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Warm Potato Salad with Sausage & Cotija

Updated On: Apr 12, 2024

This recipe for Warm Potato Salad with Sausage & Cotija sounds like a mouthful, but let me assure you, it will definitely be that…putting big spoonfuls in your mouth. Warm red potatoes mixed with browned sausage, creamy cotija cheese and an herby vinaigrette dressing. It’s so delicious and is just as great served cold.

Warm Potato Salad with Sausage & Cotija | farmgirlgourmet.com

Why I Love this Recipe

I make warm potato salad on my barbecue all summer long, but this recipe was a little different with the tangy dressing, browned sausage, and added sweetness from the caramelized onions.  Soft tang comes from the Cotija cheese (a Mexican farmers cheese) and it’s all melded with a bunch of fresh herbs snipped from the garden and a quick vinaigrette of balsamic & olive oil.  All that’s missing here are forks and hungry mouths.  Guess what?  This warm potato salad is even better the next day.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Red potatoes
  • Ground sausage
  • Onion
  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh oregano
  • Fresh sage
  • Honey
  • Cotija cheese

How to Make Potato Salad

Toss boiled potatoes, browned sausage and Cotija cheese with a vinaigrette made of mayonnaise, fresh oregano, fresh sage, balsamic vinegar, honey, and olive oil. So simple to make and packed with flavor.

warm potato salad with cotija served in a mason jar

Warm Potato Salad with Sausage & Cotija

A warm potato salad that is sure to become your new favorite for summer side dishes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Salads
Cuisine All Cuisines
Servings 8 Servings


  • 1 ½ pounds red potatoes cut into bite sized pieces
  • ½ pound ground sausage crumbled1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 ounces Cotija cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Boil potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.
  • In a medium saute pan brown the sausage until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Remove to a large bowl and set aside.
  • Add butter to saute pan used for sausage and add the onions. Turn down to medium and cook until caramelized and turning light brown. Add to the sausage and add potatoes.
  • In a small mason jar add the mayonnaise, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and herbs. Shake to combine. Pour over warm potato mixture and season with salt and pepper. Add the cotija cheese and toss lightly to coat. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1gCalories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 8gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 536mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3g
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Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    Yum!!! Awesome that the potatoes are from your garden!

  2. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Mmmm…sounds delicious!! 🙂

  3. Mmm!! This looks so crazy good! I love the Cotija!! YUM!

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