Summer Potato Salad

Looking for a great potato salad for this weekends Fourth of July festivities? Well, look no further. This lightened up version of a potato salad is perfect for big BBQ’s and parties this weekend and it will stay good all day long! Especially because there is no mayo in it – which means it can hang out on the buffet table for as long as you need along with all your other Fourth of July goodies like, Chipotle Guacamole, Strawberry Basil Lemonade, and BBQ Baby Back Ribs!

This potato salad consists of 3 fabulous parts. 1, the potatoes. I like the use dutch baby potatoes because they nice and creamy and you don’t have to peel the skins! 2, the scallions. These little bites of freshness just make the salad pop. 3, the champagne shallot vinaigrette. It’s a winner. And you’ll want to eat it on just about everything once you’ve tried it.

And now for the giveaway! I’m giving away 1 set of CUTCO Knives – and they are the Santoku-Style Cook’s Combo!!

It’s pretty exciting I know! I mean, new kitchen knives are probably one of my favorite things in the world! All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me your FAVORITE thing you are making for the Fourth of July!! For an extra entry, head on over to the What’s Gaby Cooking facebook page and become a fan. If you’re already a fan – just leave another comment to let me know! I’ll randomly pick the winner on Tuesday (7/5) morning. (Must live within the US)

Summer Potato Salad + CUTCO Giveaway!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: serves 6

Summer Potato Salad + CUTCO Giveaway!


  • 4 cups dutch baby potatoes, cut in half
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1/3 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 6 scallions, chopped


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot once sliced. Add enough water to the potatoes so that they are all covered.
  2. Place pot onto the stove over medium high heat and cook until potatoes are fork tender.
  3. Drain water from potatoes and set the potatoes aside to slowly cool.
  4. Prepare the vinaigrette by combining the shallows, champagne vinegar and dijon mustard into a bowl. Slowly steam in the olive oil while whisking. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer potatoes to a serving bowl and toss with the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with green onions and serve. (Can be served warm, at room temperature or chilled)

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  1. 1. I LOVE Cutco. I own an entire set, and can ALWAYS use more because my mother in law tries to jack them, because SHE wants her own set. 2. Headed to the beach 9(San Clemente) for the 4th. Lots of friends, sun and food, I’m pumped!

  2. I’m not quite sure what I’ll make for fourth of July yet. We’ve been invited to a BBQ, so I want to bring something. I’ll probably end up bringing a cheddar pasta salad, but I’m also trying to think of a great summer dessert I could bring.

  3. Well, I was going to comment anyway but now with a glance at those knives, I’ll definitely comment!! I am making a potato salad as well. Mine is similar but with some shelled peas. I made a batch last weekend and loved the flavor without the mayo. Yours looks delicious!!

  4. I will actually be on a plane for most of the 4th, but I plan on eating a falafel wrap and spicy lentil soup from Taste of Lebanon as soon as I touch down in Chicago!

  5. I’m baking a white cake in a pampered chef baking stone with a homemade icing. The icing tastes just like a wedding cake icing. I can eat the whole thing by myself. Delicious!

  6. But the most awesome thing is that I love cutco knives and they cut the cake perfectly. Cutco knives are perfect for everything!

  7. I will be working on the 4th of July, so I will be thrilled to come home after 12 hours of work and make a huge salad and top it with grilled salmon.

  8. Not sure if this counts, but I’m pretty darn excited to not be making ANYTHING for the fourth of July – I’m getting the weekend off for my birthday (which is today :) !

    1. I just bought my cutco set +8 omg am still excited got them this week and I told the rep I wanted this set but later but my favorite thing we do the fourth of July is we barbq and eat potatoes salad rice beans and put the pool up and jump in at night we head to down town and check out the fireworks and that’s our 4th I’ll go to fb and be a fan bye hope everyone has a good 4th

  9. We’re having a cookout at our house, and will be making a mixed grill on our big green egg – some chicken, venison sausages, and maybe some burgers! This potato salad looks like a great side dish…

  10. I was just thinking about how to prepare my pork chops for the 4th. It’s my first year as “hostess”. Yikes! But I’ll also definitely be making some green beans, corn, and smores cookies. Yum!

  11. I am going to make a South African Potjie with the main ingredient being Lamb shanks. Added to this will be red wine, potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms, squash, green beans, broccoli with lots of herbs and spices. If you put a drop of the gravy on your forehead, your tongue will whip up and knock you unconscious trying to lick it off!!! Also I am going to make a Potjie beer bread. These two dishes are cooked in Potjie pots (Dutch ovens) on wood coals. I’m telling you, absolutely delicious.
    Every American that has tasted this meal has said to me that it is worth 5 stars!!!
    I own Cutco and am a Representative as well.

  12. I don’t usually get to fancy for the 4th and to be honest I just love a good BBQ with hamburgers and some great grilled veggies. Keeping it easy but still delicious.

  13. Hm, what would I cut with new knives for the Fourth? Your potato salad is looking really good. Then of course, there are crudités, steak, strawberries, raspberry-blueberry pound cake . . .

  14. I’m working on the 4th of July, but since I do activities at a senior center, we will be making 4th of july decorated sugar cookies.

  15. I have a broccoli/cauliflower salad that is a family favorite. That is on my menu.
    I’ve had my set of cutco knives for 40 years now, just had them resharpened and they are like new. But, always room for more!! :-)

  16. We’ll be making guacamole for the 4th…AND I’m planning to make your potato salad. Burgundy pepper tri-tip too. Zucchini from the garden..maybe a raw veggie salad. Would love those Cutco knives! Am already a Facebook friend. I’ll be playing two band concerts on the 4th…one on the Green in Rancho Santa Fe with Coastal Communities Concert Band and the other at the SD County Fair with the Navy Band Southwest….just before the fireworks!

  17. July 4th always reminds me off caramel popcorn. Grandma would make a huge batch and we would eat it while watching fireworks. Doesn’t get much better! Have a great holiday!

  18. I am looking forward to making a strawberry and basil bruschetta with goat cheese:) it is light and super easy. Yum!

  19. I’ll be making a potato salad with dill, tarragon vinegar, and a little mayo, red onions and some blanched green beans. Nummy.

  20. My favorite thing to make for the Fourth of July party would be little limoncello cupcakes. I combined two recipes to create them, and they are a huge hit wherever I take them. I’m going to the kitchen right now to make them!
    And….I LOVE Cutco knives. I don’t have the Santoku-style, so winning them would be GREAT!!!!!

  21. I would absolutely LOVE to own a pair of these knives! I have a feeling that they would make life a whole lot easier, as compared to my cheap knives. :) I LOVE coming up with different summery drinks- mixes of lemonade, iced tea, limeade, & whatever else you can think of! Favorite.

    Thanks for the chance to win! I also “liked” you on FB. :)

  22. I love CUTCO knives — The Santoku knife is my favorite and need an extra one for my hubby. We always fight for it when we are both in the kitchen! My mom’s potato salad is my favorite side dish for the 4th! Happy 4th girl!

  23. The best 4th of July food is BBQ pork ribs! Char em on the grill then put them in a pan of beer covered for a few hours in the oven. The last 30 minutes they get slathered with BBQ sauce and put back in the oven uncovered. They will FALL OFF THE BONE. Yum!

  24. I turn 40 on the 4th (!) and will celebrate my and America’s birthday by making my own ice cream with my two little boys. A WS box arrived yesterday and I’m certain I know the contents. The rest of the cooking is up to my husband! :)

  25. This weekend, I’ll be making my mom’s sangria recipe. It’s always a hit at parties, and I finally asked her to give me the recipe. Turns out it’s made with Carlo Rossi (!!), peach Schnapps, some fruit juices, and sugar. Now I just don’t tell anyone how cheap it is to make.

  26. Happy 4th! We’re cooking a coffee/spice rubbed flank steak cut and rolled into pinwheels wrapped in bacon. Cooking it in a big ole black cast iron pot that my daddy made into a bbq grill. He gave it to me before he went to heaven. I’ll probably throw a chicken on there too just to cook along with the steaks. Hate to waste all that heat and good flavor ;-)

    deb in Georgia

  27. I don’t know what I am going to make for fourth of July yet, but the potato salad is sounding like a pretty good idea! I might have to make a fun red white and blue layered cake though!

  28. We are making frog eye salad-it’s a fruit salad with those small pearl pasta and a special whipped cream.

  29. I’m making Caprese salad and, what’s more exciting, I’m going to make balsamic reduction for the first time! So excited!

  30. Barbecued potatoes with carrots, onions and green peppers. The way my parents made them.
    But may have to try your salad tonight!!!
    I have also been a fan of cutco knives since the time my mother-in-law bought them for me years ago.

  31. I’m making red white – and no blue – mozzarella and tomatoe salad for 4th July – have a good one – and great giveaway. Hope I win!!!

  32. Potato Salad! But,…. I’ll be using my Mom’s recipe instead of yours this weekend. But, don’t despair, yours is now filed away for use later this summer!

  33. I’m making daiquiri popsicles for the adults! and moctail daiquiri’s for the kiddo’s (note: must use different shape popsicles to differentiate the two!) I’m already a fan on FB. I love your recipes! :)

  34. I’m going to try out a “Star Spangled Apple Pie” recipe that I found on a website. Maybe some dips and appetizers too…I’m trying to keep things simple this year!

  35. If my ice cream maker had arrived (rebate), I would be making something with it. Alas, I guess I’ll have to settle for some nectarine-blackberry crumbles with store-bought vanilla ice cream!

  36. To celebrate the 4th and my mom-in-law’s b-day, I’ll be making a sugar crust pound cake with fresh berries and homeade whip cream!

  37. My favorite thing I’m making for 4th of July is some type of 4th of July red, white & blue dessert!! My hubby bbq’s & I do dessert :)

  38. I will be making a yummy pasta salad with acini de pepe pasta and some festive sugar cookies. I love the 4th of July!!!

  39. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make it this weekend! In addition to a nice glass of wine, I’ll be making my crunchy pea salad and some guacamole :)

  40. i’ll be making marinated pressed tofu vegetable kabobs and then my husband will grill them. we might grill a couple of portabello mushrooms too. your salad looks fantastic. i’ve had the same knives i started out with 31 years ago when we got married. even then they weren’t good knives. what i would do for a sharp knife! lol.

  41. I’ll be fixing black bean burgers and potato salad. And of course we’ll have watermelon! Love cooking with my Cutco knives!

  42. I haven’t decided yet what I am making for the fourth. Probably get together with family & fill in the gaps. I usually make spinach dip….the old stand by. Sometimes I wrap little smokies in bacon and sprinkle them with brown sugar & bake in the oven….Family loves those!

    Happy 4th of July Everyone!

  43. I will be making white sangria. Pour your favorite bottle of dry white wine in a pitcher half filled with cut up fruit. Nectarine, grapes, peaches, berries; whatever looks good. Refrigerate and enjoy outside with family and friends!

  44. Definitly deviled eggs. Maybe some Faux potato salad made with cauliflower and a nice steak. Great giveaway!

  45. I used to sell CUTCO back in college (double-d edge FTW).

    Anywho, I’m making some brined chicken leg quarters with blue cheese cole slaw, “baked” potato salad, and plenty of beer!

  46. I’m pretty excited to make strawberry shortcake biscuits and fresh whipped cream. I haven’t decided if I want to add rhubarb or not, but I probably will because I love that combination. Happy Fourth!

  47. Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream, blueberry scones, blackberry muffins and strawberry cream pie to finish off a barbecue to which we are invited. Would love a set of CutCo knives and could really use them.

  48. Great give-away. thank you. My family gets experimented on enough so on days like the Fourth they prefer traditionalist. So, we eat, Slow barbecued ribs, grilled potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw and desert.

  49. Wow, 102 comments. Beautiful! I’m going to make my great grandmother’s mint tea with citrus and grill up some meat. Yay! Happy fourth!

  50. I will be attending a friend’s party for the 4th of July. I think I will make a pasta salad with tomatoes, feta, and cucumber. Yum!

  51. Good old American Macaroni Salad, brats, and a patriotically colored dessert! I love Cutco knives! My mother in law has a set and they are amazing! I’ve always wanted to buy my own set, but have never been able to afford to!

  52. I adore cutco knives!!! I am looking forward to a big juicy cheeseburger with avocado! Yuummm :)

  53. In the interest of our new healthy eating plan, I am going to make beer can chicken for the
    4th. Your potato salad looks great!

  54. I love sharp knives, and good ones! I’ll be preparing veggies for a chopped salad to go with our steaks. Fresh fruits are always good to cool things down. We like to keep things simple without too much fuss so we can enjoy the day and our company! Happy Fourth!

  55. I’ll be making Strawberry Pretzel salad. It’s more like a dessert than a salad though. Love it!

  56. No real parties for us this 4th since our kids are out of town but I will most likely grill my husband & I a nice juicy steak. Just might fix this potato salad because is sounds yummy!

  57. We are actually having an engagement party so we are making turkey sliders and hotdogs in blankets and other mini food items. And of course, some strawberry lemonade!

  58. I’m making a bacon and cheese omelet for the fourth!!! PS: Love Cutco, I’m a sales rep and have my own set

  59. Wow, what a great giveaway! Strawberry-blueberry pancakes for breakfast on the 4th, then vanilla ice cream parfaits with more strawberries and blueberries (of course) for dessert while we check out the fireworks at our local park. Thanks for the chance, and Happy 4th to you too!

  60. I made grilled jalepeno pepper poppers stuffed with a 3 cheese filling, which were a big hit as the appetizer at our family get together today! Recipe from I made this potato salad last night to go with burgers… Delicious! I love vinegar and this recipe was just perfect!

  61. I’m planning on blueberry strawberry pie, for patriotism (and to use up all those extra berries lying around)!

  62. Although I know it’s no the healthiest for you, it’s been a tradition at our 4th of July parties to have 7 layer dip, it’s so good! This year I am also making a healthier version that is a Greek inspired seven layer dip.

  63. My favorite thing I am making for the 4th of July is a low country boil. I only make it once a year and the other 355 days of the year, I am counting down. LOL Thanks for the opportunity to enter. Have a very Happy and safe 4th.

  64. I made Apple Butter Baked Beans and Lemon Blueberry Bars – both delicious for a cookout on the 4th!

  65. I’m not really making anything special. The party I went to didn’t need a dessert (boo!), so she requested a pasta salad I’ve made before. Nothing exciting!

  66. Carne Asada tacos, with fresh Pico de Gallo, lettuce, cheese, salsa verde and chipotle refried beans. Delicious!

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