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Creamy Herb Potato Salad

This incredibly creamy and flavourful dairy-free potato salad is just screaming summer! I hope this healthy creamy potato salad recipe makes it to your next BBQ!
Jul 25, 2018 | Joy McCarthy

This summer, I am going to share all my favourite seasonal dishes up on the blog that I've been making for years! That includes this recipe for Creamy Herb Potato Salad, which is one I make all the time, especially when we are having company over for dinner because it's always a slam dunk. It's adapted from my first book Joyous Health, but it's even creamier than the original. 

I'm also going to share The Everything Guac and my bruschetta in the coming weeks – both are flavour-packed recipes. These recipes are nothing fancy, but they are my faves that I make all the time when I can get the best of what's in season.


I guess I've just always assumed that you all have your own versions of these summer faves and that's why I've never shared them. But I thought why the heck not, maybe my versions of these classic summer dishes will be slightly different than yours.

As you might have guessed, I'm in Austria. Every summer since 2011, we've been coming to Europe. We only ever missed one summer when I was in my third trimester pregnant with Vienna.

I tell you this because my father-in-law has a lovely herb garden with all my favourite herbs. When I saw it and knowing how much Austrians love potatoes (you can get pretty much every variety at the local farmers market), I knew I had to make my Creamy Herb Potato Salad!

We've only been here a week, but already I feel like I've been away much longer. That being said, my heart has really been drawn back to Toronto these last few days with the recent shooting that happened on the Danforth by a very unstable person who took the lives of a child and a young woman.

I feel deeply for the families who have lost loved ones and all I can think about are the moms and dads who lost their children. It absolutely breaks my heart and I feel great sorrow when I think about it. That tradegy has put me in the mood for comfort food as I grapple with how I'm going to move forward feeling safe in a city I call home. 

This potato salad definitely tasted like comfort food without weighing us down. In fact, after we ate it I said to Walker "I feel so good and satisifed". We also had it with some roasted garlic and herb chicken I made. It was the perfect dinner! Normally I make a large salad to go with whatever protein we are having, but I put so many herbs in this recipe, it felt like a salad.

True to its name, this salad is super creamy and incredibly fresh and flavourful, thanks to the herbs from my father-in-law's garden.

I had an eager little helper making the salad dressing with me. We sat on the balcony together while we made it. Lucky for us, the weather here has been perfect!

While white potatoes may not have a nutriton profile like turmeric or kale, potatoes still do offer a ton of nourishment. Potatoes are:

  • Rich in potassium (highest concentration of it is in the skin, so choose organic and keep the skin if possible) to help maintain consistent blood pressure and electrolyte balance
  • Packed with Vitamin C which is not only key for boosting immunity but to support the body in times of stress (Vitamin C is depleted by stress )
  • A whole foods-based form of energy (especially great for athletes or those with high activity levels)
  • Rich in compounds including flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids which help to neutralize free radicals and prevent disease
  • A great source of resistant starch which is not broken down by the body and instead, delivered straight to the intestine to act as food for the beneficial bacteria in your gut

Here's the recipe:

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  • 1 lb baby or red potatoes
  • 3 heaping tbsp tahini
  • 2 heaping tbsp dijon (grainy if you have it)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup mixed fresh herbs, chopped. I used dill, basil, parsley, chives and rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 cup pickles, chopped (I used gherkin pickles)
  • Optional for extra tang: 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Wash and cut potatoes into quarters. If you have organic potatoes, you do not need to peel them.
  2. In a large pot on the stove boil water. Add potatoes and cook on a soft boil for 15-20 minutes. Be careful not to overcook.
  3. Drain and run under cold water. Refrigerate immediately or put in a cold ice bath of water in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients: tahini, dijon, olive oil, water, herbs, sea salt, garlic, lemon and acv if using. Give a taste test, and add more of any ingredient you wish.
  5. Remove potatoes from ice bath and drain. Place in a large bowl and toss with dressing and stir in pickles. Enjoy immediately!


Serves 4

Don't feel you have to use all the same herbs I used. I suggest you use whatever you can get your hands on or whatever is growing in your garden. The combination of using multiple fresh herbs is truly wonderful and earthy.

Other options to make it delicious:


There you have it, one of my favourite summer recipes, creamy herb potato salad!

creamy potato salad with fresh herbs in a bowl

If you've got an awesome take on a potato salad, share below! 

Happy Summer friends,


Santa Barbara Herb Clinic   •   July 27, 2018

So creamy and looks so great. Must a try with this Creamy Herb Potato Salad, it is one of a kind. A good for the health.

Joy McCarthy   •   July 27, 2018

Christine   •   July 31, 2018

I will be making this this weekend - will add chopped apple and celery seeds

Rachel Molenda   •   July 31, 2018

Marilyn   •   July 31, 2018

This potato salad looks really good. Will try Just want you to know I made your cauliflower with goat cheese and it was amazing. It will be my new way of making cauliflower. My husband loved it too!! Enjoy your holiday.

Rachel Molenda   •   July 31, 2018

Julia   •   July 31, 2018

Hi Joy! Can this be refrigerated

Rachel Molenda   •   July 31, 2018

Mary   •   July 31, 2018

I made this but didn't have tahini on hand so substituted hummus - best potato salad I've ever had!!!

Rachel Molenda   •   August 1, 2018

Lise   •   July 31, 2018

YUMMY...thank you for a fab. recipe.

Rachel Molenda   •   August 1, 2018

Marilyn   •   August 8, 2018

Another great recipe. Double recipe as it is really good. Like the fresh herbs in it.

Rachel Molenda   •   August 8, 2018

Mandy   •   September 15, 2018

Me and hubby love making the potato salad recipe from "Joyous Health" the book, and we eat it warm (leftovers cold). It's literally my new favourite food!!! Next time I will try this variation.

Joy McCarthy   •   September 16, 2018

Marilyn   •   September 28, 2018

This is my new potato salad recipe I will make in the future. Love love love this recipe!! Tahini makes this salad taste great.

Joy McCarthy   •   September 30, 2018

Mary   •   July 21, 2019

Bring back many family picnic memories We also put radishes in ours Having it for dinner tonight.

Joy McCarthy   •   July 23, 2019

Julie R.   •   December 9, 2019

Tried this recipe tonight- very tasty. I the tahini gives it a beautiful creamy texture. Can’t wait to make it again with different herbs (only had fresh parsley on hand).

Joy McCarthy   •   December 9, 2019

Holly   •   May 20, 2020

Made this tonight for the 3rd time. It’s THE best potato salad!

Joy McCarthy   •   May 20, 2020

Sheila Operario   •   July 31, 2020

Hi Joy! This looks amazing. I wonder if I could use sweet potatoes instead since that's what I have. What do you think?

Joy McCarthy   •   July 31, 2020

emanuela   •   July 1, 2022

sounds great. will try it.


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