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New potatoes are basically just baby potatoes that have been harvested early while they’re still small.  The skin of new potatoes is much thinner than the skin of mature potatoes, so new potatoes are typically not peeled.  I’ve seen baby red potatoes and baby gold potatoes, and either would be delicious in this recipe. 

New Potatoes (or Baby Potatoes)

Chives give this potato salad a subtle onion-y flavor.  I garnished the top of the salad with a few chive flower buds, which are actually edible.  (I think it would be even prettier to let the chive buds blossom into pretty purple flowers (also edible) and use that as a garnish.)

Herbed New Potato Salad

(Yield:  6-8 servings)

1 1/2 lb new potatoes (also called baby red potatoes or baby spuds)

2 TB olive oil

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp honey

3-4 TB fresh minced chives (or other fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces (depending on their size, some potatoes might need to be cut in half or quartered and some potatoes might not need to be cut at all).  Put the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water; heat over medium to medium high heat until the water boils, then turn the heat down to medium-low and cook the potatoes until just fork-tender (about 5-7 minutes).  Drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Toss the potatoes with the vinaigrette and chives, then season to taste with salt and pepper.  Can be served warm, room temperature, or chilled.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
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I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Wow, I bought some red potatoes the other day. This I will have to try!

  2. Hi, I made a cross between your recipe and RR’s. I should have went with your dressing ingredient portions. RR’s made it a bit oo wet. I’ll be making this again but follow your recipe 100%.

    1. Ingrid, I’m so glad you made this! The first time I made this potato salad I actually made about half again as much dressing — and it was waaaay too wet. (For some reason, the potatoes just don’t absorb much dressing.) The second time I made it I decreased the amount of dressing and it came out much better. Let me know how this turns out if you make it again!

  3. This looks like wonderful, light, summery twist on potato salad. So delicious!
    You have such a lovely site here! Cheers~

  4. Chive blossoms are so pretty. I love your potato salad, Faith. Great picnic fare. Simple and elegant!

  5. Any potato salad that doesn’t have mayo in it is perfect for me! And since I love chives, I’m guessing that I’d love this one even more.

  6. Salad with new potatos is always better than the one with old potatoes. Yours look lovely with the chives on the top. and honey is something new in a potato salad. I must try it. and I love the picture of chives with their buds, looks stunning!

  7. I love potatoes!!! your new potato salad looks so fresh!!
    I must be living under a rock I have never seen chives with those little flowers on top….wow…they are beautiful!!

  8. How I love potato salad…it’s the best thing in the world on a hot summer weekend… lovely recipe and photo, Faith. Those chive blossoms are a great addition!

  9. Those chive blossoms are lovely! They make your salad look so pretty. Yum! I really need a big plate of this salad right now! ;)

  10. I didn’t know the chive buds and flowers were edible! Their so pretty. And this salad sounds delicious – the dressing is very light allowing the flavor of the potatoes to shine.

  11. Thanks, for the recipe! I’m going to be giving it a try this weekend.

    Happy Friday!

  12. Love how fresh and flavorful this looks! You know, I just realized that chives actually blossom into little flowers a few months ago! The purple flower is so beautiful. Chives have to be one of my fave herbs. Esp with potatoes! I’ve got to make this for a barbecue!

  13. This sounds wonderful, Faith! I love the addition of honey…how unique! I’ve always wondered about “new potatoes” because you rarely find them labels as “new” in the stores.

    Happy weekend!

  14. This potato salad is just perfect for outdoor entertaining. Those chive buds are neat. I have never seen them flowered. You are right they do make for lovely presentation. xo

  15. I love the matching violet color from the chives and potatoes. Look and taste good I bet :)

  16. This looks healthy and delicious. Love the chive flowers. It really dresses up the dish.

  17. I use red potatoes, usually, for potato salad also. I like the addition of a bit of honey. I think potato salad needs just a touch to take minimize, the sharper taste. Honey is a great choice.

  18. At this time of the year, all you really need is some fresh, good herbs to liven things up! I do love potato salad, esp with those new potatoes.

  19. I’ll have to try this.I love how quick and easy this salad can come together! I need lots of these types of recipes with our schedule this time of year.

  20. This looks much more tummy-friendly than the usual potato salad, and I love red potatoes! Have you ever done anything with fingerling potatoes? My MIL is obsessed with them.

  21. 5 Star Foodie says:

    So pretty with chive blossoms! I have a bag of red baby potatoes, now just need to get some chives!

  22. Mmmm, this looks delicious. And healthier than many potato salads. Also not too much vinegar. Sometimes when a potato salad has too much vinegar, I can’t stand it, even though I love vinegar in other delicious. Not sure why that’s the case?!?

  23. tremendous tater salad, faith–no mayo, huzzah! i love the little buds, too–that’s a really neat component. :)

  24. I’ve not seen red new potatoes before – they are so pretty! The whole salad looks delicious :)

  25. Chives are my favorite herb to pair with potatoes! I love this salad.

  26. These chives are so cute! I wish I could get some like this! Plus of course they go hand in hand with the potato salad!

  27. This is such a great summer dish! And for a person like me who has an intense distaste for mayo this is the perfect alternative!

    Your pictures are fabulous, as always.

  28. What a lovely salad Faith! And it’s very pretty with the chive flower buds. I don’t think I’ve ever seen those before! Do you grow your own chives? :)

    1. Lorraine, I wish I had an herb garden! (Or a green thumb, for that matter. :) ) My mom has a lovely herb garden with chives, parsley, mint, basil, thyme, and rosemary so I’m lucky to have a fresh supply of these herbs all summer. The lovely chives in the photo were actually from my husband’s colleague, Thom, who I mentioned in this post.

  29. I will be making this gorgeous potato salad. I love the chives with the flower buds!

  30. Very refreshing! Why are your chives so pretty? The ones I get are always bald!

  31. Heavenly Housewife says:

    Wow, those chives are so pretty! I’ve never seen ones with the flowers on them before, they are absolute beauties. Almost a shame to eat them… almost, but that salad looks too good ;)
    *kisses* HH

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