This healthy potato salad recipe packed with flavour and beautiful textures makes such a great gluten-free and vegetarian recipe. I’m a huge fan of wholesomeness and eating as wholesome as possible is the key to a successful healthy lifestyle. Homemade food and homemade cooking rocks!
One very important aspect for any healthy dish is, of course, the home preparedness aspect, to know exactly how is made and what goes in. Knowing all the ingredients that are going into a dish and exactly what ingredients we are eating is pretty important. Even a mayo can be a healthier one.
In this homemade potato salad, like in almost all my potato salads, the mayo is nowhere to be found. Instead, I am making it with a special yoghurt dressing, a delicious one that I am making for two decades now. Yes, at times, if I fancy and I happen to have a homemade avocado or walnut oil mayo to hand I add a spoon of that otherwise it is a miss. I never buy ready-made mayo, I simply don't. I can always make my own whenever I need it.
What is a healthy potato salad recipe?
The answer is pretty simple and I will mention a few aspects:
- It contains no nasties;
- Every ingredient in here is a healthier choice;
- It contains little mayo and even that’s a homemade avocado oil mayo;
- It contains garlic (yep, garlic);
- It’s packed with fresh herbs;
- It contains red onions
- all the ingredients (possible) are organic Ingredients
- It’s fresh and refreshing
mayo VS yoghurt dressing
Yes, go for it if you like that. Personally, I dislike anything drowned in mayonnaise. It becomes way too heavy for my liking. I used to have this potato salad with loads of mayonnaise as a child but I have to say I never really liked it that way even back then. I just can not have a potato salad with mayonnaise only. No way!
Choosing the yogurt dressing for potato salad generally, not only that cuts a good amount of calories, but it makes this salad more refreshing, and yes, quite moreish. You only have to try it to see what I mean.
What ingredients are needed for this potato salad?
Potatoes ( any size non-floury ones)
Spring Onions (Scallions)
Salt and Pepper
ingredients are needed for this potato salad dressing
Fresh Herbs (I used Parsley and Dill)
What potato should I use for potato salad?
The potatoes you will be using in a potato salad, in general, will be what will make the difference in terms of the texture of your salad. Most people use the waxy potatoes types such as the red ones, Yukon Gold or the Yellow Finn. These potatoes are great holding their shape after cooking them and they're particularly good at salads as they do not crumble (unless overly boiled) even after tossing them with the dressing.
How to boil potatoes?
- on the stove - In a medium-sized pot, add the potatoes, ( I always add the eggs too), covered with sufficient water. Take the eggs out after 9-10 minutes.
- in the pressure cooker/instant pot - I generally use this for larger potatoes and set it on 7 minutes.
How can I store this potato salad?
- in the fridge in an airtight container can be stored 4-5 days but might need a little more seasoning and maybe a little more freshly made dressing with some freshly chopped
Can I freeze the potato salad?
- No, potato salads do not freeze well at all
Here are some more potato recipes you may like:
- potato soup with ham hock and peas
- four potato salad with egg and swede shavings
- giant potato and cauliflower filo samosa
- quail eggs, potato and mushroom brunch
- crusty baked potatoes
Healthy Potato Salad
- chopping board
- glass bowl
- wooden spoon
- mortar and pestle (optional)
For the salad
- 700 g white potatoes Washed thoroughly and boiled
- 6 hard boiled eggs
- 3 small pickled cucumbers or pickled onions chopped
- 1 handful Kalamata olives use more if you wish (pitted) *
- 3 spring garlic crushed and finely chopped
- 4 spring onions or scallions
- 8 tbsp parsley and dill chopped finely also add fresh thyme if you like
For the dressing:
- 100 ml yoghurt don’t use a fat free - I used 5%
- 1 tsp honey or 1/2 tsp cane sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice juice from half a lemon
- 1 tsp mustard yellow mustard
- 3 tbsp cider vinegar organic (with mother)
- Start by washing thoroughly and then boil the potatoes with 1 tsp salt. I choose smaller sized non-floury potatoes for my salads in general and I always leave the skin on. Boil according to their size and type. Approximately 10-15 min. You will know when they ready by doing the fork test. Pierce them with a fork or a toothpick if they are done the fork spikes will go through the potato with ease. I generally wash the eggs, boil them together with the potatoes and remove these with a slotted spoon after 8 min placing them into a bowl containing ice cubed and water.
- When the potatoes are ready, drain the water and set aside to cool. Decide if you want to leave or remove the skin. If you don't want the skin, peel them as soon as they are cool enough to be handled. Peel the hard-boiled eggs.
- While the potatoes are cooling, take a larger bowl and mix together the dressing ingredients, the vinegar, crushed or chopped spring garlic, salt, freshly ground black pepper. Mix well and set aside.
- Add the other ingredients like the olives, spring onion, chopped pickled cucumbers, chopped parsley and dill, chopped eggs and cubed potatoes.
- Give it all a good old mix and season more if you would like. Oh, yes, for me a pinch of dry red chilli or cayenne pepper, please! Serve and enjoy!
- Remember, you are only using 2 tbsp of this mayonnaise, keep the rest refrigerated in a sealed jar for later use.
- Spring garlic is the new garlic - use leaves too. The best is to paste it in a mortar with the pestle to get all these flavours in this beautiful and healthy potato salad.
- Olives should be pitted otherwise you will need to remember they're not so you don't damage your teeth
- If you are in a hurry and want to peel the potatoes quick, have a large bowl half full with water and ice. Place them into the cold water as soon as they finished boiling and you have drained the hot water. It will make it much easier to peel them too. Make a little cut all around on the potato surface and literally squeeze them out of the skin. It is brilliant!