Potato salad recipe

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  • Vegetarian








10 min


15 min

Potato salad is a classic recipe often served as part of a summer buffet. Quick and easy to make, warm potato salad makes the perfect side dish to BBQ meats or grilled fish. The potatoes can be served with either a light vinaigrette dressing or a creamier option, which just needs the oil and vinegar replacing with 6tbsp of soured cream or crème friache. Potato salad works best with film waxy new potatoes with thin skins such as Charlotte or Jersey Royals. This potato salad recipe serves 4 people and will take only 25 mins to make. Once you’ve perfected this classic recipe you’ll be making it time and time again. If you want to give this classic recipe a twist we’d recommend adding a dash of mint sauce and a handful of capers – this combination will certainly get your tastebuds dancing.

Love potato salad? Try our warm potato salad with smoked mackerel or our crushed potato salad with onions and capers.


  • 1kg salad potatoes, scraped
  • 4 tbsp light olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of caster sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and very finely diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh snipped chives
  • Few sprigs fresh tarragon


  • Boil the potatoes in a large pan of lightly salted water for 10-12 mins until just tender. Drain well and leave to cool for 5 mins.

  • Place the oil, vinegar, mustard and sugar in a large serving bowl and whisk together until thoroughly blended. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  • Slice the warm potatoes and toss in the dressing with the red onion. Scatter over the snipped chives and tarragon and serve warm or cold.

Top tip for making Potato salad

Leave the skins on the potatoes for more flavour and fibre, just lightly scrub before boiling to remove any dirt.

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