For a lighter, fresher take on potato salad, try this no-mayo herbed potato salad that’s packed with flavor but won’t leaving you feeling weighed down.
Quick, what comes to mind when I say potato salad? A mushy, mayo laden clump of potatoes that’s been hanging out in a deli case all day somewhere?
This herbed potato salad is a far cry from that; it’s light and filled with plenty of fresh flavor. So set aside any previous reservations you may have had about the iconic warm weather salad and let’s talk about this no-mayo potato salad for a minute. If you’re looking for a lighter, healthier alternative to traditional potato salad, this may be the one for you.
I admit, I’ve never been a big fan of mayo, homemade is fine, add a little garlic to it, even better, but from a jar? I’ll pass. But the thing is, you don’t need mayo to make a great potato salad.
Forget the mayo and sour cream, fresh herbs and a creamy yogurt based dressing is the key to this healthy potato salad. The light but creamy dressing is punched up with lots of scallions, dill, chives and parsley. It’s a simple and delicious side any time of year, but particularly so in the warmer months when fresh herbs and outdoor parties are abundant.
(Here are a few notes about the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe. As always find the full list of ingredients and directions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.)
- Potatoes – I like one or two bite baby potatoes the best because they are quick cooking but any creamy potato will do.
- Vinegar – Use your favorite white wine vinegar or feel free to substitute fresh lemon juice if you prefer.
- Olive Oil – Use a good quality, peppery olive oil if you can for the best flavor.
- Yogurt – Choose a plain full-fat yogurt. I think goat yogurt works well here with the fresh herbs but you can also go dairy-free if you’d like just make sure that the yogurt you choose has a bit of tang to it.
- Scallions – Thinly sliced they bring a mild onion flavor to the salad that won’t overpower the other ingredients.
- Fresh Herbs – I like a combination of chopped parsley, dill and chives but feel free to mix and match your own favorite fresh herbs.
How to Make a Creamy Herbed Potato Salad:
(Here are the basic steps and some helpful tips on how to make the recipe. Find the full directions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.)
- You start by cooking the potatoes. Slice your potatoes in half and cover them with water that’s at least one to two inches higher than the potatoes, then bring to a simmer and cook until fork-tender but not falling apart. (Depending on the size of your potatoes this could take between 8-10 minutes.)
- Once cooked, drain you potatoes and let them cool slightly while you whisk together the dressing and herbs.
- Add the cooled but still warm potatoes to the dressing and gently toss to coat. Dressing the potatoes while they are still a bit warm is the key to a flavorful potato salad. Warm potatoes absorb dressing better than cold ones so don’t allow your potatoes to cool off completely before you dress them.
- And that’s it; your potatoes are ready to serve! Serve them at room temperature or chill them and serve them cold. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Want to mix things up? Try these variations.
- Use lemon juice instead of white wine vinegar and increase the amount of dill for a lemon dill potato salad.
- Use a combination of both red and yellow potatoes for a more colorful salad.
- Can’t find baby potatoes? Use fingerling potatoes instead.
- Use your favorite dairy-free yogurt to make a vegan potato salad.
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Herbed Potato Salad
For a lighter, fresher take on potato salad, try this no-mayo herbed potato salad.
- 1 ½ lbs/660g one or two bite baby potatoes, scrubbed and sliced in half or quarters depending on size
- 1 ½ Tablespoons/22ml white wine vinegar (or substitute fresh lemon juice)
- 1 Tablespoon/15ml extra virgin olive oil
- ⅓ cup/75g full-fat yogurt (dairy-free if desired)
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3-4 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh dill
- 2 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
- Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water by 1-2 inches. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, salt the water and cook until potatoes are tender (about 8-10 minutes depending on size).
- Drain well, spread out on a sheet pan and let cool for 5 minutes while you make the dressing.
- In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, yogurt and salt. Add cooled but still warm potatoes, scallions and chopped herbs and toss gently to combine.
- Serve at room temperature or place in fridge to chill before serving. To store, refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
Use lemon juice and zest instead of white wine vinegar and increase the amount of dill for a lemon dill potato salad.
Use a combination of both red and yellow potatoes.
Use fingerling potatoes instead of baby potatoes.
Use dairy-free yogurt for a vegan potato salad.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for3-5 days.
Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Egg-Free, Nut-Free
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 504mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g
Nutritional information for recipes contained on this website, such as calories, fat, carbs, etc. are only estimates and are not guaranteed to be accurate.
Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.
This dish is beautiful! I'll be upping my cookout side dishes with this one.
Kristen Chidsey says
What a stunning side dish. That vinaigrette is absolute flavor perfectioin and something I could put on EVERYTHING!
Oh yum, this looks so good!
Felesha Bell says
Baby potatoes are my jam!! Love that you added them to a yummy salad!!
Claudia | Gourmet Project says
What a delicious new way to have potato salad! Perfect for bbqs!
What a deliciously perfect sounding salad!!
I agree with you about the mayo! This is way better version of potato salad. I love the addition of vinaigrette and will have to give it a try.
Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says
As someone fed bup of heavy mayo potato salads - I really love this idea.
A beautiful salad. Very appetizing.