Portable Potato Salad

Continuing our series of lunch box ideas for kids, here is a lunchbox friendly potato salad which is actually made from a leftover ham dinner. The key is to put the dressing in the bottom of the box or jar before filling it and to layer it with the meat at the bottom, then the vegetables on top. There is no need to add seasoning as the ham should be salty enough. Don’t shake the box until just before serving (so keep upright in transit) and it is just as nice warm as it is cold!

Serves 1 hungry adult or 2 hungry kids


  • 7 cooked baby potatoes
  • Handful fresh peas
  • 7 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 thick slice of homecooked ham or bacon
  • 3 chives
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar


  • Chopping board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Large sealable jar or lunchbox
  • Teaspoon & tablespoon for measuring the dressing ingredients


  1. Measure the mustard, oil and cider vinegar into the bottom of the lunchbox or jar then stir with a teaspoon.
  2. Chop the chives finely and add to the dressing in the bottom of the lunchbox.
  3. Chop the meat into bitesize chunks and put down as the next layer.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes and freshly podded peas (although frozen is fine too). There is no need to cut the tomatoes at all they will stay fresher if they are whole.
  5. Cut the potatoes roughly and layer on top.
  6. Seal the box until ready to serve you can easily prepare this meal from the night before. It will keep for 2 days in the fridge providing your ingredients are fresh.

This recipe, and more, is available on Wholesome Ireland

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls