Thursday, April 19, 2012

French Potato Salad

If you're looking for a fantastic recipe for a mayo-less potato salad, this is the perfect one. However, I must warn you, this is the most expensive potato salad recipe I've ever made. The champagne vinegar alone cost me $10 and that was on sale. Since I made this for a big group of people for Easter it was worth the expense but normally I would pick a recipe that's less pricey.

French Potato Salad
by Ina Garten


1 pound small white boiling potatoes

1 pound small red boiling potatoes

2 tablespoons good dry white wine

2 tablespoons chicken stock

3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

10 tablespoons good olive oil

1/4 cup minced scallions (white and green parts)

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil leaves


Drop the white and red potatoes into a large pot of boiling salted water and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until they are just cooked through. Drain in a colander and place a towel over the potatoes to allow them to steam for 10 more minutes. As soon as you can handle them, cut in 1/2 (quarters if the potatoes are larger) and place in a medium bowl. Toss gently with the wine and chicken stock. Allow the liquids to soak into the warm potatoes before proceeding.

Combine the vinegar, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and slowly whisk in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Add the vinaigrette to the potatoes. Add the scallions, dill, parsley, basil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Any ideas on what I can do with the almost full bottle of champagne vinegar I have left?


  1. These potatoes would be a big hit in my home - they look wonderful!

  2. Looks delicious! And I love that it isn't mayonaisse based.

  3. Oh this salad looks beautiful! I almost want to start speaking French. :)

  4. Nice to have blog-hopping with me. This potato salad is simply beautiful and good to know that it has ditch the traditional mayo seasoning and being "mayo-less" makes it extra tasty and very unique.

  5. Simple salad you have there.

  6. Your potato salad looks delicious! Potatoes are always a hit in my house, and I can see that this will be too! I have not tried Champagne vinegar before, sounds interesting! Glad to stop over from Zoe's!

  7. Wow champagne vinegar..must be interesting. Love that it doesnt have mayo :D. Must have been tasted great with the special vinegar.
    Have a nice day!

  8. look so delicious and more guilt free without mayonaise
    but not sure where i can find champagne vinegar...