Saturday, April 30, 2016

Southern Style Potato Salad

Nana's famous recipe of Southern Style Potato Salad is so good it is bound to become a tradition in your house too.  It's a rich and creamy summer salad that tastes like home to me. And trust me care was taken to really bring this classic over the top.

Every family gathering I can remember (at least since I was about 10) there was always my mom's potato salad and macaroni salad.  I moved away more than 15 years ago and every time I went back home it was one of the things I asked her to make. 

Funny thing is, as the story usually goes...  The recipe was slightly adapted from her best friend of 30 years, Susie Q!  We spent just about as much time at Susie Q's house as we did our own growing up and she is like a second mom to me.  That makes the recipe even more special.  So after all these years how did I finally get the recipe?

A few years ago my mom and dad came out to Arizona to visit.  We hung out and spent a lot of quality time together.  We grilled on my new barbecue grill and my mom and I stayed up all night making strawberry jam and really enjoyed hanging out, talking and bonding.  Then we headed off to Sedona for a few days.

It was during that visit that my mom wrote down her potato salad and macaroni salad recipes for me.  Need I tell you, I cherish those hand written recipes, especially now that she has passed.  My mom was diagnosed with cancer shortly after that visit.  The next year went really fast.  It is probably one of the most impactful years of my life.

The things I learned from my mom (Nana to her grandkids) the last year of her life will stick with me forever. She truly lived as an example and I miss her everyday.  You see that beautiful smile???  It was a permanent one that could light up the room.  Those squishy eyes that have been overtaken by that huge smile...  Thankfully, she passed that fantastic feature on to me and Munchkin. Every time my daughter laughs or I look in the mirror, I see her.

She loved our website and was thrilled that I would someday share her recipes with you. Of course her recipes are family meals I grew up on like her Beef Stew and this fabulous potato salad.

This Southern Style Potato Salad tastes like home to me.  It is true comfort food.  Rich and creamy with eggs and bits of onion throughout it is my favorite potato salad and I am sure it will be yours too.  Cooked with the skins on, it leaves a perfectly cooked potato that holds its form much better.  It is really good served right away, but down right addictive if first chilled overnight.


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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Southern Style Potato Salad

Check out our favorite summer salad recipes:  Click on the image or the link and it will open each one in a new tab.


The Best Ever Broccoli Salad is a simple recipe combining broccoli, bacon, raisins, onion and nuts.  They come together in the most amazing summer salad yet.  The sweet and creamy dressing really makes this the perfect summer side that you won't be able to get enough of! Nana's Southern Style Macaroni Salad is the best ever macaroni salad of all time.  It is creamy with the perfect crunch and a little tang.  It is exactly what I think of whenever summer sides come to mind.  This recipe is so easy you can whip it up in less than 30 minutes.

Greek Tortellini Salad

Greek Tortellini Salad is loaded with fresh vegetables and tortellini pasta, making this Greek Pasta Salad  almost perfect.  Add a sweet and tangy dressing to the mix and you have yourself a perfect must try recipe! An easy make-ahead recipe.  Simply layer salad and pack dressing separately.  Add dressing and toss to coat when you are ready to serve.


Southern Style Potato Salad
SERVES 16  |  ACTIVE TIME 45 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 1 Hour 30 Minutes

5 pounds Russet potatoes, unpeeled and washed
1 (30 ounce) jar Hellman’s/Best Foods mayonnaise
½ (30 ounce) jar Miracle Whip salad dressing spread
3 large eggs, hard boiled and diced
½ large yellow onion, diced
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
Optional: replace 1 teaspoon kosher salt with 1 teaspoon celery salt
Paprika, garnish

Place potatoes in a large pot covered with water.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Remove cover and continue boiling for 20-25 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through.  Pierce with a fork to check doneness. Drain and cool potatoes.

In the empty pot add mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, eggs, onion, salt and pepper.  Mix until combined. Smash the eggs while mixing.  If you like the egg chunks you can just stir.

Using the back of a butter knife peel skins from potatoes and cut potatoes into bite size chunks and add to mayonnaise mixture as you cut them. 

Mix to combine.  Sprinkle with paprika.  Chill until ready to serve.

Serve and enjoy!

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2014 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published 6/20/14


  1. I love this post, Donna and I have tears in my eyes now. I remember sitting around the kitchen table in our house playing spoons with your parents, your mom smiling and laughing as we flung spoons all over the place. ~hugs~

    1. That is such a great memory. You, me and my mom drove to Costco and did some light shopping and picked up pizza. What an awesome day. I am so happy you got to meet her. <3

  2. Donna, please accept my heartfelt sympathies regarding the passing of your mother! Prior to reading today's blog, I first noticed the picture realizing just how very much you resembled that smile. Much gratitude for sharing such cherished treasures as your mom's recipes, thank you ;-)

  3. Pinning this and remembering my Wonderful Mother!! She made the best potato salad!! I would have to cut this in half at least...just cooking for two. Thanks!!

  4. Donna this is truly one of the nicest stories I have ever read. Actually it brought tears to my eyes.
    Boy how we cherish those things that our loved ones have shared with us! Well my mom and sister have both passed and have given me recipes that I will cherish and pass on to my children.
    I know that your moms potato salad is delicious because this is the same exact recipe my mom had taught me(other than using some chopped celery also). Keep up the good recipes I love them!

  5. to make a healthier potato salad, quit using all that mayonnaise and miracle whip. Instead us half mayo and half plain yogurt. Delicious!!!

    I'm sorry for your mom's passing, but it appears as if you are her mini me, so you really didn't lose anything because it's already within you. GOD Bless!

  6. I love this tribute to your Mom, Donna. And those hand-written recipes from her are treasures that you'll be able to pass along to Munchkin. xo

  7. Ahhh, Donna, such a joyous tribute to your mom!! I have only a few of my mother's handwritten recipes -- the few that survived the years. She had the most beautiful penmanship and it gives me such pleasure to read her recipes. I will some day soon frame this few recipes and hang them in my kitchen.

    As for your mother's potato salad -- I too mix mayo and Miracle Whip -- in the same proportions. I think it gives the dressing just the right tang. I never make my potato salad the same, though the dressing remains constant (mine is just like your mom's dressing!) I will give her salad a try with my meatloaf this week. It sounds the perfect side dish.

    Thank you for sharing her recipe and your memories. :)

  8. Thank You Donna for reminding me of these memoriesof your Mom.....I loved her like a sister and I will Miss and Love her everyday for the rest of my life.....We had such great times together....and the pot that we made the salads in was your Great Grandmothers and now it hangs in mykitchen as your mom wanted me to have that pot just weeks before she passed away.....and when I'm gone it is yours.....I am going to use this recipe this weekend....and will keep watching....Love you all

  9. Deepest sympathies on the passing of your mom Donna, I am going through a similar experience with my mom right now. Can t wait to try this recipe and would LOVE if you would include her macaroni salad recipe in your blog. Hello & thank you all the way from Nova Scotia, Canada.

  10. One of my most cherished recipes is for the BBQ sauce to the first bbq I ever ate. My grandmother got the recipe for me shortly before she died. I have the recipe still but sadly the index card in her writing is misplaced somewhere inside of this house. I have been looking for it for 6 years now. I know it is stuck in some pages somewhere of some cookbook or something like that. :(

  11. This was so wonderfully written, I have tears in my eyes!


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