A creamy vegetarian potato salad with crunchy veggies spiked with smoky paprika and vinegar. This potato salad with olives and egg makes that summertime BBQ or picnic complete. This recipe is vegetarian, easily vegan and gluten free.
Potato Salad with Olives; A Summer Essential
For the love of loaded potato salads! Never boring, always packed with flavor and endless possibilities. A true comfort food. Like this Texas Potato Salad, potato salads were always a part of BBQs, picnics and family gatherings when I was a kid. It seemed those in the know had passionate opinions about what should and shouldn’t be in a potato salad.
Potato salads are serious business.
My Mam-Maw wouldn’t stray from her sour cream and mayo loaded baked-potato style potato salad, bacon included, while my Ma preferred a mustard-mayo base in her homemade potato salad. Always mustard. I’ve never really been too particular about potato salad, however. Even if it was majorly over-mayoed (mayo lover here). #getinmybelly
But since I started cooking and exploring food in my young adult life, stepping outside of my potato salad box has been quite the adventure. Potatoes are versatile and pair easily with a variety of flavors and textures. They’re a creamy canvas for creating a delicious potato salad masterpiece like this recipe for potato salad with egg.
Vegetarian Potato Salad Recipe Inspiration
This vegetarian potato salad masterpiece comes from my friend, Mikel. He first introduced this green olive and egg potato salad to me a few years ago at a Memorial Day potluck. I was taken by the pops of briny olive throughout, creamy mayo base – because, HELLO (!!) mayo – crunchy veggies, creamy potatoes and eggs.
This olive potato salad with egg recipe is Rob’s favorite. And, it comes in at a close second for me, just under my beloved Southern style Texas Potato Salad recipe.
How to Make this Vegetarian Potato Salad Recipe
Make ahead for best flavor, this potato salad is creamy, full of flavor and interesting textures. Cook the potatoes just until fork tender to archive the most creamy, not mushy potatoes. In summary, here’s how to make this scrumptious olive and egg potato salad (see recipe card for details):
- First, put the potatoes on to boil. Meanwhile chop the veggies.
- Second, transfer the potatoes into a large mixing bowl and add the apple cider vinegar. Refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Third, cook the eggs in water to a hard boil. Cool and peel the eggs.
- Fourth, whip up the easy dressing: mayo, vinegar, salt, paprika.
- Last, place all the ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix.
Plan on refrigerating for at least an hour so the flavors can marry.
A Few Recipe Notes
- What kind of potato to use? Use German Butterball, Yellow Finn or Yukon Gold Potatoes for this egg and potato salad recipe. Be sure to leave the skins on for flavor, nutrition and texture. The light color of the skin allows for the colors of the other potato salad ingredients to shine.
- Make ahead? Yes please! Make up to one day ahead. This potato salad’s flavor and ultimate creamy improves with a little time.
- Make it Vegan: For a dairy and egg free potato salad, simply omit the eggs and use a plant based mayo.
- Salt: Potatoes can take quite a bit of salt. Prior to serving and after allowing the salad to rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour, taste the salad and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Adjust to Taste: The creamy factor of potato salad is adjustable to taste. If you find this olive potato salad needs a few more tablespoons of mayo, add it in at anytime after the salad is prepared. I’m known to give it a few more sprinkles of vinegar too.
More Potato Salad Recipes to Love
- Middle Eastern Potato Salad – from Floating Kitchen
- Texas Potato Salad
- Deviled Egg Potato Salad – from Foolproof Living
- Roasted New Potato Salad with Lentils and Herbs – from Occasionally Eggs
Green Olive and Egg Potato Salad Recipe
- 2 lb (930g) German Butterball or Yukon Gold Potatoes sliced into 1" cubes, skin on
- 3/4 tsp Fine Sea Salt
- 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
- 5 Large Eggs*
- 1 C (135g) Purple Onion medium dice (about one medium onion)
- 1 1/2 C (185g) Green Bell Pepper medium dice (about one medium bell pepper)
- 3/4 C (75g) Celery thinly sliced (about 4 celery stalks - chop the leaves and add them to the salad too if you have them!)
- 1/2 C (15g) Curley Parsley packed and chopped fine, reserve a few Tbs for garnish
- 3/4 C (100g) Green Peminto Stuffed Olives chopped + a few extra whole olives for garnish
For the Dressing:
- 1/2 C + 1 Tbs (150g) Mayonnaise* I like veganaise or just mayo (adjust up or down to taste)
- 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Smoky Paprika divided
For the Potatoes:
- In a large stock-pot, add potatoes and cover with cold water filling to 2 inches (5 cm) above potatoes. Add 3/4 Tbs sea salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for between 8-15 minutes. Butterball potatoes take about 8-9 minutes and Youkon Gold take about 10-12 minutes to cook. Simmer until just fork tender, but not mushy. Drain.
- Transfer the potatoes into a large mixing bowl and add 2 Tbs of apple cider vinegar. Gently stir to incorporate the vinegar. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
For the Eggs:
- While the potatoes are cooking, in a small sauce-pan, add the whole eggs and cover with 2 inches (5 cm) of water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and put lid on. Set aside and set timer for 12 minutes.
- Drain eggs, place in a small bowl, cover with cold water and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Peel eggs, dice/chop leaving large chunks if desired and place in large bowl with potatoes. Set aside.
For the Dressing:
- In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sea salt, pepper and 1/4 tsp smoky paprika. Set aside.
Putting it all Together:
- Into the large mixing bowl with the potatoes and eggs, add the purple onion, bell pepper, celery, parsley and olives. Pour the dressing over the veggies and gently stir to mix. Taste for mayonnaise and salt adjustment and add plenty of fresh ground pepper to taste. Store in the refrigerator for at least an hour prior to serving. Flavor development improves as the salad chills in the fridge. Before serving, I like to let it set at room temperature for 30 minutes to take the chill off. Spoon onto a serving dish/bowl, sprinkle with remaining paprika and garnish with whole olives and remaining chopped parsley.
- Store for up to four days in the refrigerator. It gets a little watery as it sets, so be sure to stir well prior to serving.