Caramelized Potato and Onion Salad

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

I think this is a great salad from Alessandra Avallone's cookbook, The Complete Book of Salads.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large frying pan, heat the 4 tablespoons oil.
  2. Add the onion and cook gently over low heat for 20 minutes, occasionally shaking the pan.
  3. In boiling, lightly salted water, cook the potatoes until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain; rinse in cold water, then peel.
  4. Add potatoes to the onions in the frying pan with a little extra oil if necessary. Turn up heat, sprinkle sugar over and allow to caramelize.
  5. Add a few tablespoons vinegar to soften the caramel, then remove from heat.
  6. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and freshly chopped rosemary.
  7. Serve warm or cold.
Most Helpful

We loved's such a nice change from the normal potato salads...I cut this way down and kept the peels on...I would suggest you remove the pan when adding the cider vinegar...I didn't and the darn thing was spitting at is a keeper...thanks for posting it...

teresas August 11, 2015

Delicious and well deserved five stars. My changes: shallots for baby onions (forgot to add to the grocery list) and a combination of potatoes-Yukons, reds and blues and since they are all thin skinned the potatoes were left unpeeled. The only warning I would mention is to be cautious with how much rosemary you use as too much will overpower the other flavors. We've decided to prepare this salad again soon and serve with wienerschnitzel as we think that would be a perfect pairing of flavors. *Very* happy to have discovered this recipe! Reviewed for Veg Tag November. Thank you!

COOKGIRl November 08, 2010

Great recipe: great blend of flavours. I probably had proportionally more potatoes, so the amount of vinegar was fine for us, and we love cider vinegar. I used grindings of a rosemary and sage blend from a mini blender I acquired recently and I'm finding that that blend is wonderful in so many recipes. I used grindings of black pepper rather than white pepper, as I use it all the time and don't even have any white pepper! The baby onions were very elegant and I'd use them again for serving guests, but unless I can find some peeled and frozen, I'm going to try this next time with regular onions or perhaps a mix of onions and leeks. It's the tedium of the peeling! Oh how lazy are some of us in 2008! Loved the baby potatoes - which we're eating all the time - caramelised! Yum, yum! Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe, mersaydees.

bluemoon downunder November 03, 2008