Traditional Southern Potato Salad
Bring the comfort of a big family gathering into your home, every time you make this Traditional Southern Potato Salad. With classic ingredients like celery, eggs, mayonnaise and sweet pickles, it takes just like grandma made it.
As a child (like many children are) I was a bit of a picky eater.
Now, to my credit, I loved spicy food. And besides traditional meals like spaghetti, a big salad bar with all the fixings topped my list. But there were a few foods I just didn’t like.
Onions made the top of my list of foods that I utterly despised. As a child I didn’t understand the true function of an onion. I just knew they made my mom tear up every time she cut them, and they had such an overpowering flavor when added to sandwiches or burgers. Ewwww! I’d even go as far as picking out the tiny pieces of diced onion in my mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce. Gosh, I think of it now and I can never complain about my children not liking a food. I was a real pain!
This brings me to potato salad.
I was fortunate enough to grow up in the house next door to my grandparents. My grandma was from Alabama and she’d often make Southern foods like biscuits and gravy (yum!) and this Traditional Southern Potato Salad. Her mother developed the recipe from Best Foods (Hellmann’s) original potato salad. Her mother took the basic potato salad technique and added a bit of what I like to call, “Southern flare.” She added hard boiled eggs and sweet pickles. Instead of the vinegar she used the sweet pickle juice. The addition of sweet pickles adds a subtle tart, sweetness and overall brightness to the dish.
I’ve always loved this Traditional Southern Potato Salad.
However, as a child, my grandma spoiled me just a bit. Each time she made potato salad she’d set aside a special bowl for me — without onions. I was so stubborn as a child that I wouldn’t try potato salad with onions. I really didn’t understand the value and underlining flavors onions bring to so many dishes. And I was blessed with the sweetest grandma in the world!
It actually wasn’t until college, when I really learned to cook, I realized the importance of onions. How silly a child I was!
Anyway, this Traditional Southern Potato Salad is a real crowd pleaser. Even for those who aren’t onion fans. 🙂
Traditional Southern Potato Salad is perfect to bring to family gatherings, barbecues or just to enjoy on a hot summer day with a side of barbecue chicken, ribs and beans. It’s even great with hamburgers or hot dogs.
It’s a classic that never goes out of style.
Looking for a new version of potato salad? Try my Red Potato Salad, it has bacon!
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