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A Fresh Take on Potato Salad: French-Inspired Recipe with Herbs and Vinaigrette

A Fresh Take on Potato Salad: French-Inspired Recipe with Herbs and Vinaigrette

Most potato salad recipes have a mayonnaise dressing or sweet vinegar dressing. The French have a different approach, with shallots and herbs and a tangy vinaigrette that lets the natural sweetness of the potatoes come through. In this recipe from Vegetables: The Ultimate Cookbook, the dressing is poured on the potatoes while they are still warm, letting them soak up the flavor. Delight your guests with this tangy potato salad alternative at your next gathering!

Yield: 4 to 6 Servings | Active Time: 10 Minutes | Total Time: 40 Minutes


  • 1 ½ lbs low-starch, new, or red potatoes, cubed
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


  1. Add the potatoes to a pot of water large enough to hold them all, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes are simmering, whisk together the oil, vinegar, wine, mustard, and teaspoon of salt.
  3. When the potatoes are done, drain them and place them in a bowl. Add the vinaigrette and shallot immediately and gently toss, making sure to coat all of the potatoes. Let cool completely.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Add the black pepper and fresh herbs, stir to incorporate, and serve.

Potato salad is a classic dish that's perfect for any gathering, but this tangy version with a French twist is sure to impress your guests. The recipe comes from Vegetables: The Ultimate Cookbook, a celebration of vegetables by chef and farmer Laura Sorkin. With over 300 easy-to-follow recipes, including options for snacks, salads, soups, stews, side dishes, and entrees, this cookbook is a must-have for anyone looking to make vegetables absolutely delicious. So whether you're a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, grab your copy of Vegetables: The Ultimate Cookbook and start cooking up some delicious and nutritious meals today!