Potato salad is a popular southern side dish that’s loaded with hearty flavor. It’s easy to make with simple ingredients.
Pairs well with baked pork chops, fried chicken, fried fish, meatloaf, or whatever you like. Also superb with a ham sandwich.
EDITOR’S NOTE (June 9, 2021): Added two new photos. Updated recipe by adding more “seasoned eggs” that look and taste delicious.
The ingredients can be adjusted to suit your taste. Simply add more or less of preferred ingredients.
Potatoes should be firm-fork-tender, not soft like mashed potatoes. Watch closely to prevent over cooking.
When I first started making potato salad, I had difficulty getting the potatoes right. They were either too hard or too soft.
To solve the problem, I always pierce with a fork. If firm outside and smooth inside, I remove from pot. I do allow potatoes to boil until they break apart. I like the texture. Not too hard. Not too soft. Also stir lightly to help keep potatoes firm.
I remember serving potato salad with mashed potatoes. The potatoes were cooked until soft and not on purpose. I got distracted while they were cooking.
So, I served Mashed Potato Salad with dinner. No complaints. We gobbled it up.
My point? If the potatoes are too soft, still use ’em!
Potato Salad Lovers are passionate about the ingredients in their potato salad. Some prefer mayo while others will only use Miracle Whip which is slightly sweet and spicy.
Sweet salad cubes or sweet relish? Both contain cucumbers, red peppers, and the same seasonings.
The difference is size and texture. Sweet relish has a fine texture. Sweet salad cubes are cut larger and have a crunchy texture.
Use either one in this recipe. I used sweet salad cubes provided by Mt. Olive Pickles, my preferred brand.
My Hard Boiled Eggs are perfect for this recipe.
You’re invited to check out my tasty Dill Pickle Potato Salad.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe: Tips for Beginners
Reading a recipe is an important life skill that requires properly reading a recipe’s ingredients, and instructions. Plus, knowing how to prep ingredients and what equipment to use.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the entire recipe so you understand it and to make sure you have each ingredient.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitute.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watching a recipe video is great for when you want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. Helps you make sure you have each ingredient and avoid accurately following instructions.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.