Healthy Potato Salad with Raisins (No Mayo Recipe)

Potato salad with raisins and Greek yogurt is a delightful side dish that combines unique flavors and healthier ingredients. This no-mayo version of potato salad is perfect for those looking to cut down on saturated fats and calories without sacrificing taste. It’s a refreshing twist on the traditional potato salad, allowing you to enjoy your favorite comfort food while maintaining a more health-conscious lifestyle.

No mayo potato salad with raisins on a wooden plate.

Why you’ll love this no mayo potato salad

Whether you’re a potato-salad-lover or simply looking for a healthier alternative, this potato salad with yogurt is a PERFECT SIDE DISH for many reasons.

  1. Raisins in potato salad: The sweetness of the raisins complements the savory flavors of the potatoes and other ingredients. The chewy raisins also balances the soft and creamy texture of potatoes.
  2. Healthier Alternative: This salad is not the typical mayo-laden American potato salad. We use Greek yogurt that is rich in protein, probiotics, calcium and healthy fats that contribute to a balanced low calorie diet.
  3. Creamy Dressing: The Greek yogurt in the potato salad recipe adds a creamy texture that mimics traditional mayo-based versions but with a tangy twist. BONUS: No added sugar.
  4. Nutrient-Rich Ingredients: Apart from Greek yogurt, potatoes, raisins and olives bring their own nutritional benefits to the table. Potatoes are a good source of vitamins and fiber, while raisins are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. When combined, they create a side dish that not only tastes fantastic but also provides a dose of essential nutrients.
  5. Versatile Dish: This healthy potato salad with Greek yogurt is incredibly versatile like my tahini Greek yogurt sauce. You can serve it as a side dish at barbecues, picnics, or potlucks, or enjoy it as a light and satisfying lunch. Its adaptability makes it a perfect addition for any occasion.
  6. Crowd-Pleasing: Whether you’re catering to a family gathering, a summer cookout, or just whipping up a quick dinner, potato salad with raisins is a great choice. Its unique combination of ingredients and flavors can be a conversation starter at any meal.
  7. Warm or cold: Unlike the mayo-based version, this Greek yogurt potato salad can be served warm, too.

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Let’s look at what goes into this delicious and healthy potato salad:

Ingredients

(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)

Labelled ingredients for no mayo potato salad with raisins
  • Potatoes: I’ve used Yukon gold potatoes that are not too waxy or too starchy. They hold their shape better than starchier potatoes like russet. (Russet potatoes are more suitable for recipes like roasted potatoes and broccoli and cheesy Italian potato croquettes.
  • Garlic: When you add garlic to potatoes while boiling, they become flavorful without tasting too garlicky.
  • Raisins: A mix of black and golden raisins give a pop of color and varied nutrients.
  • Red onion: Gives a bit of crunch in an otherwise creamy salad.
  • Black olives: Add more flavor and nutritional value.
  • Herbs: I’ve used chives and parsley. Feel free to use any herbs you have on hand.
  • Yogurt dressing:
    • Greek yogurt: It replaces sour cream/mayo in the dressing for potato salad. Use plain unsweetened Greek yogurt for the best results.
    • Dijon mustard: Makes a great combination with yogurt for dressings and sauces as in Greek yogurt chicken.
    • Red chilli flakes: For a spicy kick. You can skip it if you’re not used to spice.
    • Apple cider vinegar: Gives a fruity, tangy flavor.
    • Paprika: I use smoked paprika for that unique smoky flavor. Feel free to use regular or sweet paprika according to your preference.
    • Black pepper and pink salt: Pink salt is more flavorful and you’ll need less of it compared to regular salt. I use it in most of my salad recipes. You can replace it with fine sea salt. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

How to make potato salad with raisins: step by step

How to cook potatoes for salad

Peel and dice the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Place them in a deep pot.

Cover with cold water up to about 1-inch above the potatoes. Add salt. 

Diced potatoes with salted water and smashed garlic in a large pot.

Peel and smash the garlic cloves to release the flavor. Add them to the salted water.

Mix well and bring it to a soft boil.

Potatoes boiling with smashed garlic in a deep pot.

Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.

Diced potatoes simmering in a closed pot.

When you pierce with a fork, the potatoes should offer slight resistance and should not crumble.

Boiled potato cubes being scooped out with a ladle from a stock pot.

Drain the hot potatoes immediately using a colander. Leave them in the colander to cool down.

Pick out the garlic and discard.

Boiled potato cubes in a colander.

Add raisins and other mix-ins

Place the cooled potato cubes in a large bowl. Add black and golden raisins, olives, sliced onion, chives and parsley.

Boiled potato cubes with raisins, olives, onion slices and herbs in a large white bowl.

Make sugar free dressing

In a small bowl, take Greek yogurt, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper.

Yogurt with spices for sugar free dressing in a small bowl.

Whisk all the ingredients together until well-combined.

Yogurt dressing for potato salad in a small bowl.

Toss

Drizzle the sugar free dressing on the bowl of potatoes and other salad ingredients.

Potato salad with raisins and sugar-free dressing in a large white bowl.

Toss the salad and serve immediately. If you are not serving immediately, store in the refrigerator.

Potato salad with raisins and creamy Greek yogurt dressing in a large white bowl.

Recipe tips

Soaking potatoes: If time permits, soak the potatoes in cold water for 10 minutes (up to an hour).

This helps remove excess starch. Excess starch can prevent the potatoes from cooking evenly as well as create a gummy or texture on the outside of your potatoes.

Boiling the potatoes: Keep a close watch after 8 minutes. You should be able to pierce with a fork with minimum resistance.

If potatoes get overcooked: No worries, you can still salvage the potatoes.

Drain the potatoes immediately. Spread them out on a large tray and place it in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes. It will prevent the potatoes from getting cooked in the residual heat.

This should work unless you’ve overcooked them WAY too much. If that happens, make mashed potatoes instead!

Lemon juice: Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or lime juice to brighten up the flavors.

Additions

You can add more mix-ins to make this healthy potato salad more delicious and nutritious. Remember to make additional dressing or use a second one like sweet onion vinaigrette if you plan on adding these:

Eggs: Hard boil 2 or 3 eggs, chop them up and toss into the salad.

​Vegetables: Slice and add vegetables like celery, bell pepper and green onions for more crunch and flavor.

Herbs: Potatoes can absorb a lot of flavors. If you have more herbs like dill or cilantro, feel free to add them, too.

No mayo potato salad with raisins on a wooden plate and roasted chicken on a plate next to it.

Storage and make-ahead tips

Store: Store in an airtight container. This salad keeps for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Potatoes absorb moisture over time. So if you intend to store it for later use, reserve some dressing in a separate container. Drizzle it on the potato salad just before serving.

Freeze: It can be frozen for about a month. Thaw it overnight in the fridge. If the salad turns dry, toss gently with a little water.

Reheat: This potato salad with raisins can be served warm or cold. You can also reheat frozen salad, provided you have not added herbs. Herbs tend to lose their flavor when frozen and heated.

Making ahead: As mentioned above, do not add herbs if you’re making this salad ahead of time. Add them after reheating the salad.

Making potato salad for a crowd

Potato salad with raisins can easily be adapted to serve more people. Use the scale in the recipe card below to change the number of servings according to your requirement.

Leftover ideas

 Leftover potato salad with raisins can be repurposed in creative and delicious ways.

  1. Potato Salad Sandwich: Spread leftover potato salad on bread, add some lettuce, tomato, and your choice of protein for a tasty sandwich.
  2. Potato Salad Stuffed Avocado: Scoop out the pit from an avocado and fill it with leftover potato salad for a creamy and satisfying snack or light lunch.
  3. Potato Salad Topped Baked Potato: Reheat your leftover potato salad and use it as a topping for a baked potato. Add a few spoons of avocado green goddess dressing to take it to the next level!
  4. Potato Salad Frittata: Mix leftover potato salad with beaten eggs and any additional ingredients you like (such as cheese, herbs, or cooked vegetables), then bake it in a skillet for a delicious frittata.
  5. Potato Salad Lettuce Wraps: Use large lettuce leaves as a wrap and fill them with leftover potato salad, adding some sliced baked chicken breasts or Asian scrambled tofu for protein.
  6. Potato Salad Tacos: Spoon leftover potato salad into taco shells or tortillas. Add your choice of protein (like panko crusted chicken breasts or pan-seared paprika salmon) and some fresh salsa.
  7. Potato Salad Soup: Heat up some broth and stir in leftover potato salad for a creamy and comforting soup. You can add extra veggies or protein if desired.
  8. Potato Salad Croquettes: Form leftover potato salad into small patties, coat them with breadcrumbs, and fry until golden brown for delicious potato croquettes.
  9. Potato Salad Quesadillas: Spread leftover potato salad onto a tortilla, add cheese and any other fillings you like (such as sautéed onions or peppers), and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crisp.
Potato salad with raisins served with roasted tandoori chicken on a white plate.

What to serve with potato salad with raisins

This healthy potato salad with Greek yogurt pairs well with spicy tandoori chicken legs (which I made today). Other easy recipes include:

  1. Panko crusted cod
  2. Honey garlic lemon pepper chicken thighs
  3. Browned butter salmon

Click here to see more main dishes to pair with no mayo potato salad.

Greek yogurt potato salad with raisins on a wooden plate.

Healthy Potato Salad with Raisins

Potato salad with raisins and Greek yogurt is a refreshing twist on the traditional potato salad, allowing you to enjoy your favorite comfort food while maintaining a more health-conscious lifestyle.
Author: Sheeba
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 189.9 kcal

Ingredients
  

To boil potatoes

  • 1.2 pounds (550 grams) Yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Mix-ins

  • 2 tablespoons black raisins
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons pitted black olives
  • 1 small sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

Sugar free dressing

STEP BY STEP IMAGES

Scroll back to find detailed recipe photos!

Instructions
 

Boil the potatoes

  • Peel and dice 1.2 pounds (550 grams) Yukon gold potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Place them in a deep pot.
    (Alternatively, you can use this pasta pot which makes it easy to drain the potatoes.)
  • Cover with cold water upto about 1-inch above the potatoes. Add 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Peel and smash 3 cloves garlic to release the flavor. Add them to the salted water.
  • Mix well and bring it to a soft boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender.
    (When you pierce with a fork, the potatoes should offer slight resistance and should not crumble.)
  • Drain the hot potatoes immediately using a colander. Leave them in the colander to cool down.
  • Pick out the garlic and discard.

Add raisins and other mix-ins

  • Place the potato cubes in a large bowl.
  • Add 2 tablespoons black raisins, 2 tablespoons golden raisins, 2 tablespoons pitted black olives, 1 small sliced red onion, 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives and 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley.

Make Greek yogurt dressing

  • Take ½ cup Greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar, ½ teaspoon red chili flakes, ½ teaspoon paprika, ½ teaspoon black pepper and ½ teaspoon pink salt in a small bowl.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until combined.

Toss

  • Drizzle the sugar free dressing on the bowl of potatoes and other salad ingredients.
  • Toss the salad and serve immediately.
  • If you are not serving immediately, store in the refrigerator.

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Notes

  1. Potatoes: I’ve used Yukon gold potatoes that are not too waxy or too starchy. They hold their shape better than starchier potatoes like Russet. (Russet potatoes are more suitable for recipes like roasted potatoes and broccoli and cheesy Italian potato croquettes.
  2. Garlic: When you add garlic to potatoes while boiling, they become flavorful without tasting too garlicky.
  3. Greek yogurt: It replaces sour cream/mayo in the dressing for potato salad. Use plain unsweetened Greek yogurt for the best results.
  4. Pink salt: It is more flavorful and you’ll need less of it compared to regular salt. You can substitute it with fine sea salt.
  5. Boiling the potatoes: Keep a close watch after 8 minutes. You should be able to pierce with a fork with minimum resistance.
  6. More tips and tricks in the post above.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Potato Salad with Raisins
Amount per Serving
Calories
189.9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1.1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.2
g
1
%
Trans Fat
 
0.003
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.6
g
Cholesterol
 
1.3
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
989.1
mg
43
%
Potassium
 
810.6
mg
23
%
Carbohydrates
 
40.7
g
14
%
Fiber
 
4.9
g
20
%
Sugar
 
7.7
g
9
%
Protein
 
6.6
g
13
%
Vitamin A
 
454.4
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
33.7
mg
41
%
Calcium
 
71.4
mg
7
%
Iron
 
1.8
mg
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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