Salsa Verde Dressed Red Potato Salad

I hated potato salad for a very long time, I think mostly because the store bought mayonnaisey ones from the grocery store are pretty disgusting.  But this potato salad is incredible.

It is dressed in an herbed green dressing, also known as an Italian salsa verde (different from the Mexican version).

I love having this in the fridge to snack on, and it is delicious eaten cold.  And the best part is it only takes 15 minutes to make from start to finish (5 minutes for the water to boil, and 10 minutes of boiling the potatoes).

Salsa Verde Dressed Red Potato Salad


  • 1 lb red potatoes, skins on
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp minced capers
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by whisking together everything but the potatoes until combined.
  2. Boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes until they fall off the blade when pierced with a knife. Drain the potatoes, break/cut them up if desired, and immediately coat with the herb dressing. By dressing the potatoes while they are hot, the flavors soak into the potatoes a bit as they cool. Enjoy at room temperature or cold.

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  • avatar Char James-Tanny April 11, 2011, 9:00 am

    This sounds really good! (And I like mayo-based potato salad…at least, I like my own ;-) )

    Do you cut the potatoes before or after cooking?

    • avatar Joanne April 11, 2011, 9:04 am

      I should try making my own mayo based potato salad, and see if I like it. I feel like a lot of store bought foods aren’t really fresh/the highest quality, so I will give my own a try =)

      I break them up after cooking. It’s optional, but I will put a little note in there. Thanks for catching that Char!

  • avatar Platanos, Mangoes and Me! April 11, 2011, 9:29 am

    I cut after cooking. This salad is really beautiful and a must make.

  • avatar freshandfoodie April 11, 2011, 11:33 am

    Yum! I’ve always loved potato salad but have never had it prepared like this. Looks delicious!

  • avatar Seedotkay April 11, 2011, 12:34 pm

    my mom makes her own potato salad, but she always uses the japanese kewpie mayo! really good!

  • avatar Bettie Gonzalez April 11, 2011, 11:41 pm

    I love this idea, I like mayo but in small quantities, my mom has this recipe and I made it for her in my own way with less mayo and some of the same ingredients. She loved it, I might have to try this one out for her. I think she’ll love this too.

  • avatar Rufus' Food and Spirit Guide April 15, 2011, 8:40 am

    That looks so good. I think I could eat two of those bowls full!

  • avatar Calogero Mira April 15, 2011, 10:52 am


  • avatar movita April 16, 2011, 6:27 am

    Sounds like a nice, fresh potato salad. Great for summer!

  • avatar rsmacaalay April 17, 2011, 6:26 am

    Lovely salad yo have there. Yummy!


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