Purple Potato Salad

Purple Potato Salad

The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
339 Calories
21g Fat
35g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 339
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 727mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 19mg 94%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 887mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you're looking for something a little different for your summer cookout, try this flavorful purple potato salad. The lime juice and mayonnaise dressing and the fresh chopped cilantro give this salad flavor, while celery and onions add crunch. Cool the cooked potatoes thoroughly for easier dicing.

Refrigerate the prepared salad for at least 2 hours for the best flavor.


  • 2 pounds purple potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup diced celery

  • 1/2 cup diced purple onion

  • 1 clove garlic, mashed and pasted

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 3/4 to 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Purple Potato Salad ingredients

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  2. Put the cut-up potatoes in a medium saucepan; cover with water and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.

    Purple Potatoes in a pot

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  3. Drain and set the pan aside to let potatoes cool completely.

    boiled potatoes in a pot

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  4. Meanwhile, prepare the celery, onion, and garlic, and combine them in a large bowl.

    celery, onion, and garlic in a bowl

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  5. Cut the cooled potato chunks into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces.

    purple potatoes cut into small pieces on a cutting board

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  6. Toss the potatoes with the vegetables in the mixing bowl and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and the freshly ground black pepper. Add the cilantro and parsley and toss lightly to blend.

    potatoes with the vegetables and herbs in a bowl

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  7. Combine 3/4 cup mayonnaise with the lime juice and stir to combine.

    dressing in a bowl

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  8. Add the dressing to the potatoes and mix gently to coat the vegetables. Taste and add more mayonnaise and seasonings, as needed. For best flavor, make this potato salad and refrigerate for at least 2 to 4 hours before serving time.

    Purple Potato Salad in a bowl

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