Italian Potato Salad

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This basic potato salad is a simple combination of potatoes, seasoning vegetables tossed with a little vinegar and oil dressing.

Here is the perfect cold salad that you don't have to worry about in warmer weather.

It has a delicious homemade dressing over the freshest vegetables and everyone will love this side dish.

I love how much lighter this version made with my homemade dressing as opposed to ones with mayonnaise or sour cream.

Here is a great alternative to American style potato salad.

Italian Potato Salad

Mom's Recipe

Growing up in an all Italian household, dad was very picky with foods mom made.

He refused to eat anything but a hard crusted Italian bread, never American style bread.

Mayonnaise was another no in dad's culinary preparations in our home.

We never used it on anything, not even a sandwich.

He was strictly an oil and vinegar kind of guy!

Although I loved the Classic American Potato Salad as well, this was the only one mom ever made that dad would eat.

fresh vegetables from the garden tomato, lettuce garlic and dried seasonings are all in this photo in a aluminum colander

Dad actually loved this recipe and raved about it.

Of course, it was all Italian ingredients, only the best olive oil, vinegar and seasonings were used.

It was made with simple healthier ingredients and vegetables and most of them were from his own garden.

Dad has a natural green thumb, even the potatoes were homegrown.

Back in the 1960s things were always tight with money, we had the biggest best vegetable garden on the block!

Mom made this all summer long with fresh vegetables and sometimes she even added meats to it but not very often.

Dad really loved his hot capicola and pepperoni in this salad on occasion.

Italian Potato Salad

Full of Italian flavors!

If you want a delicious side dish for an all Italian meal, this potato salad is the one.

Italian potato salad is full of tomato, chickpeas, olives and so much more.

It's actually a meal in itself, but everyone loves how it compliments any meal, even a side dish when you're making pasta!

This is a versatile delicious Italian potato salad.

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Options and Tips

We kept our salads very simple with vegetables and some mozzarella.

You can adapt this Italian potato salad any way you prefer.

Adding pepperoni, chopped cooked meats of any kind are fine.

Remember that the meats you add have to stay cold.

If this stays out a long time I recommend placing the bowl it's already in on top of another bowl filled of ice.

We always want to play it safe especially at picnics and outdoor functions.

When adding leafy greens like lettuce, always add them just before serving so they don't wilt.

I also recommend using russet boiled potatoes, they're not grainy and hold up the best.

One last thing we like to add is croutons on top, which is a last minute garnish.

Italian Potato Salad

Yield: 10
prep time: 25 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 45 M
This is a great side dish all summer long using fresh vegetables. This is an Italian style salad with potatoes in it but dressed with seasonings, vinegar, and oil.


  • 6 to 8 cubed boiled potatoes with no skins Italian Potato Salad Recipe
  • 1 can of pitted large black olive or kalamata olives
  • 3 chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • 1 bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber chopped seeds removed
  • cubed mozzarella cheese
  • freshly chopped basil leaves 
  • Optional Vegetables: chopped celery, finely chopped onions, sliced radishes, fresh spinach, cabbage slaw, fresh peas, cubed avocado, corn cut off the cob, chopped fresh broccoli, julienne carrots, hot peppers, cherry peppers, salami, provolone cubed, pepperoni, prosciutto, hot capicola chopped. Artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, cooked artichoke, cooked or raw zucchini cubes or other squash, arugula or cooked escarole. Chopped fresh cauliflower or broccoli florets. Garnish with garlic flavored croutons.


How to cook Italian Potato Salad

  1. Place all the ingredients you want to use in a large glass bowl. 
  2. Toss with the dressing below, serve cold.
  3. Dressing:
  4. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  5. 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  6. 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  7. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano, parsley
  10. salt and pepper to taste
  11. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  12. In a large enough bowl to accommodate all the vegetables, you have chosen for your salad, toss with the dressing and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. You can double this recipe if you added more vegetables to your bowl with the options given.
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  1. Although I still prefer mom's potato salad, over the years, I've managed to learn to enjoy many versions and I know I'd like this one.

  2. What a fun twist on potato salad, Claudia! Love the dressing!!


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