Easy Cayenne Spicy Potato Salad

This is an easy cayenne spicy potato salad, made from just four ingredients you can keep in the cupboard until you need them. Then, with the minimum of effort, you can whip up a tasty potato salad as part of a salad bowl, or as a barbecue side dish.  This is a great camping dish too as it’s a no cook dish.

How Many Portions of  Potato Salad is This?

That depends on how much you want!  It’s certainly a portion of potato salad for 3-4 people as part of a plate of other salad. This makes ~410 grams of potato salad, which is the size of a large pack bought in a shop, if that’s not enough, simply double up the recipe.

This potato salad can also be added to, with other ingredients you’ve got available, or want to use up, but I keep my recipes straight forward as I’ve rarely got a wide variety of ingredients in the house.  Tinned potatoes aren’t the best of foods to eat as they are, on a plate as a boiled potato, but they really come into their own in a few recipes.  Potato salad is one time when tinned potatoes work well.

Ingredients:Cayenne Spicy Potato Salad

  • One large tin of potatoes
  • Mayonnaise, or salad cream
  • 2 teaspoons Mixed herbs, dried
  • 1 level teaspoon Cayenne pepper (this is hot, you can always add more to taste later if you wish)


  1. Open the tin of potatoes and drain them. Rinse the potatoes, then cut them into pieces the size you want.
  2. Squirt in enough mayonnaise, or salad cream, to suit your personal preference
  3. Add in the mixed herbs and cayenne.
  4. Carefully stir it all together.
  5. Serve, or box up for the fridge.

You can serve this immediately, but it’s much better if it’s left for the flavours to combine.  Cover and store in the fridge.  This even tastes better the day after, so is a great “prepare ahead” side-dish if you’re having a barbecue or salad meal.

I find that the large tins of potatoes (~560 grams, 345 grams drained weight) fill a 0.6 litre lidded tub to the brim.

Use Within:

Once made, if you keep this covered and in the fridge it’ll be absolutely fine for at least 3-4 days.

Menu Cost: 

You can get tinned potatoes from most supermarkets for just £0.20/can.  The mayonnaise or salad cream is about £0.05 and the mixed herbs and cayenne are probably £0.05.  Total cost is therefore about £0.30 and it makes about 410 grams of potato salad if you use the large tins.

Money saving: This is a money saving dish compared to buying a tub of potato salad in the shops as the cost is about 1/3rd of buying potato salad at the shop!  The money’s better off in your pocket, enabling you to buy something much more exciting with that spare cash!