French potato salad recipe is made without mayonaise. It's tossed with a mustard vinaigrette instead.

French Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Have you ever packed a picnic for nine people?

The dressing isn’t mayonnaise-based so you don’t have the same hot weather storage worries.

The salad is also loaded with vegetables, so there is more flavour and texture than your regular potato salad.

What’s your favourite picnic food?


French Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

  • Author: Crosby Molasses


  • 3 lbs red potatoes
  • 23 cups diced celery
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • ½ cup scallions (green onions) sliced, including greens or ½ cup chopped chives
  • 22 ½ cups peas
  • 3 Tbsp. each fresh chopped basil and mint
  • 2 tsp. fresh chopped thyme
  • Dressing:
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder or Dijon mustard
  • 4 tsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

To make the dressing:

  1. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar and give it a good shake.


  1. Cut the potatoes into 1” pieces and boil until fork tender (take care not to overcook).
  2. In a large bowl toss the celery, peppers, scallions and herbs with half of the dressing.
  3. When the potatoes are cooked, drain and immediately add to the bowl of veggies.
  4. Toss well.
  5. Add additional dressing, as required, along with the peas.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Let rest in the fridge overnight, if you have time.

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  • April 8, 2022


    This is a favorite in our house! It’s very adaptable based on the vegetables you happen to have in your house.

  • July 9, 2021


    Question: are the peas raw?

  • March 23, 2018

    Barbara cavanah

    Use uncooked frozen or canned peas

  • June 27, 2017


    Making this for a Canada Day bbq. :) Sounds great.

  • July 26, 2013


    This is a great tasting recipe. Plus, it lasts in the fridge for a few days as leftovers. Actually tastes better over time.

  • July 16, 2013

    nancy g

    So? Did anyone try it? How was it?

    • July 17, 2013

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Nancy, All I can tell you is that my whole family loves it…

  • July 13, 2013

    Barb G

    it looks good, i’m going to try it this week, thanks

  • July 13, 2013

    Barb G

    going to try the recipe.

  • July 11, 2013


    going to try this on the weekend. Looks really refreshing

  • July 7, 2013

    irma ogima

    going to try this looking for new salads looks really good marked everything down going to the market in a bit.

    • July 12, 2013


      > going to make this for a party tomorrow sounds great

      • July 12, 2013

        Crosby Molasses

        Hi Linda,
        I hope you enjoy it. I find it especially good with the new crop of local potatoes at the market.

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