French Potato Salad

This is the potato salad that my mom makes and it’s the one that made me realize that not all potato salads had to have mayonnaise or sour cream in order to be good. As a matter of fact, I prefer my potato salads this way. I posted Julia Child’s French Potato Salad a while back and while I will probably keep making that recipe (because I always have the ingredients on hand,) this is the recipe that I will always ask my mom to make. They taste pretty similar, but this particular recipe uses beef consomme which gives it a slightly different deeper flavor than Julia’s which uses chicken broth….or as Jim and I like to joke “the broth of a chicken…” Sorry, inside joke:-).

If you have never tried a vinegar based potato salad – you must try either one of these recipes! You can serve this at room temperature or cold. You won’t need to worry about taking these to a picnic because no mayo means a lot fewer worries over spoiling in the hot summer sun. It’s going to be in the 90’s here in NC this weekend so that will definitely be something to think about!

Here are a few more fun recipes for the holiday…I have a few more that I will try to post before the weekend, too!

Picnic Chicken

Picnic Chicken – mom’s recipe

Texas Sheet Cake

Feta Pepperoncini Dip

Htipiti – Feta Pepperoncini Dip

italian Breeze

Italian Breeze


French Potato Salad
  • 9 medium potatoes
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¼ cup tarragon vinegar
  • ¼ cup beef consomme
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons snipped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. Cook potatoes covered in boiling salted water until tender. Cool slightly. Peel and slice. Combine oil, vinegar, consomme, green onions, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss gently. Cover and chill.
  2. Enjoy!




  1. Jenn's Food Journey says:

    Although my preference is potato salad with mayo – I do love a vinegary one too. These potatoes sound wonderful. Will have to try them very soon!

  2. I had a look at your recipes and they all sound like perfect summer picnic foods. Really puts me in the mood for a picnic too.

  3. Potato salad with vinegar is terrific! Enjoy your long weekend.

  4. Words Of Deliciousness says:

    I have never had this type of potato salad before. Sounds yummy!

  5. i know it’s a bit sacrilegious as a southerner to dislike mayonnaise, but i can’t help it. i actively seek out potato salads and egg salads and chicken salads and the like that are mayo-free. this looks perfect!


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