Ina Garten’s Potato Salad


Wow your guests with Ina Garten’s Potato Salad, a creamy, tender, fresh dish to please all of the senses.

Ina Garten's Potato Salad

Ina Garten, aka Barefoot Contessa, is a renowned chef, TV personality, specialty food store owner, and cookbook author. Garten has a warm presence, a love of food, and makes cooking seem effortless for us common folks, which is why we are choosing her perfect, creamy, fresh Potato Salad Recipe to make today.

You will absolutely love this recipe since it is super easy to prepare and tastes delicious. Ina Garten’s Potato Salad is my go-to dish to bring to a barbeque or summer party. I make extra and my entire family will enjoy it as a meal for days. I often catch people just snacking on it or taking a quick bite as they have the fridge open. It is that good!

Some lighter picnic dishes like No Mayo Potato Salad and Corn Salad with Tomatillos are delicious, but sometimes you just need a classic. And Ina Garten’s Potato Salad is exactly that.

Is Ina Garten’s Potato Salad Healthy?

While this scrumptious potato salad is not the lowest-calorie dish (blame the mayo), it does have some wholesome qualities. First off, potatoes are high in potassium and have fiber. They also contain other essential vitamins and minerals. Also, dill is suprisingly good for you too (I’ll get right back to that).

This recipe is vegetarian friendly and gluten-free. To make this vegan, you would need to replace the mayo with vegan mayo and make a vegan buttermilk. To do this use plant-based milk and combine it with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.

Is Dill Good For You?

Ok, back to dill. I LOVE fresh herbs. Who doesn’t? Any time you add fresh herbs you elevate your recipe, in my opinion. Dill is one of my favorites and I was pleasantly surprised to find out it is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. In my recipe for Watermelon Smoothie,  I dive into what antioxidants are and why they are so good for us. Flavonoids in dill help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Dill may lower certain cholesterol levels and can be used to manage diabetes.


  • 3 pounds small white potatoes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 3 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
Ina Garten's Potato Salad



Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender.


Drain and steam the potatoes under a towel to improve their texture.


Whisk together the creamy dressing with fresh dill and seasoning.


Peel and cut the potatoes, then toss them in the dressing.


Add celery and onion for crunch, and season to perfection.


Let the salad cool in the fridge to meld the flavors.


Enjoy the refreshing potato salad at your next meal.


Ina Garten's Potato Salad

FAQs & Tips

How to Make Ahead and Store?

Feel free to make Ina Garten’s Potato Salad a day ahead before serving. Store in the fridge in an airtight container or ziplock bag, for up to five days.

The onions seem overpowering. Any suggestions?

I kind of agree. You can cut the red onions down to 1/4 a cup or replace them with a handful of chives or scallions.

Do I have to peel the potatoes?

Leaving the skin on the potatoes depends on personal preference. In this recipe we peel, but in Garten’s original recipe she does not.

How long can I leave this dish out for?

As with most perishable foods, you can leave this potato salad out for a max of two hours. I recommend putting half of it out at a time to be safe.

Can I use any other kind of potatoes?

Yes! I would recommend using red potatoes or Yukon gold if you do not have small white potatoes.

Ina Garten's Potato Salad

Serving Suggestions

Potato salad is a traditional picnic or summer dish. What are some other summer dishes we can serve this with?

Lately, I have been obsessed with our Caesar Grilled Chicken Burger, but if you want to keep your meal vegetarian try this easy Homemade Sweet Potato Burger.

For a lighter counterpart, serve this potato salad with Grilled Tilapia, these flavorful Grilled Herb Hummus Chicken Kebabs , or these refreshing Mint Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Tahini Cauliflower Rice Wraps  .

Ina Garten's Potato Salad


Ina Garten’s Potato Salad (Easy Recipe)

Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 338kcal
Author FoodFaithFitness


  • 3 pounds small white potatoes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 3 teaspoons salt divided
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion


  • Begin by boiling the potatoes in a large pot of salted water until they are tender, which should take about 10 to 15 minutes.
    Ina Garten's Potato Salad
  • Drain the potatoes and let them steam under a kitchen towel for 15 to 20 minutes to enhance their texture.
  • In a separate bowl, create the dressing by whisking together mayonnaise, buttermilk, mustards, dill, and some of the seasoning.
    Ina Garten's Potato Salad
  • Peel the cooled potatoes and cut them into bite-sized pieces before adding them to a large mixing bowl.
    Ina Garten's Potato Salad
  • Combine the potatoes with the dressing, celery, and onion, then season with the remaining salt and pepper.
  • Chill the potato salad in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to blend together, then serve and enjoy.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 1158mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg

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