The Best Potato Salad Recipe (No Mayo, No Eggs!)
How to make the best potato salad recipe? Today, I’m sharing with you my mum’s secret recipe for this simple yet delicious potato salad. This traditional potato salad is one I grew up on. You can eat it as a side dish with your lunch or just serve it as a super healthy and satisfying dinner dish. This quick Mediterranean potato salad without eggs or mayo is full of flavor filled with tender yellow potatoes, green spring onions, and fresh parsley with Kalamata olives. It’s perfect to enjoy during the cold winter months or any time of the year. Definitely, the best all-season salad!
Time needed: 25 minutes.
How to make THE BEST Potato Salad?
- Cook the potatoes
First, place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Then, add 1/2 tbsp salt in it, bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer. Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender and the skin begins to crack but not falling apart, about 20-25 minutes but it depends on the size of your potatoes. Drain and set aside to cool.
- Cut the ingredients
Second, peel the skin from the potatoes and cut them into bite-sized chunks. Next, chop up the spring onions into even small pieces.
- Mix it all
Third, transfer the warm potato chunks, onions, parsley, olives into a salad bowl. Now, sprinkle with apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Season it with salt and pepper per taste. Next, gently toss it all well until combined everything together. Before serving, taste and add more salt or vinegar if needed.
- Serve and enjoy
Finally, serve it warm or at room temperature and enjoy immediately this amazing Mediterranean flavor on your plate!
Healthy Ingredients for Mediterranean Potato Salad
In order to make this easy potato salad recipe without mayo, mustard, or eggs, you only need a few ingredients:
- Spring Onions (Scallions)
- Fresh parsley
- Kalamata Olives
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Salt and ground pepper
Should you cut potatoes before boiling for potato salad? My answer is no because it will absorb more water while cooking and the salad will be mushy and watery. Be sure to wash potatoes well before using them, put them in a large pot, and cover them with cold water. After that, add the salt in it, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. How long to boil the potatoes completely depends on the size of your potatoes. Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender and the skin begins to crack, for about 20-25 minutes but it depends on the size of your potatoes. Then, drain and set aside to cool until just able to handle.
No, I wouldn’t recommend freezing this potato salad. In fact, it will not retain its consistency and flavor. The best way to serve this homemade potato salad is warm or at room temperature just after you make it.
Potatoes are relatively cheap, available worldwide all year long, and rich in nutrients. After all, this all-purpose vegetable has many health and nutrition benefits. Potatoes are rich in fiber which helps you lose weight by keeping you full longer. At the same time, they are full of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Even when cooked they provide your body with many health benefits including decreasing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, keep your heart healthy, reduce inflammation and prevent constipation. Moreover, they promote good digestion and regularity all the while boosting your metabolism and immunity.
Choose potatoes that are solid, un-bruised, and relatively smooth without any signs of decay, any roots, or greenish tint. It’s important to note that they shouldn’t be packaged or washed before. Also, remember to select potatoes of nearly similar size for the most consistent cooking. Use potatoes with tinner skin that are easy to peel after boiling. With this in mind, avoid using starchier potatoes that easily turn to mush in salads like this.
Yes, you can prepare the potatoes ahead of time. Boil and refrigerate them up to 24 hours ahead. But first, make sure to let them cool at room temperature before putting them in the fridge.
Potatoes are a great choice for healthy lunch or dinner as long as not fried. Therefore my choice between potato salad or French fries is definitely the potato salad. It’s low in calories and packed with a lot of nutrients that will keep you full for longer and promote your digestive health too. On the other hand, French fries are very high in calories and has been linked to weight gain, they are very unhealthy and fattening. For this reason, it’s better to avoid them.
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