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Rustic Italian Potato Salad

Rustic Italian Potato Salad ~ The classic yet utterly simple dish will have you wondering why you haven’t been making it for years.Rustic Italian Potato Salad ~ The Complete SavoristMy friend recently turned 40 years old. I will not reveal her name as she already was not wanting to acknowledge this achievement…and I completely understand that as my own exact milestone is rapidly approaching.

Her hubby arranged a surprise party to mark the occasion. He, with the help of another friend, purchased the food and doled it out to various friends willing to make all the birthday girls’ favorite foods. I was assigned potato salad (a post on that is coming in a few days). I was supplied with 24 lbs of yukon golds and all the fixings for basic potato salad.  After being given the party headcount, my spidey sense told me that I had more potatoes than necessary.

I have a lot of experience cooking for large crowds and knew 3-8 lb. bags was just too much. I decided to go against instinct and boil up 16 lbs, but after peeling and cubing just one full bag, I knew I had more than enough to feed all the guests at least 3 servings each of potato salad. In the end, I was left with 8 pounds of cooked and peeled potatoes.

I needed to be creative and have a few potato recipes coming your way. Here’s 2 of those 8 pounds. When making this, use a premium olive oil. Rustic Italian Potato Salad ~ The Complete Savorist

Rustic Italian Potato Salad

Author: Michelle


  • 2 pounds yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 ribs celery; diced
  • 1/4 cup premium quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parsley; chopped
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper +/- to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt +/- to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp diced pimento with liquid


  1. Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add a generous amount of salt and return a boil, add the potatoes and cook over medium-high heat until the potatoes are fork-tender; 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes.
  3. Drain and cool the potatoes long enough to withstand touching them.
  4. Peel each potato and cube them into bite size pieces then place them into a large bowl.
  5. Toss the potatoes with celery, parsley, pimento, and salt/pepper, and drizzle the olive oil, mix well.
  6. Best served warm. Enjoy.

Ingredients for Rustic Italian Potato Salad ~ The Complete Savorist

Rustic Italian Potato Salad ~ The Complete SavoristSince I am still learning more about photography and I often play with lighting and such during the shoots. I took the picture below and while it is too dark, I find it kind of romantic…if a bowl of potato salad can be romantic.Rustic Italian Potato Salad ~ The Complete SavoristRustic Italian Potato Salad ~ The Complete Savorist

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  • Reply
    July 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    That looks so good and so easy. That’s what I like. Must try this.

    • Reply
      July 5, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you. It really is easy and very tasty.

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    Florian @Contentednesscooking
    July 6, 2015 at 3:22 am

    This looks refreshing and delicious, love it! Perfect summer comfort food.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    July 6, 2015 at 5:35 am

    So over the course of the weekend, I saw this beauty pop up on my personal FB page, your instagram and now here. It’s a sign that it has to be made right 😉 Oh and I like the ‘romantic’ mood- Suits the ‘rustic’ name to it.

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      July 6, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks Arman, I am glad it is making its rounds on social media. I’m pleased to hear you like the “romantic” mood.

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    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
    July 6, 2015 at 6:16 am

    What a great dish to celebrate your friend. I love that there is no mayo!

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      July 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      I love mayo salads, but this one is so nice without it.

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    July 6, 2015 at 7:09 am

    I love the pop of color the pimentos gives. Sounds like a perfect potato salad for a party. 40 was hard but after that it gets easier.

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    July 6, 2015 at 8:17 am

    This is a perfect dish for a large group of people. I love that there is pimentos in this salad. I bet it adds great flavor not to mention a great color!

    • Reply
      July 6, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      The pimentos were a nice splash of both color and flavor.

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    Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)
    July 6, 2015 at 9:01 am

    An excuse to make more dishes with potatoes? Sign me up! Spuds are one of my weaknesses–never met a potato I didn’t like. This creation looks fantastic, too. I say offer to make more food for parties so that you can create new dishes like this one!

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      July 6, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      I like your line of thinking!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    July 6, 2015 at 9:51 am

    5 stars
    What a gorgeous and colorful potato salad Michelle! You done good with all those extra taters! 🙂 And the truth is, 40’s not so bad! 🙂 I’ve been enjoying it for some time now….ahem.

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      July 6, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      I am sure there won’t be a big shift, it just feels “hard”

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    Danielle | The Creative Bite
    July 6, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I love how this potato salad lets all of the vegetable flavors shine instead of covering them up with a thick coat of mayonnaise!

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      July 6, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you Danielle. You really get all the flavors boldly through. Earthy and fresh.

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    Rachel @ Simple Seasonal
    July 6, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    What a delicious way to change things up in the potato salad department!

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    July 6, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    This looks super healthy without the mayo!

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