Tips To Serve Simple Potato Salad Recipe South Africa The Best

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Potato salad is a beloved side dish enjoyed worldwide, and South Africa offers its own unique take on this classic. This recipe is perfect for barbecues, potlucks, or a simple weeknight dinner. It’s packed with flavor, easy to prepare, and requires no fancy ingredients.


Classic Potato Salad
Classic Potato Salad

1 kg potatoes (about 6-8 medium potatoes), peeled and cubed

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cooked ham (optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Boil the potatoes: Place the cubed potatoes in a large pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the potatoes and set them aside to cool slightly.

    2. Prepare the vegetables: While the potatoes are cooking, chop the red onion, green bell pepper, and celery.

    3. Combine the dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper, and coriander (if using).

    4. Assemble the salad: Once the potatoes are cool, add them to the bowl with the dressing. Gently fold in the chopped vegetables, parsley, dill, ham (if using), and cheddar cheese (if using).

    5. Chill and serve: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Serve chilled.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, without ham or cheese):

    Calories: 200

  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 250mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 4g

  • Please note: These are approximate values and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    This simple South African potato salad recipe is a versatile and crowd-pleasing side dish. Feel free to customize it to your liking by adding other ingredients like chopped gherkins, corn kernels, or chopped boiled eggs. The leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use a different type of potato?

    Yes, you can substitute other types of potatoes such as Yukon Gold or red potatoes. However, keep in mind that cooking times may vary slightly depending on the potato variety.

    2. Do I have to use mayonnaise?

    If you are looking for a lighter option, you can use plain Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. You may need to adjust the amount depending on the thickness of your yogurt.

    3. Can I make this recipe vegan?

    Absolutely! Simply omit the mayonnaise and sour cream and substitute them with vegan alternatives like vegan mayonnaise or a cashew cream sauce.

    4. How can I make this potato salad more spicy?

    If you enjoy a bit of heat, you can add a chopped jalapeno pepper to the salad or sprinkle some cayenne pepper to taste.

    5. What can I serve with this potato salad?