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Dairy Free Potato Salad

Dairy free potato salad makes a great side dish for picnics, deli sandwiches, cookouts, barbecue, and more. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

A simple potato salad topped with chives in a white bowl on a white marble counter

This dairy free potato salad is easy to make potato salad is easy to make and very customizable.

You can make it sweet or vinegary, with eggs or without, and keep or leave out the veggies to taste.

My family makes a really simple potato salad.  It’s pretty much just potatoes and mayo.

However, I’ve had many different versions of over the years.

Some versions were on the sweeter side and others that were more vinegary.

They also may or my not have had onions, celery, peas, carrots, and/or eggs.

Basically, there are a bunch of different ways to make it.  

In fact, different countries make potato salad differently. 

Over the years I’ve also had Russian Salad, Israeli potato salad, and French potato salad (which isn’t actually French).

Potato salad is widely believed to have originated in Germany.

From there it spread widely throughout Europe and later to the Americas.

American potato salad is believed to have originated from recipes brought over by way of German and other European immigrants during the 1800s.

This style is said to be a simplified form of Olivier salad also known as Russian Salad.

Oliver salad which is common in Israel where it is called mayonnaise salad.

How to Customize

This version is easily customizable to taste. Any of the ingredients aside from potatoes and mayonnaise can be left out if desired.

I personally just use potatoes and mayonnaise as shown in the picture.


There are generally three types of potatoes: waxy, starchy, and those in between.  


Waxy potatoes, such as Red Bliss and fingerlings, have a smooth skin and creamy, almost shiny flesh.

Because waxy potatoes are relatively low in starch and high in moisture, they stay intact when they’re cooked.  

These potatoes have a nice potato flavor and hold up when boiled or baked even if sliced or cubed. 


The most common example of starchy potato are russets aka Idaho potatoes. 

As you may have guessed by their name, they’re higher in starch and lower in moisture than waxy potatoes. They have matte-skinned and fall apart when boiled.

Starchy potatoes are ideal for adding creaminess to puréed soups or providing the airy, whipped texture to a mash. They are also good for roasting and frying.


These fall somewhere between the waxy and floury making them the “all-purpose” potatoes.  The most commonly known of them are Yukon Golds.

Because they hold their shape when boiled, grated, or fried and yield to mashing, they’re very versatile.

Best For Potato Salad

Waxy and the in-between types of potatoes are best for potato salad.

The starchy potatoes can be used if that is all you have on hand but they have more trouble keeping their shape.


You can use pretty much anything you have on hand. 

Apple cider vinegar and wine vinegar are nice. If you only have white vinegar or rice vinegar you can use those too. 

Water Temperature

Believe it or not, it’s best to begin cooking potatoes in cold water. It doesn’t have to be chilled, just the cold side from the tap.

While this may sound counter intuitive, cold water helps the potatoes cook more evenly.

Also, if it’s better that way, why waste the gas and cooking time by boiling the water?

Yield: Serves 8

Dairy Free Potato Salad

A simple potato salad topped with chives in a white bowl on a white marble counter

Easily customizable classic American potato salad. Any of the ingredients can be left out to taste except the potatoes and mayonnaise.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped (optional)


  1. Place potatoes in a pot of water.
  2. Boil potatoes for 15 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Then drain potatoes and place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, red onions, celery, and egg if desired.
  4. Mix until well combined.


f you like mustard in your potato salad add 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, dijon mustard, or whole grain mustard.  If you add mustard, leave out the sugar.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 317Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 609mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

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