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Under 30 Minutes

French Potato Salad

Georgian home cook Louise Brescia of Atlanta shares an herbed potato salad that's great with burgers and barbecue.

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  • Servings: 6
French Potato Salad

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2009


  • 2 1/2 pounds fingerling or small new potatoes, halved (quartered if large)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced (2 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot; cover with cold water by 1 inch and season generously with salt. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Run under cold water to cool slightly, then drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together oil, mustard, vinegar, shallot, parsley, and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Add potatoes and onion and toss to combine. Serve at room temperature. To store, refrigerate, up to overnight.

Cook's Note

If you don't have sherry vinegar, try cider or champagne vinegar instead. Use your favorite fresh herbs in this potato salad to make it your own.

Reviews (8)

  • Pipermilo3 30 Mar, 2013

    So delicious! I used new red potatoes and red wine vinegar instead and it turned out just perfect! Definitely my new goto potato salad recipe!

  • CocoJ 10 Jul, 2011

    Delicious! can be eaten either warm or cold.

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  • ruthannwachsmuth 4 Jul, 2010

    This is one of the best potato salads ever. Thanks, Chiff!

  • chiffonade 2 Jul, 2010

    @JCalise - you can certainly use another vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar, Champagne Vinegar will all work nicely. I would not recommend Balsamic unless you use WHITE Balsamic. Regular balsamic vinegar is a bit dark and would take over the salad. (I've seen a white fig-infused balsamic that would be wonderful!)

  • JCalise 28 May, 2010

    Can I use another vinegar if I don't have sherry vinegar?

  • gramdal 29 Mar, 2010

    This potato salad is wonderful! There's no mayo so it's good for potlucks.
    Fresh herbs make everything better. Such is the case with this recipe. Tarragon could easily be substituted for the thyme. NUM!

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