Classic Southern Potato Salad
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Classic Southern Potato Salad

Hearty potatoes in a creamy dressing, with bits of color and crunch. This Classic Southern Potato Salad is an excellent dish for your cookouts, potlucks and family gatherings.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword potato salad
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 24 Servings
Calories 218kcal
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  • 5 pounds russet potatoes washed
  • 1/2 green bell pepper seeded + diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper seeded + diced
  • 1/2 small onion peeled + diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickles diced
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar more or less to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika plus more for top
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 eggs hard boiled, peeled


  • Wash the potatoes. Place them in a large pot and cover them with cold water by 2 inches.
  • Place the pot on the stove and bring to a low boil. Cook until you can easily pierce the potatoes through with a knife. You want them to be firm, but not too hard. It takes about 30 – 45 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes.
    If your potatoes are different sizes, remove the smaller ones when they are ready and continue to cook the larger ones until they are done.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, combine the bell peppers, onion, pickles, pickle juice, mayo / salad dressing, mustard, sugar, salt, pepper, and paprika in a large bowl.
  • Add the hard boiled eggs and mash them with a fork. Stir into the mixture.
  • Drain the potatoes and let them cool. Then peel the potatoes by gently scraping a paring knife or peeler against them. The peeling comes right off. Cut the peeled potatoes into 1/2 inch sized cubes.
  • Add the potato cubes to the prepared mayonnaise mixture and toss gently with a rubber spatula to coat the potatoes. Sprinkle with more paprika (optional). Chill until time to serve.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 294mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 10.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg