Potato Salad with Fresh Corn And Basil


Red baby potatoes are ideal for potato salad because of their tender skins and creamy interiors that hold together, even when cooked. Quickly soaking the onions in vinegar mellows their bite and allows the summery fresh herbs to shine in the dressing. Be sure to taste the salad after chilling and adjust the seasoning before serving.

Potato Salad with Fresh Corn and Basil Recipe
Photo: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Dickey / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
6 to 8


  • 2 quarts water

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste

  • 1 medium ear fresh yellow corn, husk and silk removed

  • 2 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 7 1/2 cups)

  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 3 medium celery stalks, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, plus dill sprigs, for garnish

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste


  1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Stir in 2 tablespoons salt until dissolved. Add ear of corn; cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Remove corn, and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.

  2. Return water to a boil over medium-high. Add potatoes; cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; let cool 15 minutes.

  3. Combine onion and vinegar in a large bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in celery, mayonnaise, chopped basil, chopped dill, pepper, and remaining 21/2 teaspoons salt. Cut corn kernels from cob; discard cob. Add corn kernels and potatoes to onion mixture; stir mixture, lightly mashing together, until creamy. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 3 days. Season to taste with salt and pepper; garnish with dill sprigs.

Make Ahead

Potato salad may be covered and stored in refrigerator up to 3 days.

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