Sicilian Potato and Green Bean Salad


Our fresh Italian potato salad recipe is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser at your next picnic, potluck, or family gathering. Try this Potato and Green Bean Salad with tuna or grilled chicken for a protein boost.

sicilian potato and green bean salad
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Cool Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 37 mins


  • 1 lemon

  • 1 ½ pound tiny red new potatoes, quartered

  • 8 ounce fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces

  • cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained

  • 3 anchovies, mashed with a fork, or 1 to 2 teaspoons anchovy paste

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, each cut into 6 wedges

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered, coarsely chopped roma tomatoes, or roasted red sweet pepper strips

  • cup green Italian olives, pitted and quartered, or pitted large ripe olives, quartered

  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves, cut into very thin strips

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper


  1. Finely shred peel from lemon; measure 2 teaspoons lemon peel. Juice lemon; measure 3 tablespoons juice. Set aside. In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine potatoes and enough salted water to cover. Bring to boiling over high heat; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender, adding green beans for the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain. Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour or until cool.

  2. For the dressing, in a screw-top jar combine oil, the 2 teaspoons lemon peel, the 3 tablespoons lemon juice, the capers, anchovies, garlic, and the 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cover and shake well.

  3. In a large bowl toss potatoes with half of the dressing. Add eggs, tomatoes, olives, basil, and the remaining dressing; toss gently to coat. Season to taste with salt and additional black pepper.

Sicilian Potato and Green Bean Salad with Tuna:

Prepare Sicilian Potato and Green Bean Salad, except add one 7-ounce can tuna, drained, and 1/4 cup sliced green onions (2) to the cooked and cooled potato-bean mixture.Nutrition per serving: 216 calories, 11 g protein, 18 g carbohydrate, 12 g total fat, (2 g sat. fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 11% Vitamin A, 29% Vitamin C, 373 mg sodium, 4% calcium, 10% iron

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
12g Fat
17g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 289mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 16.5mg 83%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 535mg 11%
Folate, total 36.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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