Lighter Potato Salad

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Classic summer comfort food, lighter potato salad fits the bill as you new, healthier skinny potato salad recipe this summer.

The calories in traditional potato salad are quite high:

Potato salad most likely originated in Germany where it can be made with mayonnaise or be more vinegar based and served warm or cold. It’s been included in many American cookbooks ever since the 19th century and is considered a classic American dish.

You wont miss all the fat in this recipe, I promise. I very rarely, if ever, take out all the mayonnaise in a recipe like this (or egg or tuna salad). I am a mayonnaise fiend and I feel that the creaminess and mouth feel and pure heavenly goodness of real mayo just can’t be replaced!

That said, if you don’t care about using mayonnaise, you could use all yogurt or some light mayonnaise style dressing.

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How to Make Lighter Potato Salad From Scratch

potato salad ingredients

The trick to a great potato salad from scratch is to make sure you do not over cook your potatoes. You also don’t want to let them sit hot too long after they are cooked. And of course, a homemade potato salad dressing is key. None of that pre-made stuff.

Cook to just fork tender and cool immediately by straining and running under hot water.

Some people wonder if you can cut potatoes before boiling. The answer is yes, you can and it saves a lot of time. Just be careful not to over boil them otherwise they will become mushy and grainy, which is definitely not what you want for potato salad.

I also leave the skin on for potato salad. Much of the nutrients and fiber are in the skin, plus they add structure to the potato chunks that I love. The choice is ultimately yours.

Making potato salad the day before is a fantastic way to have the flavours meld perfectly. You’ll have to be sure you have enough dressing however, because the potatoes are thirsty and will absorb much of the liquid, leaving your skinny potato salad dry, which is a bummer. 

While your potatoes are cooking, chop half of a red bell pepper and thinly slice a green onion stalk.

Combine the following to make the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • optional 2-3 Tbsp sugar, to taste

Combine and pour over vegetables.

Add 4 chopped boiled eggs to the top. Leave them on top, or fold in gently.

What Goes with Potato Salad

Perfect for potlucks, BBQs, meal prep, picnics, or any day of the week. I paired this salad with my Maple Bourbon BBQ Chicken and an Asparagus, Feta, Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing. It was a perfect match!

You could also pair this potato salad with Mini Meatloaves.

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Lighter Potato Salad

Tangy, creamy, chunky potato salad with eggs and chopped peppers. Full of flavours and perfect for meal prep with BBQ Chicken. Bring it along for picnics, pot lucks, serve at a BBQ or make any day of the week!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, boiled eggs, carbs, easy, healthy, lunch prep, meal prep, potatoes, summer recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 180kcal
Author Rach


  • 3 large thin skinned yellow potatoes like Yukon Gold
  • 1 stalk green onions sliced thin
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced fine
  • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 4 large eggs boiled, chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar optional, to taste if you find it too tarte


  • Boil potatoes until tender, strain and run under cold water until cooled, set aside
  • Add green onion, red bell pepper
  • Combine mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, yogurt and spices, add to vegetables
  • Top with chopped boiled eggs
  • Taste for seasonings, adjust as needed


Calories: 180kcal
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colleen wildenhaus

This sounds like a wonderful addition to my Memorial Day BBQ menu I am planning. We try to eat healthy while still enjoying the foods we love. I will check this recipe out.

Sarah Althouse

My husband loves potato salad so I will have to give this a try this summer! He’s currently trying to eat healthier too so it’s a perfect recipe. 🙂

Tawni Sattler

5 stars
This looks soooo delicious, I can’t wait to try this recipe! Potato salad is one of my favorites!

Brandi Wiatrak

5 stars
I’m definitely going to try and make this this weekend. I love potato salad, but don’t make it often because of all the calories. This is a great way to get those calories down without sacrificing taste.

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