olive oil potato salad

June 7th, 2011

Some of you guys have got to have barbeques coming up over the next few months, no?

In general, I love summer foods.  Give me corn on the cob, burgers on the grill (ok… veggie burgers), some lemonade and an ice cream cone and I’m pretty much set, thank you very much.  But if there’s one typical summer food that I never touch, it’s potato salad.

And it’s partly because potato salad isn’t particularly healthy, but that’s not the whole of it.  Even if you made it with nonfat mayo (can’t quite imagine how that would taste, but even if) — I’d still probably pass.  Maybe I’ve just seen too many deli containers with their sad little potatoes covered in white goop.  No thank you, not this summer, not for me.

So when I was thinking about a potato salad substitute for Sugarlaws, I figured I would try replacing the mayo with a lovely light olive oil.  Throw in some fresh herbs for a little color and flavor, and this is healthy, summery and just as delicious as any potato salad you’ve tried.

Olive Oil Potato Salad Recipe


2 pounds new potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped scallion
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Boil potatoes just until tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer potatoes to large bowl. Add olive oil to potatoes and toss to coat. Mix in scallions, parsley, lemon juice, Parmesan, salt and pepper.  Serve.

Tags: food · side dishes

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rachel @ sweettarte // Jun 7, 2011 at 8:27 am

    yum this looks light and delicious! and i love the idea of adding Parmesan.

  • 2 sarah, simply cooked // Jun 7, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I think a fruity olive oil would work really well here. I made potato salad yesterday with a plain yogurt and sour cream dressing, which worked well. Mayo tastes fake to me now.

  • 3 Rachel // Jun 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

    This does look delicious! Can’t go wrong with all the herbs especially…but I do like the above comment about yogurt, that could be a fun Indian-ish twist

  • 4 Joanne // Jun 7, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Add some roasted garlic to this and you basically have my favorite potato salad of all time! Love it!

  • 5 Chiara // Jun 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious!
    I am not a fan of the typical potato salad either… it is boring and too fatty.
    xo C.

  • 6 Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen // Jun 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Ohh good idea! I’m on my “wedding diet” so any ideas I can find to lighten up some of my favorites are always welcome!!

  • 7 magicb // Jun 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Hi, I’m a big fan of your blog and I love cooking! I tried this salad (I used a different king of chees though) and this is what I’ve got: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sTjWQ2-GIEo/Te-YlUcHQTI/AAAAAAAAGOI/1TqpPTEGnEc/s1600/salata4.jpg

  • 8 katy // Jun 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Looks great!!!

  • 9 elle marie // Jun 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Potato salad is one of those foods that are so versatile.. I love Japanese Potato salad but I’m so eager to try yours.

  • 10 Shasie // Jun 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Love this healthy version of a picnic side!

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  • 11 Inventive Vegan // Jun 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I completely understand not eating the gross store bought potato salad.  Its flavorless and disappointing.  I use veganaise which is much healthier than regular mayo, and is made with beneficial grape seed oil (high in vit E= nice skin!).

  • 12 Sophia // Jul 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I grew up eating potato salad dressed this way.  The only thing different is the cheese and I cant wait to try it.  We always called it Greek potato salad.

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