a delicious potato string bean salad

Welcome friends. Do you love potatoes as much as I do? Well, if you do, you’re in luck. Today I am sharing a delicious potato and string bean salad recipe.

potato string bean salad

I love traditional potato salads but this is a much lighter version. The non-mayonnaise based dressing plus the added string beans make this a healthier version than normal potato salads shared at many Amercian BBQs.

recipe for potato & string bean salad


  • 1 lb red new potatoes
  • 1 lb green string beans
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
potato string bean salad


  • Wash and clean all your potatoes, beans and cilantro.
  • Trim beans and cut in 1/2.
  • Steam string beans to desired consistency (I steam mine for 7-8 minutes for a crunchy bean).
  • Cut potatoes in 1/2 and boil to fork tender.
  • Dice or slice onion to bite size pieces.
  • Chop cilantro.
  • Mix all vegetables in salad bowl and add olive oil and vinegar.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste and sprinkle with cilantro.
potato string bean salad

Like in any recipe, the quality and end result will be as good as the raw ingredients you use. We have a vegetable garden so I am fortunate to harvest some items from our own yard like the cilantro pictured below.

I recently shared updates on our summer gardens here {summer garden updates} and an earlier post when we established the veggie garden for the season here {spring garden plans}.

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thoughts about the potato & string bean salad

When we enjoy this salad at the dinner table it makes an appearance as a dish dish. But I can have this as my lunch with nothing else. Well…, maybe with a crunchy piece of baguette.

potato string bean salad

The tang from the red wine vinegar is a wonderful contrast to the creaminess of the potatoes. The crunch of the string beans is also a great ying to the yang of the soft potatoes. The red onions give the salad a bit of a bite (if you’re not an onion person you can easily omit this ingredient or substitute it with scallions which have a softer taste). The cilantro tops off the salad with a delicious freshness of flavor. Once again, if you’re not a cilantro fan you can easily substitute with parsley.

potato string bean salad

This is a weeknight dinner, enjoying this salad as a side dish. On the menu this evening we had lemon garlic grilled chicken, potato string bean salad, and mixed greens.

potato string bean salad

You can read about more salad ideas and recipes here {9 summertime salads ideas}.

Bon Appetite!

“No one is born a good cook, one learns by doing.”

Julia Child

sharing @ between naps on the porch


  1. This looks delicious, Mary Jo – and I love the vinaigrette!

    1. Thanks so much April! My whole family loves this vinagrette which is a win-win. 🙂 thanks for stopping by. XO- MJ

  2. Looks yummy, just perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks Kathleen. XO- MJ

  3. this salad looks beautiful especially since most ingredients are in season in my garden. love it !!

    1. I love eating form the garden. It’s the best! XO- MJ

  4. This sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing with Food Friday #28, recipes for Independence Day!

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