Recipe for How to Make a Simple Italian Potato Salad

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Potato salads are an American classic recipe.  A picnic without a potato salad just doesn’t seem like a real picnic, right?

What Makes this Potato Salad Recipe Italian?

This potato salad, however, has an Italian twist by using oil and vinegar instead of mayo, and uses Italian ingredients like garlic and parsley.

I personally like this recipe because it is so basic, yet has such great flavor.  Use fresh ingredients such as the parsley.  This is a case where fresh is better than dried herbs.   Add as much or as little to suit your tastes.

It is perfect for a hot summer day when you don’t want a typical potato salad recipe. You can add to the Italian salad by chopping up some onions (red or white) too, but I prefer mine without.

What Kind of Potatoes to Use?

Try to use potatoes which are good for salads, like red or yellow skin potatoes. I find that Idaho potatoes (baking potatoes) are too starchy and fall apart more easily.  

Is it me?  

I don’t know, but that’s my experience.  Honestly, however, I use whatever I have on hand – but when there’s a choice I choose red, or yellow.

Watch my Italian Potato Salad video to See How Easy it is!

Italian Potato Salad Recipe

A simple version of potato salad... Italian style!
Course Main Dish, Side Dish
Servings 4 people


  • 5 potatoes peeled and chopped in 1" cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper


  1. Boil the potatoes in a large pot until they are tender, but still firm. The time can vary for different types of potatoes, so check periodically. For baking potatoes, it is about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain and let cool. Run under cold water to prevent further cooking if concerned about overcooking.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the potatoes, parsley, vinegar, garlic, olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover and leave in refrigerator until needed.

Recipe Notes

TIP #1: Add some shopped onions or thin onion slices for additional flavors. This is how my mother in law prepares her Italian potato salad. I prefer mine without the onions.
TIP #2: This goes great with many meat recipes, such as our whole roasted chicken recipe or lamb chops recipe.

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Recipe for How to Make a Simple Italian Potato Salad

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