Italian Potato Salad


Introduce a new potato salad possibility to your picnic table with Italian Potato Salad – russet potatoes tossed with olive oil, vinegar, onion, garlic, and parsley.

Italian Potato Salad

Potato salad – such a classic side dish to serve at picnics yet there are so many ways you can dress it up. I’m guessing you are familiar with mayonnaise-based potato salads and even Amish-based potato salads with mustard, but what if I told you one of the best ways to make it involves olive oil? For the past few years now, Dad makes his Italian Potato Salad for cook outs, a recipe he learned from his mom and then passed it along to me. Today I’m teaming up with Sunday Supper and Idaho Potato Commission to bring you a new potato salad possibility for your picnics and cook outs with my take on Italian Potato Salad.

Italian Potato Salad

I made my potato salad slightly different than my dad. First, I added garlic and parsley pastes, which you can find both in your store’s produce section by the fresh herbs. Using pastes distributes the flavors more evenly in the dressing; however, you can use minced garlic and chopped parsley if you don’t have the pastes. Or you can make your own pastes.

Italian Potato Salad

Since you’re using olive oil as a dressing rather than a cooking oil, you want to use the best quality you can afford. I highly recommend not using vegetable oil as a substitute. In fact, I’d say don’t substitute the olive oil at all, but if you must, make sure you use a flavored oil.

Idaho® Potatoes

Now it wouldn’t be a potato salad without talking about the star of the dish – the potatoes! The potatoes I used are russet potatoes, straight from Idaho Potato Commission. Last summer, I won 30 pounds of freshly dug-up potatoes from their farm and made some killer recipes with them, such as my Baked Potato Soup and Homemade Salt and Vinegar Chips. Now along with Idaho Potato Commission’s help, Sunday Supper is giving you new potato salad ideas for your picnic table this summer. For more potato recipes, please visit Idaho Potato Commission’s website and check them out on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

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Yields 2-4

Italian Potato Salad

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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3 cups cubed potatoes (roughly 2 large potatoes)
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon parsley paste
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sliced onion


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook 10-15 minutes until soft but not overcooked. Drain and cool.
  2. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, parsley paste, garlic paste, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the potatoes, onion, and olive oil mixture. Chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving.

Want more? Check out these other potato recipes:

Baked Potato Soup

Homemade Salt and Vinegar Chips

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Easy Cheesy Stovetop Scalloped Potatoes

Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad

Chicken Pot Pie Soup (with potatoes)

Here are more Potato Salad Possibilities from Sunday Supper:

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I love that this recipe is not for a giant batch of potato salad. It will be just right for making it any day for the 2 of us (with a little leftover for lunch the next day too).

  2. Yum! This is such a simple and delicious potato salad! Love the flavors you used!

  3. Thank you for all the nice recipes. Have a Great Week!

  4. This is my type of potato salad! Feels like what you’d get in a mayo based one but with olive oil instead!

  5. Yummy…I love how simple and refreshing this is! Can’t wait to try it, Carla!

  6. It’s nice having a potato salad that doesn’t use the usual mayo. :D

  7. This is my kind of potato salad! Looks amazing.

  8. Oh I am in love with this! Yummo!

  9. Perfectly simple and delicious! Love the addition of garlic and parsley.

  10. Kudos to Dad for this yummy Italian-style potato salad, Carla. The touch of olive oil and garlic paste is brilliant!

  11. love this tasty, fresh and flavorful spin on potato salad with the garlic and parsley pastes!!! brilliant!

  12. i love your potato salad version. Sounds fantastic!

  13. This is so simple, but I can just tell that it packs a ton of flavor! I’m beginning to think that all I’m making for dinner today is a variety of potato salads…this one included – yum!

  14. This is such a great idea. Using olive oil with garlic and parsley pastes is a great picnic option!

  15. I love the idea of using the garlic paste to evenly distribute the flavor. So smart, because that’s one of the reasons I’ve shied away from using garlic in potato salad – some bites would be really garlicky, and others would have none of that flavor at all. Problem solved!

    • Exactly. And although garlic paste is still raw garlic, it’s not as….bitey as a spoonful of minced pieces (which to me is the best part but I’m a huge garlic freak ;) )

  16. I won’t eat mayo-based potato salads, so this one looks like a perfect substitute!

  17. I love how simple yet full of flavor this salad is…and it looks pretty too! The garlic paste and parsley paste surprised me…but in a good way. Very smart!

  18. This is exactly the kind of potato salad I would want to eat. No mayo, lots of beautiful herb flavor, and simple to make!

  19. I love Italian anything and this sounds delicious!

  20. This potato salad would be a big hit with my husband! Italian flavors and seasonings are his favorite!

  21. Wow! I just made potato salad this weekend. I wished I had seen this recipe. where I took it would have been an excellent place and group of people to appreciate something new and different. I am actually anxious to see how this tastes!

  22. Not being a huge mayo fan, this a potato salad I can get behind!

  23. We have been making this salad for years in my family especially in the summer . We especially love it with the addition of tomatoes and oregano. Try it – it’s delicious!

  24. This is definitely the way I like to enjoy my potato salads – lightly dressed without mayo! YUM!

  25. Can I just pull up a chair at your table and you feed me all your tater dishes? Yes? Thanks!

  26. Duuuude! Pass the taters, please!

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