Pressure Cooker Potato Salad – Italian Style!

When I first started pressure cooking I kept trying to make this potato salad but the potatoes kept falling apart into a mash.  I finally figured out that by reversing the process – slicing the potatoes before instead of after cooking – the result would make a perfect potato salad. Just toss the sliced raw potatoes in the pressure cooker using a steamer basket and the potatoes will keep their shape after cooking to make a salad.

This Italian potato salad (Insalata di Patate) and slight variations of the same in France (Salade de Pommes de Terre), Germany and Austria (Kartoffelsalat), is a popular summer dish in Europe. Unlike the American version, which is laden with mayonnaise, this salad is only dressed in oil and vinegar – with little surprises of macerated onion- and lots of parsley. Don’t forget to only add the parsley after the potatoes have cooled a bit to keep it from turning black.

I make this recipe quite often so I’d like to share a few additional refinements that bring this basic potato salad from good to… fantastic!  I macerate the onion in the vinegar while the potatoes are pressure cooking – this tones down the onions and flavors the vinegar.  I use both the parsley stems and leaves for dressing since they add a nice celery-like crunch without any extra effort.

I remember going out to lunch at a “diner” type place with my family, while I lived in the U.S,  and I innocently asked the waitress if the had a potato salad without mayonnaise.

“If it ain’t got no mayo, it ain’t no ‘tater salad, Honey!” She had such a good belly rubbing laugh teaching me the finer points of diner cuisine that she had to push up her glasses and wipe her eyes with a handkerchief smartly tucked in bra strap before taking our order.

You may not find this potato salad in a diner but now you can make it yourself… Honey!

No-mayo Potato Salad

Pressure Cooker Accessories Pr. Cook Time Pr. Level Open
5L or larger steamer basket 5 min. High (2) Normal

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Pressure Cooker Potato Salad
Nutritional Information
(per serving)
  • Serves: 6-8
  • Serving size: ⅛th
  • Calories: 237.6
  • TOTAL Fat: 7.3g
  • TOTAL Carbs: 40.4g
  • Sugar Carbs: 2.2g
  • Sodium: 310.7mg
  • Fiber Carbs: 4.3g
  • Protein: 4.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
Recipe type: pressure cooker recipe
Cuisine: italian, german, french
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  • 3 pounds (1.5k) red or new Potatoes, large dice
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped (stems and leaves)
  • ¼ medium white or ½ medium red onion, finely chopped (about ⅓ of a cup)
  • 3-4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4-5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt - or to taste
  • a dash of freshly ground pepper
  1. Prepare the pressure cooker with 1½ cups (375ml) of water, and trivet.
  2. Scrub and wash the potatoes well and cut into about 1" (2.5cm) cubes. Place them in the steamer basket.
  3. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker.
  4. Electric pressure cookers: Cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
    Stovetop pressure cookers: Turn the heat up to high and when the cooker indicates it has reached high pressure, lower to the heat to maintain it and begin counting 5 minutes pressure cooking time.
  5. Meanwhile, chop the onion finely and set in a small bowl with the vinegar salt and pepper to macerate. Finely chop the parsley stems and leaves.
  6. When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the Normal release - release pressure through the valve.
  7. When cooking is finished, transfer potatoes into the bowl with the onions and pour-on the olive oil and mix with the vinegar and onion.
  8. When the potatoes have cooled to room temperature (about 10 minutes) parsley.
  9. Serve immediately or chill overnight in the refrigerator.

step-by-step photos for stovetop pressure cookers

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