Simplicity really is key in most Greek dishes. The original Greek potato salad is simple and full of healthy ingredients. For me it is the ultimate potato salad because none of the other ingredients overwhelm the potato, instead they enhance it. While most potato salads contain mayonnaise or bacon or other heavy ingredients, this one does not. Basically it contains olive oil, lemon, oregano and onion. These 4 ingredients are all sources of antioxidants.
A Healthy Potato Salad
Olive oil obviously is healthy due to its good fats and polyphenols, oregano is considered a super-herb; researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture compared the antioxidant activity of 39 commonly used herbs and observed that oregano had 3 to 20 times higher antioxidant activity than the other herbs studied. Lemon, one of the most popular condiments in Greece, is an excellent source of vitamin C which is also a potent antioxidant. And the onions which really give the potatoes a kick, contain several antioxidants, one of them being quercetin which is well absorbed from the onions and can protect from several chronic diseases.
This is also a good potato salad for picnics because it does not contain dairy or eggs making it picnic-friendly in terms of food safety as it does need to be immediately refrigerated.
Greek Potato Salad-The Ultimate Potato Salad
- Wash potatoes and boil for about 45 minutes, until pierced easily with a fork.
- Once potatoes are boiled run through cold water and peel.
- Cut potatoes in your preferred shape and place in a bowl.
- Mix the olive oil with the lemon juice (or vinegar) and add to the potatoes (make sure the potatoes are warm so that they will absorb the olive oil well, this makes a good salad) and mix gently.
- Add the onion and oregano (rubbing it between your fingers to release the aroma) and blend.
- Add salt to taste.
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YOU MENTIONED TO BOIL THE POTATOES FOR 45 MINUTES, BUT THE PHOTO SHOWS THE §THE POTATOES ARE QITE FIM…HOW COME
YASSOU !!!!1LOVELY GREEK SALD.I WILL MAKE IT POTATOES FOM NAXOS, AND OLIVE OIL FROM IKARIA…CALA TAKADY…QUERINO XXX
Our family love my mother-in-laws recipe which is made with pickles, pickle juice & mayo as well as sautéed onions. I switched out the mayo with olive oil & Greek yogurt and it tastes just as good. Can’t wait to try this version. I’ve made so many recipes on your blog & everyone is amazing.
This recipe is so yummy and so easy to make!!! I keep going to it and taking a bite while it’s warm and then after refrigerating!! This time, my potatoes came out a bit too mushy but I made it before and it came out perfectly!! Of course this time i made it for a bbq to share with others… ugh! But it still tastes amazing! I use fresh oregano out of my garden.
Absolutely love this. It was my breafast a few days ago 🙂
Elena, I make this religiously. I have been adding in chapped fresh parsley, chopped red bell peppers or roasted red bell peppers as I enjoy vegetables and they seem to compliment the simplicity of this potato salad. Yassis!!
P.S. I have always used Mediterranean diet, and following your diet plans. I have successfully lost 34 pounds and hopefully more to lose!!!
Made it … love it … thanks Elena.
Thank you Mary!
This looks fabulous and I’m going to make it. The simplicity of ingredients really appeals to me. What type of potato do you recommend?
Thank you Rachel! Yukon gold!
Is this potato salad to be served cold or warm please? Thanks
It is served at room temperature-coldish
If I use red potatoes do I still boil them for 45 minutes and how much dried oregano do I use a Tbsp?
Thanks so much
Actually you don’t even need to boil it.
Tbsp is stated but you can use as much oregano as you like. I normally use half a cup but gradually as I go l. I use it
If you just peel the patatoes and then cut them into 4ths you’ll still get the same affect as stated above.
can this recipe be refrigerated when there are left overs?
Yiayia would always make this w/ celery leaves and vinegar in the dressing as well, great stuff
Love to make this type of potato salad.Its so easy and jet so tasty.
Doris – are you or your family from Agios Floros by chance?
Are you using dried oregano or fresh?
I use dried oregano, the majority of Greek recipes use dried oregano as well.
I’m interested to know what kind of potatoes you use – and why you need to boil them for 45 minutes to get them soft?
Hi James, I have used different types, but generally for a Greek potato salad, the potato needs to be very soft, which is why you want to boil it enough, (almost mushy). Smaller potatoes will obviously slightly less time.
Thank you Elena – I will be sure to give it a try.