French potato salad with tarragon is a flavorful and classic dish that combines the creamy goodness of potatoes with the aromatic touch of tarragon. With minimal ingredients and simple preparation, you can create a delightful salad that is both comforting and satisfying. The tender boiled potatoes, tossed with a tangy vinaigrette and fresh tarragon, create a harmonious blend of flavors. Whether enjoyed as a side dish or a light lunch, French potato salad with tarragon offers a delightful balance of tastes and textures. Embrace the simplicity of making this salad and savor its deliciousness with every delectable bite.

French Potato Salad

Taste of Home
French potato salad is vinegar-based instead of creamy, made with Dijon mustard, olive oil, scallions or shallots, and fresh herbs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 6 cups


  • 1 lb baby red potatoes
  • 1 lb baby yellow potatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white wine or champagne vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp each mixed fresh chervil, parsley, and chives
  • 1 tsp minced fresh tarragon


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until tender. With a slotted spoon, remove potatoes to a colander; cool slightly. Return water to a boil. Add garlic; cook, uncovered, 1 minute. Remove garlic and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry; mince. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid.
  • Cut cooled potatoes into 1/4-inch slices. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk reserved cooking liquid, oil, vinegar, mustard, minced garlic, salt and pepper until blended. Pour over potato mixture; toss gently to coat. Gently stir in remaining ingredients. Serve warm or at room temperature.


If you don't have chervil, you may substitute extra parsley and/or tarragon.
This recipe came from the Taste of Home blog.

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