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Lemon Vinaigrette Potato Salad Recipe

Lemon Vinaigrette Potato Salad Recipe

I developed this recipe for a friend who needed a potato salad that could withstand Fourth of July weather. The vinaigrette was a safe and delicious alternative to traditional mayonnaise-based potato salads. I've also substituted fresh thyme for the basil. Any fresh herbs would be great! —Melanie Cloyd, Mullica Hill, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped


  • 1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, herbs, vinegar, lemon peel, salt and pepper.
  • 2. Drain potatoes. Place in a large bowl; add onion. Drizzle with vinaigrette; toss to coat. Serve warm or chill until serving. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 165 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch.

Reviews for Lemon Vinaigrette Potato Salad

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KT70 User ID: 7704179 228568
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2015

"This sounds like what I was looking for! A friend of mine makes a delicious potato salad with green beans, olive oil and such but WILL NOT GIVE ME THE RECIPE! Lol, it's become a bit of a joke. This sounds wonderful."

bitaminita User ID: 8111101 197268
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014


reh037 User ID: 7854924 197864
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"By FAR the best potato salad I've ever had!"

mrscrazyed1 User ID: 6143812 188048
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"Made exactly as called for. Served warm, nothing to write home about; it tasted as if there was too much oil in the dressing. However, served cold, it was surprisingly good. Will probably make again and just serve it cold."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 198886
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"Super easy to make and very light tasting. Used fresh basil but dried parsley. Definitely will do again."

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 122671
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"ok, nothing special."

I'm The Maid User ID: 5494513 197267
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"Excellent! Very fresh tasting."

larrry4235 User ID: 7259422 194450
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"Used balsamic vinegar, no fresh basil or parsley, just the cheesy dried parsley flakes, and it still was excellent. I really liked the piquant flavor of the oil/vinegar/lemon juice mixture. It enhanced the potato flavor instead of masking or overwhelming it. Can't wait to taste it tomorrow after it seasons overnight in the fridge!"

MDBond User ID: 7048033 122670
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"This was delicious. I mixed it up a bit by adding fresh green beans - cut in bite sized pieces - just as the potato water started boiling. Both were done in about 8 - 10 minutes. Also, used minced shallot instead of onion for a milder taste. The dish was colorful and delicious. Thanks for the recipe."

Sessor1951 User ID: 4385435 197863
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"I loved this potato salad due to the fact that I really don't care for mayonnaise. The lemon vinaigrette with the fresh herbs makes it yummy. I added green onion instead of chopped onion and I also added fresh rosemary out of my herb garden. Will definitely make it again. My husband loved it!"

Arianamarie User ID: 6722003 126382
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"Commercial mayonnaise is loaded with acid and preservatives that can actually extend the life of salads by killing bacteria. The truth is that ANY food sitting out on a hot day will eventually go bad, so don't make the mistake of leaving this dish out in the heat indefinitely, either."

sycamorekelley User ID: 6618177 120572
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"I thought this was a wonderful and unusual take on potato salad....just for the sake of curiosity I used seasoned rice vinegar (Nakano brand) because it has a touch of sweetness to it and thought it was perfect. I will definitely make this again for a terrific summer salad. It's refreshing and a nice change from mayo based ones."

Michael_Malone User ID: 7309129 197265
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"patrm is correct, modern day mayo will NOT go bad in heat. The onions are what attract pathogens. Chopped finely as these call for is even more dangerous as there is more surface area. Someone sick in your home ? Slice an onion and sit it anywhere in the room to attract germs."

patrm User ID: 7042906 152029
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

"Commercial mayo does not go "bad"

It has a lot of preservatives in it.
The onions would go bad before the commercial mayo.......
haven't you ever seen tartar sauce sitting on tables in restaurants???? that is made like mayo... it is the home made mayo that goes "bad" and hard cooked eggs..."

Jlane22 User ID: 7301200 197264
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2013

"I hate potato salad, my parents make the mayo version all the time. I thought ok I'm older maybe my tastes will let me try different kinds and actually like it. This recipe was my first attempt and let me say I am in love with this dish. I am sold it converted me!! I would make this again. Cannot wait to feed it to my husband :)"

larson.mar User ID: 6624352 181721
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2013

"This is the only potato salad my son will eat! He hates mayonnaise."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4441258 213155
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"hubby and son thot the flavor overpowering, but i discovered later that i had missed probably a pound of the potatoes i was supposed to cook (oops) so i think that might have been the problem. I thot the flavor very good and will have to try it again at a later date."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4441258 188047
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2013

"hubby and son thot the flavor overpowering, but i discovered later that i had missed probably a pound of the potatoes i was supposed to cook (oops) so i think that might have been the problem. I thot the flavor very good and will have to try it again at a later date."

1275 User ID: 6324211 139037
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"Very interesting variation on traditional potato salad. This dish was quick to whip up and went well with marinated chicken for supper. Everyone seemed to like it- especially the lemon flavor. I halved the recipe and used Idaho potatoes- what I had on hand. In my opinion the lemon flavor was a little overpowering, but overall it proved to be a very nice side dish."

lorischlecht User ID: 1226455 120569
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"This was really delicious."

pschube User ID: 2658481 126381
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"Delicious! Nice different way to serve potato salad!"

ngerard User ID: 140180 188044
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"This is one of the few recipes I haven't felt I had to "tinker" with to adjust to my taste. Leftovers are absolutely wonderful fried up for breakfast with eggs and bacon."

Jami4 User ID: 5573747 152028
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"Very Good! I'll put a bit more lemon in next time."

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