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Crushed New Potato Salad with Herbs Recipe

This salad is still light and summery, despite its filling main ingredient – the staple new potato. Hint: dressing the potatoes while they’re warm helps them absorb the flavours.

Serves 4 Total Time 25 mins


Get the ingredients here

  • 750g new potatoes 
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise 
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard 
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • small bunch of spring onions, white and light green parts, finely sliced
  • small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped, stalks finely chopped 
  • small bunch of dill, leaves chopped, stalks finely chopped 
  • small bunch of chives, chopped


  1. Bring a large pan of well-salted water to the boil. Add the potatoes and boil for 12-15 minutes until tender throughout. 
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the mayonnaise, oil, mustard, lemon zest and juice. Season with the salt and a generous grind of pepper. Set aside. 
  3. Drain the cooked potatoes, then return to the pan and crush gently with a masher while still warm, to break them open and create craggy edges. Stir in the mustard mayo, spring onions and herbs. Transfer to a platter and serve.

Three simple ways you can adapt this recipe:

Go mayo-free

Slice half a lemon into 1/2 cm rounds (removing the seeds), and juice the other half into a bowl. Cook the lemon slices in boiling water for 1 minute, then barbecue or griddle until black in places, before finely chopping with 2tbsp capers and the herbs. Add to the bowl with 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and the sliced spring onions, then stir in the crushed potatoes. 

Load up the veg

Barbecue or griddle 400g of asparagus until tender then roughly chop. Add these along with six radishes, finely sliced into rounds, and 75g of roughly chopped pitted black olives. 

Add a smoky flavour

Instead of using raw spring onions, barbecue or griddle them alongside 100g kale or cavolo nero, until both are a brighter shade of green with a few char marks. Roughly chop and stir through.

Hungry for more? Check out more delicious barbecue recipes here.

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