Southern-Style Potato Salad

How to make Southern-Style Potato Salad


3 pounds of russet potatoes

1 cup of mayo (adjust if you want more or less)

¼ Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp of sugar

½ cup sweet pickles

1 stalk of chopped celery

1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped

4 large, hard-boiled eggs, cut into pieces


Fill a large pot with water and add potatoes.

Bring the pot to a boil and cook potatoes until tender enough for a knife to go through easily.

Once fully cooked, add the potatoes to an ice bath to shock and cool.

Once the potatoes are fully cooled, peel off the skin and cut them into large chunks

In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and sugar.

Pour mixture over potatoes and add in sweet pickles, celery, Vidalia onion, and the hard-boiled eggs.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Mix well and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 128 | TOTAL FAT: 10g | SATURATED FAT: 10g | TRANS FAT: 0g | CHOLESTEROL: 80mg | SODIUM: 44mg | PROTEIN: 28g

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different type of potato for Southern-Style Potato Salad?

While russet potatoes are commonly used, you can also use Yukon Gold or red potatoes for a slightly different texture.

How long should I boil the potatoes?

Boil the potatoes until a knife easily pierces through, typically around 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the potato chunks.

Why do I need to shock the potatoes in an ice bath?

Shocking the potatoes stops the cooking process and helps them retain a firmer texture, preventing them from becoming mushy.

Can I substitute another type of mustard for Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard?

Yes, you can use regular Dijon mustard or a whole-grain mustard as a substitute.

What’s the purpose of apple cider vinegar in the dressing?

Apple cider vinegar adds a tangy flavor, balancing the richness of the mayo and complementing the sweetness of other ingredients.

Are sweet pickles necessary, or can I use dill pickles?

Sweet pickles contribute a sweet and tangy flavor, but you can use dill pickles if you prefer a more savory taste.

Can I make Southern-Style Potato Salad ahead of time?

Yes, the flavors often meld and improve when the salad is allowed to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Is it okay to leave the potato skins on?

While Southern-style potato salad traditionally uses peeled potatoes, leaving the skins on is a personal preference and can add extra texture.

Can I use a different type of onion?

Yes, you can use red onions or white onions as alternatives to Vidalia onions, depending on your taste preferences.

How can I adjust the sweetness or tanginess of the salad?

Taste the dressing before adding it to the potatoes.

For more sweetness, add extra sugar; for more tanginess, add a bit more apple cider vinegar. Adjust to suit your taste.

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