Potato salad in bowl with spoon

Classic potato salad

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 6 with leftovers

Our classic potato salad recipe is the perfect barbecue side dish, great for picnic spreads or paired with roast leftovers. Try our easy, versatile recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal144
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.04g
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  • 800g small new potato
    New potatoes

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    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 3 shallots, finely chopped



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 tbsp small capers (optional)
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • 2 tbsp cornichons, finely chopped (optional)
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise, or to taste
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • small handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 20 mins until just cooked, drain, then cool.

  2. Cut the potatoes into chunks, then throw into a bowl with the shallots, capers and cornichons, if using. Add enough mayonnaise to bind, then mix together the olive oil and vinegar and add just enough to give a little sharpness to the salad. Stir in the finely chopped parsley and serve.

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31st May, 2020
This is by far the best potato salad recipe! Full of flavour. i’ve made it several times and its always a hit.
Darren Grant
8th Oct, 2017
Simply the best potato salad ever!
Hououin Kyouma
9th Apr, 2017
What a great recipe! I replaced the vinegar with lemon juice, which made it very fresh, and added a tbsp of coarse mustard. We normally do just mayonaise, mustard, shallots and parsley, but adding oil and something sour really made the difference! Thanks for sharing!
9th Apr, 2016
I swapped the vinegar for lemon juice & zest. I also added finely chopped red chilli. Gorgeous.
Frantic Flapjack
2nd Jun, 2015
This potato salad was okay but not the best ever. I left out the capers but used cornichons. Also I didn't bother with the olive oil and white wine vinegar. The chopped parsley gave it a lovely fresh flavour.
11th May, 2020
"This potato salad was okay but not the best ever." How can you possibly make that statement if you left out half the ingredients?
17th Jun, 2017
It's now 2017 and I found this recipe via google. Just made it and already it tastes great (and will be even better tomorrow after a night in the fridge). This comment made me laugh so much! I did use olive oil (but less than the recipe said), white wine vinegar, capers and gherkins as a substitute for cornichons. There are hundreds of potato salad recipes out there - why go for one you're not going to use half the ingredients for!
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25th Aug, 2015
Hilarious, I also find that chocolate brownies are a bit rubbish but I always leave out the chocolate, sugar and flour ;-)
Steve Branley
4th Aug, 2019
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5th Jul, 2015
Maybe it would have turned out better if you hadn't omitted the capers, olive oil and white wine vinegar. I find it odd that you rate a recipe when you left out nearly half of the ingredients!


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7th Jan, 2014
Wonderful recipe i added a teaspoon of dijon mustard to the mayo before adding it to the salad and a good measure of freshly ground black pepper. I think this makes a good addition.
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