French Style Potato Salad with Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

This French style potato salad is a delightful variation of the classic potato salad, featuring a light and tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette instead of the typical mayonnaise-based dressing. Fresh herbs and optional pickles add a burst of flavor that makes this dish uniquely refreshing. Here’s how to prepare it:


  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, cubed (optionally peeled)
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons dill, chopped
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, finely diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cornichons (or dill pickles), diced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or sherry vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cornichon (pickle) juice (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the Potatoes:
    • Place the cubed potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook the potatoes until they are tender but still firm, about 10-15 minutes. Check doneness by piercing them with a fork.
    • Drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly. For the best flavor absorption, proceed with the dressing while the potatoes are still warm.
  2. Prepare the Vinaigrette:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, grainy mustard, and optional garlic and pickle juice. This will form a zesty vinaigrette that will coat the potatoes beautifully.
  3. Mix the Salad:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm potatoes, chopped parsley, dill, green onions, optional shallot, and cornichons. Pour the vinaigrette over the potatoes while they are still warm to help them absorb all the flavors.
  4. Season:
    • Toss everything gently to combine and ensure each potato piece is coated in the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust any seasonings as needed, adding more vinegar or mustard according to your preference.
  5. Chill and Serve:
    • Let the salad sit for at least an hour at room temperature to allow the flavors to meld together, or you can chill it in the refrigerator if preferred. This salad can be served slightly warm or cold.


  • Herb Variations: Feel free to experiment with other fresh herbs like tarragon or chives for different flavor profiles.
  • Serving Suggestions: This potato salad is perfect for picnics, barbecues, and as a side dish to grilled meats or fish.
  • Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The flavors will continue to develop as it sits.


This French style potato salad is a refreshing take on a traditional side dish. The Dijon mustard vinaigrette provides a tangy and slightly sharp flavor that pairs wonderfully with the fresh herbs and crunchy pickles. It’s a perfect choice for those looking for a lighter, mayonnaise-free potato salad option. Enjoy the vibrant tastes and textures of this delicious salad!