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Southern Style Potato salad

Southern Style Potato salad

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Savor the rich flavors of the South with this “Southern Style Potato Salad,” crafted from tender potatoes, creamy mayonnaise, tangy mustard, crisp celery, and flavorful green onions, all enhanced with a touch of sweet pickle relish and apple cider vinegar.

Ah, “Southern Style Potato Salad,” a dish that transports me back to lazy summer afternoons at my grandmother’s farmhouse. I remember her peeling potatoes with unmatched skill, the kitchen filled with the comforting aroma of boiled eggs and her secret ingredient – a generous dollop of love. Each bite was a blend of creamy, tangy, and crunchy textures, making family gatherings a little more special. This recipe is more than a salad; it’s a heartwarming tribute to my Southern roots and those cherished, sun-drenched days.

Why You’ll Love Southern Style Potato salad

  1. Authentic Southern Charm: Every spoonful of this potato salad tastes like it’s straight from a Southern kitchen.
  2. Perfect Balance of Flavors: The combination of sweet pickle relish, creamy mayonnaise, and tangy mustard creates a symphony of flavors.
  3. Versatility: Ideal for picnics, family gatherings, or as a comforting side dish.
  4. Customizable: Easily adaptable to suit different tastes or dietary needs.
  5. Simple and Quick: Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s perfect for those last-minute meal plans.

Ingredients Notes

This “Southern Style Potato Salad” is a delightful medley of simple yet flavorful ingredients. The choice of potatoes – Yukon Gold, Russet, or Red – lays the foundation with their distinct textures. Duke’s mayonnaise brings a creamy richness, while yellow mustard adds a tangy kick. The subtle acidity of apple cider vinegar enhances the overall taste. Sweet pickle relish infuses a hint of sweetness, contrasting beautifully with the savory hard-boiled eggs, crisp celery, and fresh green onions. Seasoned with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and garnished with paprika, this salad is a celebration of flavors and textures.

Recipe Steps

  1. Potato Preparation: Start by boiling the cubed potatoes until fork-tender, a crucial step for the perfect texture.
  2. Dressing Creation: Whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar. This blend is the heart of the salad, providing creaminess and tang.
  3. Combining Ingredients: Add relish, eggs, celery, onions, and potatoes to the dressing. Folding them gently ensures each cube is coated without falling apart.
  4. Seasoning: Taste and season with salt and pepper. This stage is all about personalizing the flavor.
  5. Garnishing: A sprinkle of paprika not only adds a pop of color but a subtle warmth to the dish.

Storage Options

This “Southern Style Potato Salad” keeps well in the refrigerator, ideally in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It’s not freezer-friendly, as the texture of the potatoes and dressing can change unfavorably. For optimal taste, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving if it’s been chilled.

Variations and Substitutions

  1. Mayonnaise Alternatives: Use Greek yogurt or sour cream for a lighter version.
  2. Mustard Varieties: Experiment with Dijon or whole grain mustard for a different flavor profile.
  3. Vinegar Options: White wine vinegar or lemon juice can replace apple cider vinegar.
  4. Add-Ins: Bacon, diced red pepper, or chives make great additions for extra texture and flavor.
  5. Dietary Adjustments: For a healthier twist, opt for low-fat mayonnaise or increase the proportion of veggies.

Southern Style Potato salad

Savor the rich flavors of the South with this "Southern Style Potato Salad," crafted from tender potatoes, creamy mayonnaise, tangy mustard, crisp celery, and flavorful green onions, all enhanced with a touch of sweet pickle relish and apple cider vinegar.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds of Yukon Gold Russet, or Red Potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 cup of high-quality mayonnaise preferably Duke’s brand
  • 2 tablespoons of yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup of sweet pickle relish
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery finely chopped
  • cup of green onions finely chopped
  • Kosher salt adjusted to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper adjusted to taste
  • Paprika for garnishing

Instructions

  • Potato Preparation: Begin by placing the cubed potatoes into a large pot. Cover them entirely with cold water. Proceed to bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue cooking for 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender enough to be easily pierced with a fork. Once cooked, drain the potatoes in a colander and allow them to cool slightly.
  • Dressing Preparation: In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, yellow mustard, and apple cider vinegar. Whisk these ingredients together until they are thoroughly blended.
  • Combining the Ingredients: To the prepared dressing, add the sweet pickle relish, chopped hard-boiled eggs, chopped celery, green onions, and the previously drained potatoes. Using a gentle folding motion, mix these ingredients into the dressing, ensuring that the potatoes and vegetables are evenly coated.
  • Seasoning the Salad: Season the mixture with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Adjust the quantities to suit your taste preferences.
  • Final Presentation: Transfer the salad to a serving dish. As a finishing touch, lightly sprinkle the surface with paprika. This not only adds a subtle flavor but also enhances the visual appeal of the dish.
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