Serbian Potato Salad Krompir Salata Recipe

Serbian Potato Salad. © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to, Inc.
  • 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings Serbian potato salad
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This Serbian recipe for potato salad (krompir salata) is made with a vinegar-and-oil dressing.

Because mayonnaise or sour cream are not used to bind the potatoes and vegetables, this version of potato salad is a perfect picnic item in terms of food safety.

This potato salad tastes best if you allow the flavors to marry in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours before serving.

What You'll Need

  • 6 large white or Yukon Gold potatoes, boiled, peeled and sliced or diced
  • 2 medium yellow onions, halved and sliced thinly or 1 bunch sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola or olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

  1. Place potatoes and onions in a large bowl.
  2. In a screw-top jar, add vinegar, oil, garlic, red pepper, salt, sugar, and black pepper.
  3. Cover with the lid and shake vigorously. Toss potatoes with dressing.
  4. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  5. For best flavor, allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. 

More Serbian Picnic Foods

This potato salad makes a great side dish for a picnic or pig or lamb roast.

Here are other popular cookout dishes.

  • Serbian Coleslaw RecipeHere is another dish that is perfect for outdoors eating because it is dressed with vinegar and oil.
  • Serbian Shish Kebabs RecipeKnown as raznjici in Serbian, these skewers of pork, veal or lamb are grilled over a hot fire.
  • Serbian Hamburgers RecipePljeskavica hamburgers are platter-sized affairs made with any combination of beef, pork or lamb and lots of garlic and then grilled alongside the kebabs.
  • Serbian Sausages RecipeCevapcici are hand-formed sausages (no casings are used) made with the same mixture as pljeskavica. They are grilled or pan-fried and often served in a bread known as lepinje with an unaged cheese spread known as kajmak.
  • Spit-Roasted Lamb and PigSpit-roasting whole young lambs and pigs is a picnic tradition among not only Slavs but Greeks and others. The methods are the same across the board while the seasonings might be different. The process takes hours but the results are succulent.
  • Serbian Roast Leg of Lamb RecipeFor those who don't have the equipment or know-how for spit roasting a whole animal, this roast leg of lamb studded with garlic, lemon and oregano will suffice nicely.
  • Serbian Nut Roll RecipeMost Serbian churches hold lamb-and-pig roasts throughout the year and the most popular desserts served are nut rolls and cheese and apple strudels made by the church's Serbian Sisters Circles or kolos. A nut roll or strudel is a perfect dessert for an outdoors event because it won't melt.