Potato salad recipe

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Learn how to make potato salad with this classic recipe. Choose a light or creamy sauce in our easy potato salad recipe. This potato salad is simple and delicious

potato salad recipe
  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Potato salad is a classic recipe often served as part of a summer BBQ or buffet. Quick and easy to make, this warm potato salad recipe makes the perfect side dish to BBQ meats or grilled fish. The potatoes can be served with a light vinaigrette dressing. Or, try a creamier option, which just needs the oil and vinegar replacing with 6tbsp of soured cream or crème fraîche. 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




  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies