Chimichurri Potato Salad

Chimichurri Potato Salad - Ditch the bland potato salad this summer. For this version, I roast the potatoes and then toss them in a tangy and spicy sauce.


Chimichurri Potato Salad

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This Chimichurri Potato Salad was born out of a love/hate relationship.

First, my love of chimichurri sauce. Traditionally, it’s a South American topping that’s served with big meaty steaks. Like this Argentine steak for example. I love the flavors so much that I wanted to use it for something other than meat, but that could be served with meat.

Second, my hate for super-thick, mayo potato salad. It’s just not my thing even though I do love potatoes. Something about eating a lot of mayo on a hot day just doesn’t  get me excited.

So, by skipping the mayo and subbing it with chimichurri sauce (with Greek yogurt), I solved both issues at once!

Chimichurri Potato Salad

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Ditch the bland potato salad this summer. For this version, I roast the potatoes and then toss them in a tangy and spicy sauce.


3 pounds new, red potatoes, diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2-3 stalks celery, diced (don't roast the celery)

Chimichurri sauce:

1/2 white onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
A big pinch salt and pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups Greek yogurt


1) Dice potatoes and toss with olive oil and salt. Roast at 400 degrees for about an hour, stirring halfway through.

2) Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a big bowl. Stir in roasted potatoes and diced celery.

3) Let sit overnight if possible or just chill for a few hours.

Chimichurri Potato Salad

Prepping the Potatoes

You could use any potatoes you wanted for this dish really. I use the red potatoes just because you don’t have to peel them. If you use Russet potatoes, you should peel them though just because the skin can be a bit on the thick side.

potatoes for Chimichurri Potato Salad
Just potatoes.

Assuming you get red potatoes though, just chop them up into about 1/2 inch cubes. They definitely don’t have to be perfect!

diced for Chimichurri Potato Salad
Skin is cool.

Toss the potatoes with olive oil and salt and bake them at 400 degrees for about an hour.

Oven Haters Unite! I get that a lot of people don’t want to use their ovens in the summer. Trust me I get it.

I roasted my potatoes for this version just to try it out. I like how it makes them slightly crunchy.

You could definitely just boil them though or even grill them.

If you do roast them though, after an hour you’ll have something like this!

roasted for Chimichurri Potato Salad
Don’t have to roast them…

While the potatoes cook, you can work on the sauce.

Chimichurri Chachacha

There are a ton of variations on chimichurri sauce. You can make them super-spicy or not. I’ve even seen versions with habanero in it which seems a bit excessive.

For me, I don’t like mine really spicy, but I do like it really garlicky! I go heavy on the parsley and garlic for my version.

basics for Chimichurri Potato Salad
Basic veg.

Just dice everything very fine including the red pepper and onion and then stir it together in a large bowl with the red wine vinegar.

This will smell amazing already.

This mix of veggies and spices pretty much guarantees that you will not have a bland potato salad!

dry stuff for Chimichurri Potato Salad
I love these flavors.

Once all that is ready, you can stir in your Greek yogurt.

In reality, you could of course you mayonnaise if you are super into it. But I really recommend trying the yogurt. It makes the salad nice and tangy rather than just goopy.

I used about two cups of yogurt, but don’t be afraid to use more or less depending on the consistency you want.

This was what a spoonful of my sauce looked like.

yogurt for Chimichurri Potato Salad
Not too thick. Not too thin.

Then I just stirred in all my fresh celery and potatoes.

In my opinion, a good potato salad always has celery. I love the crunch it brings.

Taste the salad and adjust for flavors. You might want a bit more salt and pepper or maybe a dash of hot sauce. Go crazy with it!

Chimichurri Potato Salad recipe from Macheesmo
Serve warm or cold!

If you are going to any sort of barbecue for the 4th of July this week, try this out!

This Chimichurri Potato Salad recipe is one of my favorite potato salad recipes these days.

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Super Protein Chopped Salad

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10 Responses to “Chimichurri Potato Salad” Leave a comment

  1. Definitely a neat idea! I’m all about mayo-less potato salad, and chimichurri is one of my all time favorite condiments – so you better believe this will be making an appearance in our house =)

  2. Wow! I think this is a good recipe to try! It’s not fun being lactose intolerant, so I try to stay away from mayo as much as possible.
    The possibilities are endless! Thanks.

  3. I’ve been trying to think of something to make for the 4th and I think this may just be the winner (let’s just say that after my mother-in-law gave my six year old food poisoning for the third time we’ve become a little wary and prefer to, um, “contribute” heavily to family events). I love the idea of potato salad (the carb-lover that I am) but can’t stand mayo in any form, so this fits the bill perfectly! Thanks, Nick and happy 4th!

  4. Hi Nick, this recipe looks great! I just figured I’d comment and say that I’ve been reading macheesmo quite dedicatedly for about three months now and I love this blog. It’s really been an inspiration with lots of neat cooking ideas. I also love your style of listing ingredients and directions, followed by photos and commentary. Really, really great. I also think the things that you like to cook are things that I will like, also! You know, every food blogger has their own style and set of flavors that they come back to… but I really like yours. Anyway. I never comment but I figured I ought to say something. So, thanks! -Izzy

  5. Nick,

    I made this last night for a July 4th picnic today. It’s luscious but I did add some sirachi for zip. I’m a spice hound.

    Hope everyone gives this a try. Yet another great use for greek yogurt. Thanks, Nick!

  6. You have hit a homerun here, Nick. I am making this ASAP. Like you, I LOVE the flavors of chimichurri. This sounds like a fantastic potato salad to go with a brisket.

  7. My husband and I had friends over for dinner. (Sara View and Doug Cochran) Sara told me they were bringing potato salad. I thought to myself “ahh I am not a fan of potato salad” however I said to her ” AWESOME! Sounds great.” Being the polite young lady that I am ;) I had some with dinner. I was blown away! THE BEST potato salad I have ever had. I could not stop eating it! I am headed to a BBQ this weekend so I just got your blog info from Doug and can’t wait to make it. Thanks!

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