Food + Drink Recipes

No Mayo Potato Salad Recipe

May 14, 2019

With this mayo-less recipe, you don’t have to worry about the potato salad sitting out and spoiling.

By Kirsten Johnson

Though Mother Nature is keeping us on our toes this year, spring is, in fact, here and barbecue season will soon arrive. Memorial Day is right around the corner, and this take on potato salad will surprise and delight everyone at the party.

Instead of the classic mayo-laden potato salad everyone is used to, this dish includes a light vinaigrette, fresh herbs and sweet, crisp corn. So you can stop worrying about how long it’s been sitting out on the buffet and focus on winning your next cornhole match. As red potatoes often come in a 3-pound bag, I often double it to serve the whole party.

No Mayo Potato Salad

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Servings 6-8


1 ½ pounds. small red potatoes

2 cups corn, fresh, canned or frozen (which I usually use)

½ cup red onion, diced small

½ cup sliced celery

1/3 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons vinegar, white wine (my favorite), white balsamic or apple cider

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1-2 tablespoons other fresh herbs dill, thyme or other to taste


Boil potatoes about 15 minutes or until they easily fall off a fork. Even using larger red potatoes, 15 minutes is usually sufficient.Let cool and cut into quarters or bite-size pieces. Add corn, red onion and celery.

Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl, then add to potato salad and gently toss to combine. Add extra salt and pepper to taste.

Kirsten Johnson moved to Metro Detroit 10 years ago and launched her personal chef business, Fresh Chef Detroit, three years later. She cooks for individuals and families throughout the metro area, including weekly personal chef services, dinner parties, small events and private dinner services. She also is available as a chef for those in Detroit for work, including business travelers, actors and other performers, as well as accompanying clients on their travels. While she cooks anything and everything from around the globe, she specializes in vegetarian, vegan and restricted diets. Find her on Facebook or Instagram @freshchefdetroit to check out what she’s cooking up for people this week.

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