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French Red Potato Salad Recipe

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It’s human nature to think “My way is the right way.”

We often draw conclusions about certain matters, then fossilize them in our minds. Even with focused effort on being open to new ideas, sometimes our brains simply hit the “automatic reset button” and we are back to square one.

Provincial Style French Red Potato Salad Recipe

This sums up my feelings on potato salad. I’ve eaten a myriad of potato salads over the years, and always felt that nothing could compare to my mom’s classic mustard version. Potato salad has a bright yellow hue; the result of a rather large dollop of yellow mustard. Mom also adds dill, hard-boiled eggs, sweet relish, celery, mayo and paprika.

You know the kind… In my mind, this was potato salad, anything else was lacking. Case closed.

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Until the day I had a hankering for potato salad, but found my pantry bare. There I stood, desperate for potato salad, with no eggs, relish, celery or dill! Heaven help me; what would I do?

I took a deep breath and decided to improvise. I had new potatoes, not russets. I had capers, shallots, garlic, Dijon mustard, and some Herbs De Provence.

How about French provincial-style potato salad?

Yes, that was the answer, and the answer was tres bien!

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Making A French Red Potato Salad Recipe

In hindsight, I often find that improvisations birth many of my best kitchen creations. As Plato said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” I say necessity keeps you open-minded, at least in the kitchen!

In my heart, mom’s potato salad will always be #1. But I do love this new variety, tremendously. Since that day, I have swapped dried Herbs De Provence, for fresh rosemary, thyme and lavender. This creates a brighter floral, french-countryside quality.

I’ve also taken to roasting the potatoes instead of boiling them, producing a much better color and texture.

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As with all potato salad, the longer it sits, the better it gets. I like to make the French Red Potato Salad Recipe the night before it’s going to be served.

That way, the flavors have time to fully absorb into the potatoes. However, if you just can’t wait, it will still taste wonderful moments after mixing!

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French Red Potato Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Provincial-Style Red Potato Salad Recipe – This easy to make potato salad recipe is unique and comforting.
Servings: 6


  • 2 pounds new potatoes, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers, reserve brine
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
  • 2 teaspoons culinary lavender buds, or fresh chopped lavender buds and leaves
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut each potato into bite-size pieces. Lay them on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with a little oil. Lightly salt and pepper.
  • Shake the pan to spread the oil around. Then roast the potatoes for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown and tender. Make sure to flip once halfway through. Add the chopped garlic and shallots to the potatoes 5 minutes before they are ready to come out of the oven.
  • Once the potatoes and garlic are roasted, allow them to cool for a few minutes. Then toss them with the capers, fresh herbs, Dijon mustard and mayo. Mix well, and add a 1-2 teaspoons caper juice to season and thin out the dressing if needed. *Be careful with the caper brine—it’s really salty! Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Serving: 0.75cup, Calories: 272kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 240mg, Potassium: 650mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 31.7mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Author: Sommer Collier

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31 comments on “French Red Potato Salad Recipe”

  1. Fantastic recipe. I have been making this for years. The lavender buds really sets it apart from other recipes.

  2. My oh my ! This is beautiful ! Keeper !

  3. I’ve made this several times

    The lavender and capers really bring it to the next level

    Very unique and it’s now my go to potato salad 

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  6. I love potato salads! This one looks so delicious with roasted potatoes and capers! yumm!

  7. I love potato salads that have roasted potatoes in them compaired to boiled! I think it gives the potato salad such a great flavor!  

  8. Capers and lavender buds…yuuuum!!

  9. This is so perfect to to along with any summer bbq!

  10. I love all the flavors in this Sommer!

  11. Oh wow! What a great idea! I love the herbs in this!

  12. We made this tonight to have with burgers as an alternative to traditional potato salad. At the farmer’s market this week we bought some blue potatoes and they just needed something dressier to make good use of their special-ness! I made the recipe as is but since my dijon was Grey Poupon I added a little bit of horseradish and paprika and a touch of chili powder to the sauce. We’re big (german, traditional) potato salad people here and we really liked it! Thanks for starting us off right!

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  14. Looks and sounds delicious:)

  15. That's a yummy potato salad, full of goodies. And looks fantastic, great for a summer picnic.

  16. I love my Mom's too! But truly this sounds like a nice change with a potential to be the new favorite. Love that you roasted the potatoes for extra flavor.

  17. This sounds amazing, Sommer! I love the lavender and caper addition. I generally am not a fan of traditional potato salad, so this sounds like a wonderful variation for me. ( :

  18. This salad looks scrumptious! I love it :)

  19. This looks fantastic! I love that the potatoes are grilled first and I adore all of these wonderful herbs. I can't wait to try this one. :)

  20. lavender, rosemary, thyme ans roasted potatoes..wow I am loving this..great spin..


  21. GORGEOUS potato salad. Simply gorgeous!

  22. Wonderful potato salad. I love the use of lavender. I use it much throughout my cooking.


  23. I really like the idea of roasting the potatoes instead of boiling. Why did I never think of that. I put the Herbes de Provence on chicken the other day. It was delicious. Thanks, Sommer.

  24. This potato salad looks delicious, I will have to give it a try, thanks for sharing!

  25. This is a beauty of a potato salad and one that appeals to virtually all the senses! Now I just HAVE to try lavender in my next tater salad LOL

  26. This dish is inspired!
    I am going to try this tonight with some belly pork I'm roasting. I know if I put lavender in mine that my husband will freak because he HATES it but the rest will go down a storm. What a wonderful idea to roast the potatoes and bring out the natural sugars.

  27. What a gorgeous potato salad. I love how the potatoes are roasted first.

  28. I can just picture this with a piping hot roast pork. On a warm Sunday BBQ…
    Especially the rosemary and lavender dancing around with the pork in your mouth.

    I'm glad that you are using lavender in something savoury. I love it too, tho my neighbour seems to be not keen on having their lavenders picked. Hahaha

    It's true in our hearts, mum's food is no 1. But hey, you will be no 1's too with this.

  29. Since I am crazy for fresh herbs, if you talk about herbes de Provence and Lavender, I will have to say that your potato salad is the best!