Potato salad is a year-round favorite. The ingredient variations are endless, and the dish provides a tasty and complementary side for almost any entrée.
This homestyle version is a “go-to” for me in my kitchen. It’s often requested when I’m asked to bring a dish to a picnic or family gathering. The dressing is creamy and slightly sweet, and appeals to all ages. I wouldn’t dream of serving it without a light dusting of paprika—the same way my Mom and Gramma finished their potato salads. Seeing them carefully dusting paprika on top was a sign to us that dinner was served!
Do you like potato salad with a bit of kick? Take a look at my Deli Style New Potato Salad which uses a deli-style horseradish mustard in the dressing to add a subtle heat.
Homestyle Red Potato Salad
- 3 lb red potatoes, cubed
- Black pepper
- 1½ cup mayonnaise
- ⅓ cup buttermilk
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- ⅓ cup sweet pickle relish
- 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled & chopped
- 1 small sweet onion, small dice
- ¼ cup red bell pepper, small dice
- 1 celery stalk, small dice
Place the cubed red potatoes into a medium sauce pan and cover with cold water. Season the water with 1 tsp of salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 12-15 minutes until fork tender. Drain well.
In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, onion powder, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, yellow mustard and sugar. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
Add the sweet pickle relish, chopped hard boiled eggs, chopped onion, red bell pepper and celery. Stir well.
Add the cooked potatoes. Gently stir until the dressing has coated the potatoes. Chill well.
Stir well, before transferring to a serving bowl. Adjust the salt and black pepper, if needed. Dust the top with paprika.
About the Author
Melissa Sperka is the creator of Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen. After winning the National Just a Pinch Flour Power! baking contest, she also gained national attention with her blue ribbon Nested PotatoSkins, featured in Southern Living Magazine. To Melissa, “Southern style” isn’t just about regional food, but about serving homemade dishes with grace, charm, and a healthy dose of Southern hospitality.