French Potato Salad

Total Time

Prep/Cook Time: 25 min.


6 cups

Updated: Sep. 27, 2023
French potato salad is vinegar-based instead of creamy, made with Dijon mustard, olive oil, scallions or shallots, and fresh herbs. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
French Potato Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 1 pound baby yellow potatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon each minced fresh chervil, parsley and chives
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until tender. With a slotted spoon, remove potatoes to a colander; cool slightly. Return water to a boil. Add garlic; cook, uncovered, 1 minute. Remove garlic and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry; mince. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
  2. Cut cooled potatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk reserved cooking liquid, oil, vinegar, mustard, minced garlic, salt and pepper until blended. Pour over potato mixture; toss gently to coat. Gently stir in remaining ingredients. Serve warm or at room temperature.
French Potato Salad Tips

Is French potato salad served best warm, room temperature or chilled?

You can enjoy French potato salad at any temperature, but my personal favorite is chilled. This light potato salad with no mayo and lots of fresh herbs is simple and a perfect side dish for any summer cookout!

Is this French potato salad gluten-free?

Because there are no ingredients containing wheat, this potato salad is a perfect gluten-free option for your next meal. Here are some of our best gluten-free recipes to try next!

What other herbs can you use in French potato salad?

You can really use as many or as few kinds of herbs as you would like in this salad. We suggest more French-inspired herbs such as parsley, rosemary, chives, thyme, tarragon, or dill. No matter what herb you choose, you can’t go wrong. Check out our helpful guide to cooking with fresh herbs.

What are some other common ingredients in French potato salad?

If you're looking to add a little more to your French potato salad, try capers! You can finely chop them and add them to your dressing or use them whole as a garnish. Capers add bold salty flavor, along with some acidity, to any dish.

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 201 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 239mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat.