Delicious and Easy Potato Salad Recipe with Red Wine Vinegar

Greetings food lovers! I am excited to share with you my latest creation, a classic Potato Salad Dressed With Red Wine Vinegar. This salad brings a fresh twist to the traditional potato salad by using red wine vinegar to add a tangy flavor that complements the richness of the potatoes.

Potato Salad is one of my all-time favorite side dishes, and this recipe is perfect for any occasion, whether it be a family BBQ or a potluck dinner party. The simplicity of the dish makes it easy to prepare and allows room for customization, making it suitable for any palate.

In this recipe, I have combined tender red potatoes with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and garlic powder to create a creamy base. Then I added red wine vinegar to give it that distinct tangy taste that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

If you’re looking for a new potato salad recipe that’s easy to make, yet packs in some delicious flavors, this dressed red wine potato salad is just what you need. So let’s dig in and see how it’s done!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Potato Salad Dressed With Red Wine Vinegar
Potato Salad Dressed With Red Wine Vinegar

Potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar is a simple yet flavorful side dish that everyone loves. This potato salad recipe combines boiled red potatoes with a tangy dressing made from red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and olive oil to create a delicious and refreshing salad.

What makes this potato salad special is the use of red wine vinegar. Unlike other types of vinegar, red wine vinegar adds a rich and robust flavor to any dish. Its acidity perfectly balances the natural sweetness of the potatoes, making it a match made in culinary heaven.

The dressing for this potato salad is also effortless to make since all it requires is whisking together some ingredients like Dijon mustard, garlic powder, and Miracle Whip Light. By doing so, it delivers that irresistible tangy flavor that will keep you coming back for more.

Furthermore, the salad is versatile and customizable as you can tweak the ingredients to your taste preference or add-ons such as crispy shallots or cajun steak chunks for an extra kick that complements the tangy notes beautifully.

Lastly, it’s the perfect side dish to bring along on family picnics that can be prepared ahead of time without sacrificing any flavor or texture. So whether you’re a fan of tangy and savory dishes, or you just love potatoes, you’re sure to enjoy this recipe.

Ingredient List

 A refreshing bowl of tangy potato salad with red wine vinegar.
A refreshing bowl of tangy potato salad with red wine vinegar.

Let’s Gather Our Ingredients!

To make this potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar, you will need a combination of pantry staples and fresh produce. Here’s what you will need to make this delicious recipe:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds new potatoes, rinsed and quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip light or mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 3-4 crispy shallots, sliced thin (Optional)
  • Salt to taste

Red Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Note that the vinaigrette recipe makes extra dressing; you can store any unused portion in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for summertime gatherings, this potato salad is both bright and flavorful.
Perfect for summertime gatherings, this potato salad is both bright and flavorful.

Now that we’ve discussed the ingredients, let’s get into how to make this delicious potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar.

Step 1: Cook the Potatoes

First, we need to cook the potatoes. New potatoes work especially well in this dish because they are tender and flavorful. Start by washing 3 pounds of new potatoes and cutting them into bite-sized pieces. Place them in a large pot and fill it with enough water to cover the potatoes by about an inch. Add kosher salt to the water–about 2 tablespoons per gallon.

Bring the pot of water to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and let it simmer until the potatoes are tender when poked with a fork–this should take about 10-15 minutes depending on their size.

Step 2: Make the Dressing

While the potatoes are cooking, we can prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup of olive oil*, ¼ cup of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of dried parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: Assemble the Salad

When the potatoes are done cooking, drain them well and let them cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes with 1/2 cup Miracle Whip light, 3-4 chopped shallots, and chopped fresh herbs like parsley or chives if desired.

Next, pour the dressing over the salad and mix gently until all ingredients are coated evenly.

Step 4: Chill and Serve

Transfer your potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar to a serving dish or container, then chill in refrigerator to let the flavors blend together. This chilled salad is best served cold and within a day or two of making it.

There you have it! A simple and delicious potato salad dressed with tangy red wine vinegar vinaigrette that’s perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Red wine vinegar adds a unique tang to classic potato salad.
Red wine vinegar adds a unique tang to classic potato salad.

One of the great things about potato salad is its versatility. There are so many ways you can tailor this recipe to your tastes or make it work with what you have on hand. Here are a few substitutions and variations you can try:

– Vinegar – If you don’t have red wine vinegar, don’t worry! This recipe will work with white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or even plain white vinegar.

– Potatoes – You can use pretty much any type of potato for this recipe, although red potatoes or new potatoes work particularly well. Yukon gold potatoes would also be a good choice if you prefer a creamier texture. If you’re feeling adventurous, try mixing in some sweet potatoes for a twist.

– Dressing – While this recipe calls for a tangy dressing made with red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil, you could easily swap in a different dressing if you prefer. A creamy dressing made with mayonnaise, sour cream or Greek yogurt would be delicious here. Or, if you want to go in a more Mediterranean direction, try whisking together some lemon juice, garlic and extra-virgin olive oil.

– Mix-ins – The possibilities are endless when it comes to mix-ins for potato salad. Chopped fresh herbs like parsley or dill would add a pop of fresh flavor. Crumbled bacon would be fantastic for meat-lovers, while crispy shallots would be great for adding crunch. You could also throw in some veggies like chopped celery or bell peppers for added nutrition.

– Pairings – This salad is versatile enough to pair with most grilled meats or sandwiches, but there are some standout options. A cajun steak paired with this red potato salad adds a Louisiana flair to your dinner table. For something lighter, pairing it with a greek salad would be perfect.

No matter how you choose to make this red wine vinegar-dressed potato salad recipe your own, one thing is for sure: it’s a classic recipe that always satisfies.

Serving and Pairing

 A colorful combination of fresh herbs and crisp vegetables make this salad a feast for the eyes.
A colorful combination of fresh herbs and crisp vegetables make this salad a feast for the eyes.

When it comes to serving and pairing this tangy and flavorful red wine vinegar potato salad recipe, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First, it makes a great side dish for barbecues or family picnics. It also pairs well with grilled or roasted meats like steak or chicken, making it a perfect complement to your savory entrees.

If you want to elevate the flavors of this dish, consider adding some crispy shallots or fresh salad herbs like parsley or basil. These ingredients will add a touch of freshness and crunch to the salad that will take it to the next level.

In terms of wine pairings, I recommend pairing this potato salad with a light to medium-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais. The acidity and tanginess of the red wine vinegar dressing will be beautifully balanced by the fruity flavors of these wines, enhancing the overall flavor experience.

If you prefer white wines, try pairing this salad with a crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. The bright acidity and minerality of these wines will contrast nicely with the creamy textures of the potatoes and mayonnaise.

Overall, this red wine vinegar potato salad is a versatile dish that can complement a wide range of entrees and wine styles. So go ahead, mix up a batch of this delicious salad and experiment with different serving styles and wine pairings. You won’t be disappointed!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Simple and delicious, this potato salad is a crowd-pleaser every time.
Simple and delicious, this potato salad is a crowd-pleaser every time.

This salad is perfect for meal prep because it can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for several days. However, please note that it should not be frozen or stored in the freezer.

To make ahead, prepare the salad according to instructions and store it covered in the refrigerator. The flavors will come together even better with time. When ready to serve, check for seasoning and give it a good stir.

For storing leftovers or any extra salad, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will last for up to three days if stored properly.

If you need to reheat your potato salad, microwave on high for 30 seconds intervals until heated through or place the salad into an oven-safe baking dish and bake at 350°F (180°C) for about 10-15 minutes, depending on how much you are reheating.

Keep in mind that salads containing fresh herbs can lose their crispiness when reheated, but it won’t affect the taste. Avoid adding crispy toppings like fried shallots or croutons until ready to serve so they don’t become soggy.

In conclusion, this recipe is very versatile and easy to make-ahead and store. You can enjoy it as a side dish or even as a main meal by pairing it with some grilled chicken or steak. Just make sure you store it correctly so that you can enjoy its tangy flavor and best potato texture for days!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your guests with this tangy twist on traditional potato salad.
Impress your guests with this tangy twist on traditional potato salad.

To achieve the best potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar recipe, it is essential to take note of a few tips. Here’s a list of tips that can help you create the best potato salad.

Firstly, it is important to not overcook or undercook the potatoes. Overcooked potatoes will be too soft and fall apart easily. On the other hand, undercooked potatoes will be too hard and not enjoyable to eat. To ensure that the potatoes are cooked perfectly, use a fork to check if they are tender and easy to pierce through without falling apart.

Secondly, determine how tangy you like the dressing to be before adding the red wine vinegar. Depending on your taste preference, you may need less or more red wine vinegar in your dressing. It is advised to add a little at a time instead of all at once, so you can adjust and balance the flavor as needed.

Thirdly, mix the dressing ingredients thoroughly so that there are no lumps of mustard or garlic left behind in the dressing. Whisking these ingredients together will give a smooth and consistent texture to your dressing.

Another tip for perfect results is to allow the potato salad enough time to chill in the refrigerator before serving. This will give time for the flavors to meld together and develop fully, creating an even more delicious potato salad.

Lastly, consider adding some additional ingredients such as crispy shallots or salad herbs for extra flavor and crunchiness. These add-ins will give your potato salad a unique twist that perfectly complements the tangy flavor of red wine vinegar.

By following these tips, you’ll surely create an amazingly delicious potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar!


Now that you know everything about this delicious potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar recipe, let’s cover some frequently asked questions to help you troubleshoot any issues and make sure your potato salad comes out perfectly every single time.

Why do you put vinegar in potato salad?

Want to elevate your potato salad game? Here’s a game-changing tip for you. When mixing hot cooked potatoes with mayo-based dressings, the eggs in the dressing can break down, causing it to become greasy. But worry not, a simple solution is to toss your potatoes in apple cider vinegar before adding your favorite dressing. Not only will it add a tangy flavor, but it will also keep your potatoes from drying out.

How do you use red wine vinegar?

When it comes to cooking, red wine vinegar is a versatile ingredient used in various dishes, including salad dressings, marinades, and reductions. Its tangy flavor and acidity make it a great pairing for hearty foods such as pork, beef, and vegetables. Unlike white vinegar, which is typically used as a cleaning solution, red wine vinegar has potential personal care benefits.

Can you use red wine vinegar instead of red wine?

Red wine vinegar is a perfect substitution for red wine when you don’t want to include the alcohol content. Its tangy flavor and acidic quality are true to red wine, and it even looks pretty similar in color, although less intense. To use it in recipes that call for wine, mix it with water in a 50/50 ratio. So, for every half cup of wine, you can replace it with a mixture of ¼ cup of red wine vinegar and ¼ cup of water.

What does red wine vinegar do for a recipe?

One ingredient that belongs in your kitchen cabinet, without a doubt, is red wine vinegar. This versatile ingredient is frequently employed to add an extra kick to salad dressings and marinades as well as a richer flavor to meats like beef, pork, and even veggies.

Bottom Line

This potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar is a must-try for all food lovers out there. The tangy flavor of the vinegar pairs perfectly with the creamy mayonnaise and Dijon mustard, making this salad recipe an excellent side dish for any meal.

Whether you are serving it as a side with a cajun steak or a greek salad, this potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar will elevate your meal to new heights. Its versatility makes it perfect to prepare for picnics, potlucks, and family gatherings.

And don’t forget to experiment with different variations of this recipe! Try substituting white wine vinegar for the red wine vinegar or using different types of potatoes for a unique twist on this classic dish.

So next time you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make side dish, give this potato salad dressed with red wine vinegar a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Potato Salad Dressed With Red Wine Vinegar

Potato Salad Dressed With Red Wine Vinegar Recipe

Simple and relatively low-fat. You can either boil the potatoes on the stovetop or cook them in the microwave in a dish with 1/3 cup water. The latter takes about 16 minutes in MY microwave but I know this varies from oven to oven. May be served warm or chilled in the refrigerator. Whether to peel the potatoes before cubing them is up to you (I don't usually when making them for myself but do when I'm serving company.)
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 218.1 kcal


  • 4 medium potatoes, cubed and cooked
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 1/3 cup Miracle Whip light
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Sprinkle the potatoes with the vinegar, garlic& onion; toss.
  • Combine the Miracle Whip, parsley and salt and mix with the potatoes.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 243gCalories: 218.1kcalCarbohydrates: 41.1gProtein: 4.6gFat: 4.2gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 5.5mgSodium: 334.3mgFiber: 4.8gSugar: 4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Potato, Vegetable
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