours, allowing the flavours to meld perfectly. 
  • You can also garnish with red chilli flakes instead of paprika. But make sure to sprinkle a small amount of spices.


  • For more cheesy and umami taste, add shredded cheddar cheese. Or you can use feta cheese for an extra rich and creamy taste. 
  • You can add any kind of fresh herbs to further elevate the salad’s texture and make it quintessential. 
  • I’ve seen many of my fellows blend a few tablespoons of Greek yoghurt in this potato salad to make it more creamy and savoury. 
  • Sprinkle the dash of cumin seeds and pickle oil over the salad for an earthy and tangy flavour.

How To Serve Southern Potato Salad?

There are countless ways to serve the Southern potato salad. But typically, this salad is used as a side dish, and you can serve it with any of the main courses, especially BBQs, grilled chicken, ground beef recipes, pilaf, and chicken recipes. 

Further, this salad is an ideal choice for picnics, hangouts, and outdoor gatherings. And you can also use this salad as an appetizer because it’s so healthy. 

classic potato salad

Southern Potato Salad

The southern potato salad is a healthy, creamy and tangy treat; the sweet potatoes, mustard paste, and pickles in parallel give the next level of umami taste. This creamy salad is best for summertime and picnics. 
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine southern
Servings 4


  • 2 Potatoes
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise 
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ cup pickle relish
  • Salt (adjustable)


  • Boil Eggs and Potatoes: Start by boiling the eggs and potatoes in separate pots. Chop the potatoes into small pieces and add a pinch of salt to the water for extra flavour. Boil the potatoes for about 13 minutes until they're tender. The exact time may vary depending on your stove and the type of potatoes you're using.
  • Make the Dressing: Combine mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, pickle relish, chopped green onions, and your favourite spices in a mixing bowl. Whisk everything together until it's well mixed.
  • Mix and Chill: Combine the boiled potatoes and peeled eggs in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over them and gently mix everything. For an extra kick, sprinkle some paprika on top. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving. Enjoy your delicious potato salad!
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