Italian Antipasto Potato Salad

Saturday, February 27, 2021
This basic Italian potato salad is simple to make no mayo, with all the makings of an antipasto salad except with a combination of potatoes.

Here is a wonderful cold potato salad with simple seasoning, and vegetables, tossed with a little vinegar, and olive oil dressing and makes the perfect side dish with anything you serve it with.

Just about anything can go into the salad an Italian platter of cold-cut meats, olives, tomatoes, and cheeses can be mixed and matched to your personal preference.

I love how much lighter the classic mayonnaise-style potato salads and, plus with all the additional ingredients this one can really be a whole meal in itself.

Potatoes absorb the dressing and meld wonderful fresh flavor plus leftovers are even better the next day or chilled overnight, so no problem making this ahead of time.

If you are a potato fan, you may want to try two other favorites, Air Fried Potato Fan or Oven-Roasted, and our Salt and Vinegar Potato recipes then.

This recipe is a nice alternative to the heavy mayo-ladened salad and a great side dish no matter what bbq or event you bring this to.

Scroll all the way down to the recipe card for how to make this great recipe!

this is all Italian style potato salad with vinegar and oil lots of vegetables salami and pepperoni

Mom's Recipe

Growing up in an all-Italian household, we had a wonderful vegetable garden.

Our salads, especially this Italian style, had many fresh garden vegetables in it in the summertime.

We loved to add new additions to ours and it seemed mom would get so creative as it tasted different every time she made this differently.

As many know, from my other recipes, Mom always added a little of this and that, and Dad was never a fan of mayo, everything was made from scratch and Italianized.

I am pretty sure I got her potato salad on point with this recipe and it's delicious with no mayo along with her No Mayo Pasta Salad as well.

There is no doubt fresh vegetables are the best when making salads, although we loved the chickpeas in our salad canned, mom often made them from dried beans and boiled them for her salads.

Below I will give you many suggestions you can try in the salad of substitute.

this is a dish or Italian potato salad

Ingredients You Will Need

  • cubed boiled potatoes with no skins Italian Potato Salad Recipe
  • pitted large black olive or kalamata olives
  • chopped plum tomatoes
  • chickpeas drained or make fresh from dried beans boiled
  • bell pepper finely chopped or use pepperoncini
  • cucumber chopped seeds removed
  • cubed mozzarella cheese
  • freshly chopped basil leaves
  • optional suggestions:   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, hard salami, provolone cubed, pepperoni, dried sausage, prosciutto, genoa salami strips 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 any canned or freshly cooked beans, white, red, black, chickpeas etc.

this is Italian salad dressing in a measuring cup with a whisk inside


  • extra virgin olive oil
  • red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • minced garlic
  • garlic powder
  • dried basil, oregano, parsley Or use fresh when possible
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper

sliced and chunks of pepperoni and genoa salami

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 vegetables and meats if you prefer all of one or the other that fine too.

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.

this is a potato salad made with vegetables and Italian dressing

Try Some Of Our Other Favorite Recipes

Best Potato Roundup
Festive Potato Salad
Southwest Potato Salad
German Potato Salad

boiled potatoes


  • Keep salads cold by placing ice in a ziplock bag in another bowl and set your salad on top if eating outdoors
  • Add pepperoni, chunks of ham crumbled bacon, or sliced Italian sausage for a meat lovers salad
  • Other vegetables chopped like raw broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts are all nice additions
  • Try mixing greens baby greens, spinach, shredded red cabbage all nice additions also
  • Make a creamy garlic parmesan dressing for a change or use whatever you prefer
  • We also like to add cubed boiled potatoes
  • Croutons can be served on top
  • Assorted olives make this colorful also
  • Any kind of fresh snap peas, green beans or chickpeas are perfect in this salad
  • Use fresh lemon greek style dressing for a change or blue cheese
  • To keep potatoes from browning while cut keep them in cold water and lemon juice and also brush avocado if using with lemon juice after cutting 

potatoes in a can to stay fresh these are russet

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Salad Can Be Anything

Mix and match whatever your family likes and adapt away.

This easy potato salad keeps for up to 5 days in the refrigerator and the potatoes taste better the next day after it sits with the blended flavors.

I like putting boiled sliced eggs on top of mine but not everyone likes them and I do that only when it won't be for an outdoor picnic.

Be safe and smart on adding things that can become spoiled quickly in the sun.

Stick to everything that will hold up outside and keep it cold on the ice always.

Italian Potato Salad

Italian  Antipasto Potato Salad

Yield: 10
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 25 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 45 Min
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
  • fresh chopped basil leaves optional
  • Optional Additions and Suggestions:  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,  genoa, or hard salami, provolone cubed, pepperoni, dried Italian sausage, prosciutto, hot capicola chopped. Artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, cooked artichoke, cooked or raw zucchini cubes or other squash, arugula or cooked escarole, freshly cooked beans of any kind, fresh cauliflower or broccoli florets.


  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. 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  5. 4 1/2  tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  6. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  7. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano, parsley
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. note: for a sweet dressing add 3 teaspoons of granulated sugar
  12. Whisk all together.
  13. 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. 
  14. You can double this recipe if you added more vegetables to your bowl with the options given.
  15. Note: 2 tablespoons lemon juice: toss the raw cubed potatoes in the cold water and the juice to keep from browning or sliced fresh avocado if using just use lime or lemon juice to keep it fresh and green



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Disclosure: This recipe was posted in 2014, edited, and re-published in 2021.


  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!!

  3. Such a unique recipe! I love all the flavorful ingredients and I know this would be perfect to bring to a potluck. Definitely a conversation starter!

  4. This salad is basically a complete meal in a bowl. Definitely going to be trying this recipe!

  5. Such as a filling and tasty salad. The perfect lunch!

  6. I love how different this is, yet how it incorporates so many of my favorite Italian flavors from other recipes - my family will love it!

  7. Love a good potato salad but never tried an Italian version ! Sounds delicious!


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