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Lemon Caper Potato Salad

This Lemon Caper Potato Salad is not just a refreshing alternative to regular potato salad, it’s a burst of flavor and a delightful change of pace. Want to bring a healthy salad to a BBQ? Want something people will love and with a fresh perspective?  So here comes an alternative: a bright, lemony potato salad. And the best part? It’s a no-mayo potato salad, giving it a light and tangy taste that’s perfect for summer.

Lemon caper potato salad in white bowl with red napkin

The Mediterranean twist on the classic potato salad

This mouthwatering potato salad is highlighted by the flavors of lemon and capers. It’s creamy, salty and fresh from the parsley. Moreover, the use of red potatoes creates some creaminess due to the texture and is perfect for a non-mayonnaise-based dressing. In addition, I add extra capers to my Lemon Caper Potato Salad because I love capers on everything and extra is always a good thing. This potato salad is untraditional due to its ingredients like lemons and garlic but I can assure you, you will love it!

ingredients for Lemon Caper Potato Salad

Best potatoes for potato salad

For traditional potato salad, I would recommend any type of waxy potato like red, new, or fingerling potatoes. These varieties are high in water and low in starch and hold their shape well for a salad. As a bonus, these types of potatoes don’t require peeling. The skins on these potatoes are thin and work well for potato salads.

Ingredients for Lemon Caper Potato Salad

  • 1 pound of red potatoes, washed, dried, and cut into large chunks.
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf Parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup scallions finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp capers drained
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Fresh dill leaves for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Easy Lemon Dijon Dressing

Preparation

Prepare the Easy Lemon Dijon Dressing first and set aside.

Lemon dijon dressing
Ingredients for Lemon Dijon Dressing

Heat 2 quarts water in a pot until boiling add a large pinch of kosher salt. Cook potatoes until tender but firm. Once cooked, drain well and place in a medium bowl. Rinse with cold water so they stop cooking. Allow to cool a bit.

Add chopped scallions, fresh parsley, and drained capers, and toss the Easy Lemon Dijon Dressing into the salad gently. Taste for salt and add freshly ground black pepper.

Garnish the Lemon Caper Potato Salad with fresh dill leaves and serve at room temperature or warm.

lemon caper potato salad with parsley and lemons in white bowl

Variations, tips, and substitutions

This salad is easy and certainly easy enough to create variations and substitutions. I like lots of capers, herbs, and scallions but you can certainly reduce these ingredients and get the same lemony vibe.

In addition, below are some easy swaps to customize this salad to your liking.

  • Golden potatoes for the red-skinned potatoes
  • Chopped Gherkins for capers
  • Cilantro for parsley
  • Crumbled feta as a garnish is delicious!
  • Shallots for scallions
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What to serve with this Lemon Caper Potato Salad

This lovely and bright potato salad is perfect with many types of protein. Our favorites are Yogurt Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken, Grilled Lemon Oregano Chicken + Salmoriglio Sauce, or Rosemary Lemon Rack of Lamb with Couscous. Grilled shrimp, salmon, or steak work beautifully with this salad.

Storing leftovers

If there are any leftovers of this delicious Lemon Caper Potato Salad, they keep well in the fridge for 2 days in a tightly sealed container.

You will have a little Easy Lemon Dijon Dressing leftover, and it’s delicious in my Easy Chilled Poached Salmon Salad, Salmon Caper Orzo Salad, or on a simple Butter Lettuce Green Salad.

Enjoy!

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Lemon Caper Potato Salad

Ana P @ Claudia’s Table
April 13, 2019
This Lemon Caper Potato Salad is not just a refreshing alternative to regular potato salad, it's a burst of flavor and a delightful change of pace.
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Healthy, Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 117 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Easy Lemon Dijon Dressing
  • 1 lb potatoes, red-skinned quartered or halved depending on the size
  • 1/2 cup Parsley, leaves chopped (flat-leaf)
  • 1/4 cup scallions finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp capers drained
  • Dill leaves, fresh garnish

Instructions
 

Lemon Caper Dijon Dressing

  • Prepare the Easy Lemon Dijon Dressing first and set aside.
  • Heat 2 quarts water in a pot until boiling add a large pinch of kosher salt.
  • Add the potatoes to the boiling water.
  • The potatoes should be cooked until firm and tender. About 15-20 minutes.
  • Once they are cooked, drain well and place in a medium bowl.
  • Rinse with cold water so they stop cooking. Allow cooling to the touch.
  • Add chopped scallions, fresh parsley, and drained capers, and toss the Easy Lemon Dijon Dressing gently into the salad.
  • Taste for salt and add freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with fresh dill leaves.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 117kcal

Nutritional information is calculated online and should be used as a guide.

Keyword lemon potato salad, Mediterranean Diet, no mayo potato salad, potato salad, potato salad without mayo, red skin potato salad

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