Smashed Potato Salad 

Rating: 5.00

Potatoes, a humble and versatile ingredient, have been a staple in many cuisines around the world. Transforming these earthy tubers into a culinary masterpiece, however, requires a bit of creativity and a love for flavors. In this recipe, we will explore how to elevate the classic potato side dish into something extraordinary:

Cooking Tips:

  • Potato Choice: Opt for small to small-sized potatoes for consistent cooking and easy smashing.
  • Ample Seasoning: Generously season with salt and pepper to enhance the potatoes’ natural flavor.
  • Extended Baking Time: A longer baking period guarantees a deliciously crispy exterior with a soft, fluffy interior.
  • Fresh Herbs in Yogurt: Incorporate freshly chopped herbs in the yogurt sauce for a vibrant, aromatic flair.


For the Potatoes:

  • 1 kg /2.2 lb Potatoes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Dill, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Chives, chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 Red Onion, finely chopped


Preparing the Potatoes:

  • Boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender.
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  • Preheat the oven to about 425°F (220°C).
  • Drain and cool the boiled potatoes slightly.
  • Gently smash each potato on a baking sheet.
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  • Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes or until the edges are crispy and golden brown.
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Crafting the Herbed Yogurt:

  • Blend yogurt and mayonnaise in a bowl.
  • Stir in lemon juice, garlic, herbs, cucumber, and red onion.
  • Mix thoroughly for a cohesive sauce.
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Assembling the Salad:

  • Let the potatoes cool slightly after baking.
  • Mix the potatoes with the Herbed Yogurt.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Present the Smashed Potato Salad warm, complemented by the cool, creamy herbed yogurt. This combination of crispy potatoes and smooth, herb-infused yogurt, enhanced by the zest of red onion, offers a delightful dance of textures and flavors.
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The Smashed Potato Salad is more than just a side dish; it’s a testament to the versatility and appeal of potatoes. Ideal for any dining occasion, from a cozy family dinner to a sophisticated gathering, this dish brings a touch of elegance and a whole lot of flavor. Prepare to impress your guests and satisfy your cravings with this modern take on a classic favorite.

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Smashed Potato Salad

5 from 3 votes
This is a recipe for a delightful Smashed Potato Salad, featuring oven-crisped potatoes topped with a refreshing herbed yogurt and red onion sauce. It’s a perfect blend of textures and flavors, combining the heartiness of potatoes with the cool, creamy zest of the yogurt dressing. Ideal for a unique side dish or a light meal in itself.
Servings 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • Large Pot for boiling potatoes
  • Oven for baking potatoes
  • Baking sheet
  • Mixing bowl for yogurt sauce


For the Potatoes:

  • 1 kg Potatoes (2.2 lb) as needed
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon Lemon Juice
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp Parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp Chives chopped
  • 1/2 Cucumber finely diced
  • 1 Red Onion finely chopped


Preparation of Potatoes:

  • Boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender.
  • Preheat your oven to a high temperature (about 425°F or 220°C).
  • Once boiled, drain the potatoes and let them cool slightly.
  • On a baking sheet, gently smash each potato to flatten it, but ensure it remains in one piece.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are crispy and golden brown, about 45-60 minutes or until crispy.

Making the Herbed Yogurt:

  • In a bowl, combine yogurt and mayonnaise.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, minced garlic, dill, parsley, chives or spring onion, diced cucumber, and finely chopped red onion. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated.


  • Once the potatoes are baked and crispy, let them cool for a few minutes.
  • Add the Potatoes to the Bowl with the yogurt-herb mix, combine and enjoy!


Calories: 300kcal
Cost: $12
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Fusion
Keyword: Creamy and Crunchy Potato Recipe, Crispy Potato Recipe, Easy Entertaining Side Dish, Gourmet Potato Salad, Herbed Yogurt Potato Salad, Oven-Baked Potato Side Dish, Potato Side Dish, Smashed Potato Salad

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Used kewpie mayonnaise, and added more garlic, and cayenne. Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this for my family for Christmas dinner after seeing it on Instagram and it was their favorite dish. Everyone loved it so much. It’s the perfect recipe to serve at gatherings if you want something different than the usual mashed or roasted potatoes.

    1. Dr. Vegan Author says:

      Hi Mary!

      Wow, your kind words truly made my day! I’m thrilled to hear that your family enjoyed the dish. It’s comments like these and people like you that keep motivating me😊.

  3. 5 stars
    If you feel like your life has been missing something…it has…and it’s this recipe. I found this on TikTok originally and haven’t stopped making it since. It’s truly one of the greatest curations of humankind. Crunchy. Salty. Genius. I make one batch a week and my family devours it. I usually cut the mayo and add extra yogurt (Coco June is the way to go). It’s divine. Thank you for your service Dr Vegan 🫡

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