Creamy, tangy, and crunchy, with a hint of spice and sweetness from pickles, this reminds me of my grandmother's potato salad served every Easter or any time we had barbecue. She always dotted it with olives for a finishing touch and a perfect briny addition. This is the best classic version of good old-fashioned, Southern-style potato salad. Not too mayonaissey with just the right amount of tang! Serve with grilled or smoked meats as the perfect side dish.

Recipe Summary

25 mins
15 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 40 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cut potatoes into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Place in a large pot and add water to cover by 2 inches. Add 3 teaspoons salt and eggs; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  • Reduce heat and simmer 9 minutes. Remove eggs to an ice bath. Drain potatoes when fork-tender; they may need another minute or so.

  • Peel and chop eggs and set aside.

  • Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, onions, celery, dill, pickles, juice and pepper in a large bowl; stir to combine. Stir in potatoes and eggs until well blended, mashing potatoes very slightly. Check for seasoning and add up to 1 teaspoon salt if desired.

  • Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with paprika, and garnish with olives. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

Cook's Note:

You can use Yukon Gold potatoes instead of russets.

Nutrition Facts

330 calories; protein 6.9g; carbohydrates 36.5g; fat 18.3g; cholesterol 71.8mg; sodium 947mg. Full Nutrition


Rating: 5 stars
I am 64, this is the first time I have made a great tasting potato salad. I know, sad huh? I only switched a few things and it is delicious. Plain yogurt for sour cream Celery seed and peppercini for celery Bread and butter pickles for dill No Dill, paprika or green olives. I also added a teaspoon of old bay seasoning. It turned out to be the tastiest potato salad I have ever eaten and I (the queen of bland potatoes salad) made it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love it! Just like moms. Read More