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warm potato salad with wild garlic

Warm potato salad with the freshness of wild garlic and lemon. A quick salad to prepare and served warm as a great side dish for any meal.

An inviting bowl of warm wild garlic potato salad with fresh wild garlic leaves tossed in, a lemon, mustard and fresh picked leaves just to the side.

Our warm potato salad is a simple side dish that makes the very best of this freely foraged Spring green.

Between the months of March to June, the floors of our woodlands are carpeted with this delicious, if somewhat pungent leafy green. Free to be enjoyed by those, who, like us, love to pick and cook with it. So much so, that over the years I’ve found many uses for it.

There are certain combinations of flavours that I love to eat, with garlic, lemon and parsley being one such combination. These 3 ingredients work so well together in any dish.

However, with it’s milder taste, I think wild garlic is a great substitute as it doesn’t overpower the lemon in quite the same way as raw garlic can.

A mottled ceramic bowl filled with warm wild garlic potato salad, with a lemon to the back, fresh picked wild garlic and a mustard pot on a dark blue tablecloth

Cooking with wild garlic:

Cooking with wild garlic is really simple, treat it like a leafy green, it wilts quickly into any dish, much like spinach.

I’ll often chop some wild garlic and throw it into a bowl of pasta alongside some lemon juice, lemon zest and a large handful of fresh herbs. Add a splash of the pasta cooking water and a good crack of black pepper for a deliciously fresh and simple dish. Finish with a grating of Parmesan cheese.

With this in mind, I wondered how these flavours would work in a warm potato salad. I love potato salad in all forms but was looking for a warm potato salad with no mayo.

As much as I love a creamy salad, I wanted this warm potato salad to be fresh and vibrant.

How to make Warm Potato Salad:

New potatoes, fresh wild garlic, lemon, wholegrain mustard, parsley and extra virgin olive oil to make a salad.
  • Prepare the ingredients and cook the potatoes until soft.
  • Drain and allow the potatoes to steam dry while you get on with making the salad dressing.
adding a vinaigrette dressing to warm potatoes and fresh chopped parsley and wild garlic to finish off a salad.
  • Place the ingredients for salad into bowl and pour over the salad dressing.
Warm potatoes tossed with a dressing and fresh chopped parsley and wild garlic.
  • Mix well to combine and serve immediately while still warm.

What does wild garlic taste like?

As the name would suggest, this green leaf tastes of garlic, but not as strong, somewhere between garlic and a chive. However, it is not as overpowering when eaten raw as a clove of garlic.

There is a real freshness of taste to the leaf. I find wild garlic doesn’t overpower the flavours of the other ingredients in your dish.

With anything foraged just make sure that you know what you are picking. Don’t go picking leaves if you are unsure what you are looking for!

The giveaway for wild garlic is the smell, it’s quite pungent and a giveaway that you are picking the right leaf!

A mottled ceramic bowl filled with warm wild garlic potato salad, with a lemon to the back, fresh picked wild garlic and a mustard pot on a dark blue tablecloth

Where can I find wild garlic?

Wild garlic can be found growing in woodlands around the UK from March to June. You won’t find it growing out in the open, it likes to grow under the shade of trees, often in damp ground, so look beside shaded riverbanks.

The broad leaves are vibrant green, and best picked young when they are most flavoursome, before they start to flower. That’s not to say you can’t eat the leaves once they are in flower, you can!

In fact I eat these delicious leaves the entire growing season to make the very best of wild garlic while it is here!

Please take care when picking wild garlic to only remove the leaves, don’t pull too hard or you’ll remove the bulb as well and you don’t want to spoil next years crop.

As with all foraging take only what you need and treat the site with care so you can enjoy it again next year.

An image from above of a bowl of warm potato salad with wild garlic, lemon and mustard on a blue waffled tablecloth.

What to serve with warm potato salad?

This delicious warm potato salad with no mayo is a versatile side dish. As it contains no mayonnaise, it is lighter and can be served alongside other salad sides.

Wild garlic potato salad works well with roasted vegetables, or stuffed peppers or aubergine, for anyone wishing to enjoy and entirely vegetarian or vegan meal.

For those of you who eat meat, enjoy it alongside grilled or roasted meat. It would be a tasty addition to a Sunday roast, served alongside chicken or lamb, the sharpness of the lemon will cut through the rich meat.

I’m looking forward to enjoying this dish the next time I barbecue, I think the freshness of the dish will work beautifully with smoky, grilled steak.

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Delicious warm potato salad with fresh picked wild garlic, mustard and lemon juice. A perfect springtime dish made with the tender leaves of wild garlic which grows plentiful in Scotland.

Additional recipe suggestions:

If you enjoy cooking with wild garlic try some of our other recipes:

If you like this simple recipe then try some of our other simple salads:

If you are looking to change things up a bit, have a look at our 12 Best Potato Side Dishes post. It’s full of useful hints and tips, along with all our favourite potato sides.

Also have a look at our 5 Wild Garlic Recipes post which features our favourite ways to make the most of this delicious leafy green when it is in season.

Love salad? Then head to our Best Salad Recipes post where you will find links to all our favourite salads in one place.

A delicious looking warm wild garlic potato salad in a mottled blue and white ceramic bowl on a dark blue waffled tablecloth.

Warm Potato Salad with Wild Garlic

Warm potato salad with the freshness of wild garlic and lemon. A quick salad to prepare and served warm as a great side dish for any meal.
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 276kcal


  • 600 g new potatoes (leave the skin on)
  • 1 large handful wild garlic (washed and cut into fine shreds)
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)

Salad Dressing

  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • ½ lemon zest and juice
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  • Place the potatoes into a large pan of salted water and boil for 10-15 minutes until cooked. The length of cooking time will vary depending on the size of potatoes you use. Once soft remove from the heat and drain into a sieve. Set aside to steam dry.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the wild garlic and the parsley,
  • Place all the ingredients for the salad dressing into a jam jar, add a little seasoning to taste. Replace the lid on the jar and secure tightly before giving the jar a good shake to mix together all the ingredients. Check the seasoning and add more if necessary.
  • Put the potatoes into a large bowl, pour over the salad dressing and add the wild garlic and chopped parsley. Give everything a really good mix to thoroughly combine everything. Serve this warm salad immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Warm Potato Salad with Wild Garlic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 650mg19%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 108IU2%
Vitamin C 38mg46%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Canape, Starter, Side, Side Dish
Cuisine : British
Keyword : Easy, Quick, Simple, vegan, vegetarian
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5 from 8 votes (6 ratings without comment)

Jacqui – Recipes Made Easy:Only Crumbs Remain

Sunday 26th of April 2020

Made this salad with the wild garlic that came in our veg box delivery. Absolutely delicous! Thank you


Monday 27th of April 2020

Thank you Jacqui, I'm really glad you like it. I have to say it's been a real hit in our house this year. Lesley x

Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

Sunday 26th of April 2020

My new favourite potato salad! I am obsessed with wild garlic so obviously when I saw your recipe I had to try it. Made it the other day and absolutely loved it! I love the tangy mustard dressing and wild garlic and parsley simply added heaps of flavour. Thank you!


Monday 27th of April 2020

Thank you Jo, I'm really glad you liked it. When I was recipe testing this on my family my daughter went back for seconds, she never loads her plate with potato so I knew I was onto a winner! Like you I love the wild garlic season and make the absolute best of it. Lesley x

Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

Monday 20th of April 2020

What a lovely twist on the standard potato salad! I much prefer the sound of yours to the usual dripping with mayo kind! Eb x


Monday 20th of April 2020

Thank you Eb, I have to say I this was such a lovely light way to serve potatoes. Super fresh ingredients helped too. Lesley x

5 from 8 votes (6 ratings without comment)