Italian Potato Salad Recipe

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A healthy Italian potato salad recipe, made with colorful red and purple heirloom potatoes, fresh herbs and spring green peas, then tossed in a lovely, light and zesty homemade Italian style olive oil dressing.

Italian Potato Salad Recipe with Heirloom Potatoes, Fresh Herbs and Olive Oil Lemon Dressing!

Easy peasy, without mayo and dairy free!

Just smooth extra virgin olive oil, lost of freshly squeezed lemon juice or a splash of your favorite vinegar, fragrant basil, dill, oregano, thyme and a few cherry tomatoes.

Who knew, something so simple could be so delicious ?!

Green Peas in a Colander

The mixed colored potatoes here add not only a visual pop, but also subtle variation in taste. Together with the green peas they make a marriage to be envied.

Feel free to give it your own spin with green beans instead of peas, chopped fresh rosemary, capers, olives and some marinated artichoke hearts.

Italian Potato Salad Recipe with Heirloom Potatoes, Herbs and Olive Oil Dressing!

You’ll notice the recipe calls for fresh peas that are steamed for a few minutes, to preserve as many nutrients as possible. If you can’t find fresh peas at the market, go for frozen green peas that you run under some warm water for a minute to defrost.

Italian Potato Salad Recipe with Heirloom Potatoes, Herbs and Olive Oil Dressing!

To make a meal of things, feel free to add some toasted pine nuts, fresh radishes sliced paper thin, then sprinkle the entire salad with a handful of green pea shoots or baby arugula. I’ll usually go for whatever is pretty and in season. 

Italian Potato Salad Recipe with Heirloom Potatoes, Herbs and Olive Oil Dressing!

Though I feel this potato salad is best served warm to balance the freshness of tomatoes and the crunch from the radishes, it really is just as lovely served chilled. Makes a great side dish for a 4th of July or Labour Day outdoor party and great leftovers for lunches to go too.

Healthy Potato Salad Recipe

Italian Potato Salad Recipe

A healthy Italian style potato salad made with a mix of red and purple heirloom potatoes, fresh herbs and spring green peas, then tossed in a lovely light and zesty vinaigrette.
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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:10 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb colored new potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh green peas -steamed
  • 1/4 cup green pea shoots -roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup mixed fresh herbs parsley, dill, chives, oregano, rosemary, thyme
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • 5-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 1/2 lemon -juiced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt + more to taste
  • 1 cup yellow grape tomatoes -halved
  • 1 radish (optional)

Instructions

  • Rinse and cut the potatoes into rustic thick slices or wedges. Cover them with cold water and bring to a boil. Season with a good pinch of sea salt and simmer away until tender but still al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to dry in their own steam for a few minutes.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, steam the green peas for 3 to 4 minutes until al dente.

Italian Salad Dressing:

  • In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, most of the herbs (reserve some for garnish) and season to taste with sea salt. Adjust seasonings until happy.
  • Add the cooked potatoes and green peas to the bowl with the dressing. Gently toss to coat. Allow the potatoes to sit in the dressing for about 10 minutes to absorb all the flavors.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste with more sea salt and serve sprinkled with the remaining herbs, pea shoots, and scallions. 
    Sprinkle with sliced grape tomatoes, radish or cucumber slices before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 1394mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 85.9mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 5.5mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 534kcal
Author: Florentina

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45 Comments

  1. I love everything about this potato salad recipe, thanks so much for sharing! Also, I would like to talk to you about becoming a Chicory recipe partner. What would be the easiest way to reach you?

  2. This is a gorgeous summer salad. The peas and pea shoots add such a nice pop of green. Sometimes I find potato salad a little “blah,” and choose not to make it just because of the presentation. This one I’d be proud to serve!

    1. I know what you mean @Patti . That is why this salad was born, I was just tired of mayo loaded flavorless potatoes, hopefully the healthy thing will catch on ;)Have a great weekend !

  3. Beautiful, Florentina!! I think this is the prettiest potato salad that I have ever seen! 🙂 I’m all about using our garden’s ingredients to prepare healthy dishes at the moment, too. Isn’t summer the best? Yummed this one!!

  4. This is such a lovely recipe. The different coloured potatoes really do add a wow factor to this side dish. I’m currently growing my own radishes and rocket (arugula) at the moment. I’ve been making so many salads using rocket and parmesan. I can’t wait for my tomatoes and cucumbers to be ready.

    This is a lovely read and a beautiful blog.

    1. That is so great ! It is too hot in SoCal for arugula to do great, but my tomatoes are out of control, I am a little obsessed with growing tomatoes and eating them of course. What varieties do you plant ?

  5. YUM’d! This looks delicious. A definite must try! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door OPENS tonight at 9pm Pacific Time. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  6. This beautiful-ness came from your garden?! Wow. The colours are wonderful, it looks so healthy and delicious and…. I want a bowl stat. 🙂 Will certainly be grabbing the goodies from the Farmers Markets on the weekend to make. Might even make me feel a little more cheery about the fact is freezing here at the moment.

    Have a fabulous weekend. 🙂

    1. Ah, we just had a cold week in Cali but sunshine is back and summer in full swing! I make the most colorful dishes when it’s ugly outside for that exact reason, they cheer me up. What stats do yo want about the bowl ? I only have 1 of them, some clearance find from Italy.

  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Florentina! I will be making this for family gatherings this summer and I know it will be a huge success. Thanks for a great recipe 🙂