Eat & Drink

Buttermilk Potato Salad: Like Buttah

A gussied-up version of a classic.

This is my take on a gussied-up version of a classic American potato salad. With corn, herbs, buttermilk and 7-minute eggs you really can’t go wrong with this salad. I was so hungry I ate it warm out of the bowl but this is also a great side dish to make the day before to really let the dressing soak into the potatoes.


1 pound of potatoes, cubed
1 ear corn
3 eggs
1/2 small onion, diced
1/4 cup chives, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons mayo
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
kosher salt


  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil and gently drop in the eggs. Set a timer for 7 minutes.
  • Blend the buttermilk, mayo, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, half of the chives and half the parsley together using an immersion blender. A thorough whisking works too.
  • Pull the eggs out of the boiling water when the timer goes off and submerge them in an ice bath.
  • Add the potatoes and a teaspoon of salt to the boiling water and cook for 6 minutes or until you can easily pierce them with a fork.
  • Strain the potatoes and lay them onto a paper towel to dry thoroughly.
  • Cut the kernels off the cob of the ear of corn and sauté them over low heat with the onions and butter until the onions become translucent.
  • In the meantime, peel and quarter the boiled eggs.
  • Combine the corn, onions, and potatoes in a bowl and cover them in buttermilk dressing. Toss it all together with the herbs and eggs.
  • Add additional salt and ground black pepper to taste and enjoy!

I crumbled some bacon on top of Mike’s bowl and the consensus was that also tasted delicious. Try not to eat it all immediately like I did—it will taste better after it sits for a while.

Olivia Maki originally posted her recipe for Buttermilk Potato Salad at The Coast Kitchen.

By Olivia Maki

Olivia Maki is an Oakland-based writer and blogger who focuses on agricultural and food system issues. She has programmed educational experiences at 18 Reasons, and worked on farms in California and Vermont. Follow her @livmaki and at her food blog, The Coast Kitchen.