Garden Potato Salad Recipe - Traditional New England Dish

Garden Potato Salad

Garden Potato Salad Recipe - Traditional New England Dish
Region / culture: New England | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 6


Garden Potato Salad
Garden Potato Salad

Garden Potato Salad is a delicious and refreshing dish that is perfect for summer picnics, barbecues, or any time you want a light and healthy side dish. This recipe combines the flavors of fresh vegetables with a creamy dressing for a satisfying and flavorful salad.


Potato salad has been a popular dish for centuries, with variations found in many different cultures around the world. The addition of fresh garden vegetables to the traditional potato salad recipe adds a new twist and enhances the flavor and nutritional value of the dish.



How to prepare

  1. Cook the potatoes until they are tender. Allow them to cool, then add all the other ingredients. Cover the mixture and refrigerate it until chilled.


  • Add cooked chicken or shrimp for a protein boost.
  • Substitute different vegetables, such as peas, carrots, or zucchini, for a different flavor profile.
  • Use a different type of dressing, such as a vinaigrette or a yogurt-based dressing, for a lighter option.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the potatoes until they are just tender, as overcooking can make them mushy.

- For a more flavorful salad, try roasting the vegetables before adding them to the salad.

- Adjust the seasonings in the dressing to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Garden Potato Salad is best served chilled as a side dish with grilled meats or sandwiches. It can also be enjoyed on its own as a light and refreshing meal.

Cooking Techniques

Boil the potatoes until tender.

- Blanch the green beans for a crisp texture.

- Mix the dressing ingredients together until well combined.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use white potatoes or sweet potatoes instead of red Maine potatoes.

- Substitute Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise for a healthier option.

- Use any type of fresh herbs or spices to customize the flavor of the dressing.

Make Ahead Tips

Garden Potato Salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Just be sure to stir the salad before serving to redistribute the dressing.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Garden Potato Salad in a large bowl or on a platter garnished with fresh herbs or a sprinkle of paprika for a colorful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Garden Potato Salad pairs well with grilled chicken, burgers, hot dogs, or sandwiches. It also goes well with a variety of other salads or vegetable dishes.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Garden Potato Salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply allow the salad to come to room temperature or enjoy it cold.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Garden Potato Salad contains approximately 250 calories.


Each serving of Garden Potato Salad contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Garden Potato Salad contains approximately 10 grams of fat.


Each serving of Garden Potato Salad contains approximately 5 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Garden Potato Salad is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium.


This recipe contains eggs and dairy products.


Garden Potato Salad is a nutritious and delicious side dish that is perfect for any occasion. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and provides a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.


Garden Potato Salad is a versatile and delicious dish that is perfect for any occasion. With its fresh vegetables, creamy dressing, and flavorful seasonings, it is sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy this nutritious and satisfying salad as a side dish or a light meal.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of finding this recipe for the first time brings a smile to my face. It was a warm summer day, the sun shining brightly as I strolled through my neighbor's garden. Mrs. Jenkins, a sweet old lady with a green thumb, had invited me over to pick some fresh vegetables from her bountiful garden.

As I wandered through the rows of vibrant plants, the colors and scents were overwhelming. I couldn't help but feel a sense of peace and contentment as I plucked ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and fragrant herbs from the vines.

Mrs. Jenkins watched me with a knowing smile as I filled my basket with an assortment of vegetables. "Would you like to learn how to make my famous Garden Potato Salad?" she asked, her eyes twinkling with mischief.

I eagerly nodded, intrigued by the idea of using fresh vegetables from the garden in a new dish. Mrs. Jenkins led me to her cozy kitchen, where she pulled out a worn recipe card from a well-loved recipe box.

"This recipe has been passed down through generations in my family," she explained, her voice filled with nostalgia. "It's simple, but the key is using the freshest ingredients you can find."

She guided me through the steps, showing me how to boil the potatoes to the perfect tenderness, chop the vegetables with precision, and mix the dressing with just the right amount of tanginess. As we worked together, the kitchen filled with the delicious aromas of fresh herbs and vegetables.

After hours of chopping, stirring, and tasting, we finally sat down to enjoy the fruits of our labor. The Garden Potato Salad was a revelation – a symphony of flavors and textures that danced on my taste buds.

As I savored each bite, I couldn't help but feel a sense of gratitude for Mrs. Jenkins and her willingness to share her treasured recipe with me. It was more than just a dish – it was a connection to the past, a reminder of the simple pleasures of life.

From that day on, Garden Potato Salad became a staple in my own kitchen. I made it for family gatherings, potlucks with friends, and quiet meals at home. Each time I prepared it, I felt a sense of joy and fulfillment, knowing that I was carrying on a tradition that had been passed down through generations.

Over the years, I tweaked the recipe to suit my own tastes, adding a pinch of this and a dash of that to make it my own. But the essence of the dish – the fresh vegetables, the tangy dressing, the love and care that went into every bite – remained the same.

Now, as I pass the recipe on to my own grandchildren, I hope that they will feel the same sense of connection and joy that I have experienced. I hope that they will remember the warm summer day when they first learned to make Garden Potato Salad, and the love and laughter that surrounded them as they shared it with others.

And as I watch them chop, stir, and taste the familiar flavors of the dish, I know that Mrs. Jenkins would be proud. Proud that her recipe – a simple, humble dish made with love and care – has found a new home in the hearts and kitchens of another generation.


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