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French-Style Potato Salad

Maura McEvoy

Servings: four as a side dish.

Wine flavors are subtle but important in this salad, so use a wine you wouldn’t mind drinking. I like to keep the potato skins on both for looks and nutrition.


  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled
  • 1-1/3 cups dry white wine (or 1/2 cup white-wine vinegar)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. minced shallot
  • 2/3 cup chopped scallions

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 510
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 260
  • Fat (g): 28
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 22
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 1190
  • Carbohydrates (g): 48
  • Fiber (g): 6
  • Protein (g): 6


  • Boil the whole unpeeled potatoes in generously salted water until fork-tender, 20 to 30 minutes., depending on size. As soon as you can handle the potatoes but while they’re still warm, slice them just under 1/2 inch thick with a very sharp knife.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, boil the wine until it’s reduced by half. (If using vinegar, don’t cook it.) Sprinkle the salt, white pepper, and hot reduced wine (or the vinegar) over the warm potatoes; toss gently. Add the olive oil, tossing just until combined, and then add the shallots and scallions. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve at room temperature.

Variations on this potato salad are endless, but here are a few that I especially like. Follow the basic recipe above — just omit the scallions and substitute one of these combinations:

Chopped tomato, diced crisped bacon, and hard-cooked egg

Chopped anchovies and sliced roasted red peppers

Chopped olives, minced garlic, and cubed chicken or turkey

Lemon juice, caviar, crème fraîche, and snipped chives

Paprika, capers, and smoked salmon (To avoid cooking the salmon, don’t add it until the salad is at room temperature.)


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Reviews (5 reviews)

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    akitty0543 | 06/20/2019

    Easy, cheap, and refreshing. It's a great alternative to mayo based potato salads. It's surprising flavorful for how simple it is. This is definitely going to be one I will continue to make. I've made it twice now, and I found it didn't need quite as much oil as the recipe called for, so I just slowly add the oil until I hit the amount I like.

  • buzzsau12 | 04/03/2012

    I have also made this recipe since 1998. It is a wonderful, different potato salad. I love the fact there is no mayo and love the addition of the white wine. Definitely recommend giving a try.

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