If you’re not a big fan (or even if you are a fan) of the starchy mayonnaise that usually passes for potato salad, give this recipe a try. It’s much less creamy and if you’re totally anti-mayo, you can just omit it and replace it with an equal amount of olive oil. It’s lemony, with a little bite coming from the briny capers and a little crunch coming from the pickled onions and cucumber.

Try adding some different spices like basil, dill or caraway. A little whole grain mustard complements the capers nicely and adds another textural element as well.

Lemony Potato SaladRecipe for lemony potato salad. This healthy potato salad recipe uses less mayonnaise, replacing it with lemon juice and olive oil.


  • CourseSides
  • CuisineAmerican
  • Yield0
  • Cooking Time0 minutes
  • Preperation Time0 minutes
  • Total Time0 minutes


1 teaspoon
kosher salt
onion small sliced as thin as possible
cucumber " (quartered and thin) length of hothouse seeded
1 tablespoon
lemon juice
1 tablespoon
olive oil good
1 tablespoon
mayonaise (optional, if omitting add another tablespoon olive oil)
1/2 teaspoon
kosher salt


  1. Boil the potatoes in ample water until soft enough to stick a fork through.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, put the sliced onions and cucumbers in a bowl with the salt and add some water. This pickles them, breaking down the cell walls of the veggies and releasing water making them more crunchy. Let them sit for about 10 minutes then squeeze out as much of the water as you can using your hands (the more water you get out, the crunchier they'll be).
  3. Whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, mayo, and salt to make the dressing.
  4. Drain the potatoes well and put into medium bowl and cover with the dressing while still warm. Gently combine the potatoes and dressing trying not to smash the potatoes too much. Add the onions, cucumber, and capers and mix until evenly distributed. Taste to make sure it's okay, you can add more lemon, more salt, or even a pinch of sugar if you want to mellow it out a bit.
  5. Serve it warm or let it come to room temperature.