Croatian Dalmatian Potato Salad (vinegar based)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

This really is the best, most authentic Croatian potato salad (vinegar, not mayonnaise based) recipe. It's deliciously simple & even better the day after. It goes beautifully with grilled meat or fish and provides a nice balance to other fatty/oily foods. 

8 medium (salad suitable) potatoes
3 tbsps white vinegar
3 tbsps olive oil
1 small white onion sliced thinly
Salt and pepper

1. Boil potatoes (with skins on) for 25 mins in salted water. Let cool until just warm.
2. Slice the onion very finely and place in a salad bowl. Grind a little salt and pepper over it and mix through.
3. In another bowl whisk the vinegar and oil together.
4. Peel potatoes by slipping the skins off with your fingers.
5. Cut potatoes in half and then into thickish slices. Put into the bowl with onion.
6. Gently fold in dressing and add salt and pepper as required.

Ideally let the salad rest for a few hours before serving at room temperature or chilled.

Have a look at my other Croatian recipes:
Chocolate salami / Salama od cokolade 
Walnut biscuits - so yummy with apricot jam inside.


  1. Wow, I can't believe it tastes THAT good with such few ingredients. Actually, I can... but WOW.

  2. This is actually good if eaten when warm. I love it warm!

  3. I have been looking all over for this recipe can't believe I found it. I had an idea what went in it but did know the amounts. Thank you so much. This is relish!!! Try frying it up in a pan the next morning for breakfast. It's great.

  4. Right on! I think my Mom put in caraway seeds too.

  5. what kind of vinegar is used in this

    1. Just ordinary old white vinegar. Surprising, but it really is the best in this recipe.

  6. This is one of the best Croatian salad recipes I have made and very authentic, took me back to my time in Dubrovnik!

    Thanks for sharing

  7. Its been years since I've had Croation Potato Salad. My grandmother was Croation so of course I grew up on it. Planning on having it for the 4th of July. It will bring back such memories of family get-togethers eating smoked ribs, BBQ Chicken, Smoked Kalbasa and other traditional Croation favorites.


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