Potato Salad and a Virtual Picnic for World on a Plate

The theme for this month’s World on a Plate is picnic food, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m representing the US in this global group, and picnic foods are some of the most quintessentially American. I’ve already posted about many of them, so I’ve created a little virtual All-American picnic for you, capped off with a recipe for my favorite mayo-free potato salad. It’s a bit more like a French potato salad in that it is essentially coated in a mustard vinaigrette instead of mayo, but I’ve always found the idea of normal potato salad sitting out in the heat to be unsavory.

Potato Salad Ingredients
Potato Salad Ingredients

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Pack your picnic basket – it’s a virtual picnic!

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Seriously the world’s best Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe

Buttermilk Biscuits

And some darn good Buttermilk Biscuits to go with them

Cabbage Health Salad

Here’s a cole slaw so light it’s known as Health Salad

Sour Cherry and Mulberry Pie

A picnic-perfect Sour Cherry and Mulberry Pie

Strawberry Shortcake

And, for second dessert, all-American Strawberry Shortcake

Potato Salad

Finally, the Potato Salad you’ve been waiting for

This potato salad gets its brightness from lemon juice and a good zing from the Dijon mustard. It couldn’t be easier to put together, and goes well with every kind of picnic and barbecue main. On top of it all, it’s gluten free, parve, and vegan!

Potato Salad
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This mayo-free potato salad is the perfect side for a picnic, and it only gets better after a few hours in the fridge or picnic basket.
Recipe Type: Side
Yield: 6 servings
  • 1½ pounds new potatoes, halved or quartered
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and peper
  • ¾ cup chopped scallions
  1. Put the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Simmer over medium heat, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, until tender. Drain and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the olive oil, mustard, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Put the potatoes in a large bowl and toss with the vinaigrette and chives. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Gluten free, Parve, Vegan, Vegetarian

World on a Plate

About World on a Plate: Started by Pola from Italian in the Midwest, World on a Plate is a purposefully small group that is all about cultural exchange. Each month we will have a theme (this month’s theme is picnic food!) and will post a recipe from our “home country” that fits the theme. We are currently nine bloggers who represent Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sweden, and the United States (that’s me!). If you are interested in joining and see that your home country is not represented, give Pola a shout!

99 thoughts on “Potato Salad and a Virtual Picnic for World on a Plate

  1. JJ @ 84thand3rd

    I’m so glad you did a non-mayo potato salad – dijon mustard and olive oil is just how I like it – I tend to add a splash of apple cider vinegar in place of a bit of the lemon juice as well! Aren’t picnics wonderful things?!

  2. Raymund

    We always had this when we have picnics here in NZ, I love how simple it is to prepare and it would be good pair for barbecue (we do barbecue picnics here)

  3. Tina@flourtrader

    This is a wonderful theme and perfect timing. You did a great job in deciding on what items to include in your picnic, these are the things I think of when I think about a picnic. I will need to come back and look into the details of these links.
    Your potato salad is such a welcome sight since I have always thought that most of them out there were too over loaded with mayo! Thanks for posting this and have a good day.

    • Katherine

      Thanks Tina!! I love that this is what you think of when you think picnic as well. And I’m with you on the mayo-heavy potato salads – when it’s hot out I want something lighter!

  4. kitchenriffs

    Great theme! And the potato salad is a perfect fit. Your recipe is particularly nice – love the mustard in it. Great pictures, as always. Thanks for this.

  5. Cucina49

    I am never (and I mean never) attracted to cole slaw, but that photo looks really appetizing. And that chicken! This would be a picture-perfect picnic.

    • Katherine

      Haha thank you! I actually don’t like traditional cole slaw either, which is why these fresh, light, mayo-free varieties really speak to me.

  6. Katerina

    This potato salad is really different from all the other mayo styled ones. beautiful selection of picnic dishes! The only thing that’s missing is the blanket and the open space!

  7. Sissi

    Everything looks gorgeous! I wish I went for a picnic with you 😉 The potato salad looks fantastic too and I’m sure it tastes equally great warm and cold.

    • Katherine

      Thanks! After this virtual picnic I’m ready for a real one 🙂 And the potato salad really is just as good warm as it is cold – my husband liked it even better the next day out of the fridge!

  8. Bree

    What a cute idea! It’s funny bc I have a picnic planned for my boys next week with some baked fried chicken. I am pretty sure your offerings will be much more gourmet than mine! 🙂

  9. Suchi

    I have heard so much about American potato salad, never had any. Thanks for sharing this, will give it a try 🙂 Love the spread….if all that yummy food was spread on the same table it would truely be a foodie heaven 🙂

    • Katherine

      I’m so happy to share my recipe! “Real” American potato salad has lots of mayonnaise instead of the mustard vinaigrette, but I like this version better 😉

  10. Jen

    Mustard potato salad is my favorite kind – I just love the tang with the soft potatoes. It’s like heaven in picnic form!

  11. Hyosun Ro

    I really enjoyed your virtual all-American picnic! Your no mayo potato salad looks so good. I’ll have to try it. That strawberry shortcake is definitely calling my name. Great picnic post!

  12. Terra

    Your potato salad looks so fresh and clean, it looks really delicious! I am craving my Mom’s tuna noodle salad, and my Grandma’s potato salad, I love summer! Hugs, Terra

  13. RE

    I’ll have to try these recipes. I have fond memories of eating fried chicken at the beach growing up. Perfect picnic food for some reason lol.

    I was always in love with the mustard potato salad in the plastic tub at the grocery store (pre nourishing foods transformed diet years ago lol). I never thought to make potato salad myself!!!

    Someone once said, whatever you do don’t become known as the person who makes the best potato salad. 😀 probably bc peeling the potatoes is such a pain?

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