Lightened-Up Southern Potato Salad Recipe

My three kids loved potato salad, and their great grandmother, Dee Dee, used to make the best any of us has ever had. I didn’t have her recipe before she passed, but I know this recipe for Lightened-Up Potato Salad is pretty close. We used to dine with her often on Sundays, and she was such a wonderful cook and baker. I think she would approve this recipe, but she might not be 100% thrilled I lightened it up – she loved the “Real Thing”. This recipe is great for sunday lunches, showers, tailgating and fall parties so I thought today was a great time to share it with you.

Lightened-Up Southern Potato Salad

Cook Time:

30 minutes

Prep Times:

30 minutes


6 to 8 servings


21/2 pounds red potatoes
2 stalks celery, diced
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
2 green onions, chopped
3/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


1. Cook potatoes in a boiling water to cover 25 minutes or just until potatoes are tender. Drain and let cool slightly; peel and cube.

2. Combine potatoes, celery, relish, eggs and onions in a large bowl, tossing gently.

3. Combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise and mustard and dill in a small bowl. Spoon mayonnaise mixture over potato mixture, tossing gently to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

16 thoughts on “Lightened-Up Southern Potato Salad Recipe”

  1. My kids are so finicky about potatoes! I am flabbergasted because Nick and I love em and every other kid on the block seems to love em’. This light version looks so fresh and flavourful. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. So is the lightening up the yogurt and the reduced fat mayo? Because I’ve taken to using Greek yogurt for both mayo and sour cream so much, I think my eyes sort of see yogurt when I read mayo. Greek yogurt is such a great substitution and so much healthier it’s become a have to have ingredient in my house.

    My favorite potato salad with a creamy dressing has bacon. I’ve quit making it as a result because it’s hard to lighten up bacon! You don’t have bacon…guess I could try that, huh? 🙂

  3. Great post Alison! I love all of your lightened up versions! Hope you had a great time in Nashville this weekend. It was great to see you

  4. Oh this looks delicious. I love the flavor that Greek yogurt adds. I’ve tried it in mashed potatoes, but never in a potato salad. Looking forward to serving this lightened up version at our next football watching party!

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