Sometimes, you just need a classic. Today is one of those days.
Say hello to my vegan-ized version of potato salad. Creamy, savory, and hearty, it requires just 10 ingredients. What’s not to love?
This potato salad is made with red potatoes – my favorite – for the ultimate potato salad texture. (Yellow potatoes tend to get too soft + I love the red skin for a pop of color.)
Fresh, chopped vegetables – I went with bell pepper, celery, and onion – add plenty of crunch and plant-based fiber. And last but not least, my cashew garlic-herb dressing marries everything together.
I hope you all LOVE this potato salad! It’s:
If you aren’t into white potatoes, sweet potatoes could easily be subbed! And, depending on what’s in season where you live, feel free to swap out the veggies as well. The garlic-herb sauce works with pretty much any combination!
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Simple Vegan Potato Salad
- 1 pound (453 g) small red potatoes (or sub sweet potatoes // yellow work, too, but can get soft)
- 2 1/2 cups (~370 g) diced vegetables (i.e. bell pepper, celery, red onion, etc.)
- 1 cup (120 g) raw cashews
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) water
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) grape seed, olive, or avocado oil
- 2 Tbsp (30 ml) white wine or apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp (20 g) spicy mustard
- 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) agave nectar or maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp (10 g) dried dill (or 4-5 Tbsp fresh dill)
- 1/4 tsp each sea salt and black pepper, plus more to taste
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- optional: 1 tsp hot sauce
FOR SERVING optional
- Fresh chopped parsley
Add cashews to a small bowl and cover with boiling hot water. Let sit uncovered for 1 hour.
In the meantime, add potatoes to a large saucepan and cover with room temperature water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Then reduce to medium-high heat so the water is at a low boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender and a knife easily slides in and out. Then drain and set on a cutting board or counter to cool slightly.
Once the cashews have soaked, drain well and add to a blender along with an additional 1/3 cup (80 ml) water. Then add grape seed oil, vinegar, spicy mustard, agave or maple syrup, dill, salt, pepper and garlic. Blend on high, scraping down sides as needed, until texture is creamy and thick but pourable. Add more water if it has trouble blending.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more dill for herby flavor, garlic for zing/bite, salt and pepper for overall flavor, maple syrup for sweetness, or vinegar for acidity. At this time, you can also add some hot sauce for added spice (optional).
Chop cooked potatoes into bite-size pieces and add to a large mixing bowl along with chopped vegetables. Top with all of the sauce and stir to coat. Garnish with parsley (optional) and serve as is - slightly warm / room temperature - or cover, transfer to the refrigerator, and chill until cold - 4-6 hours or overnight.
Leftovers keep in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Best in the first 72 hours.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 6 servings with all of the dressing. Calculated without parsley or hot sauce.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 6)
- Calories: 233
- Fat: 13g
- Saturated fat: 2.2g
- Sodium: 133mg
- Carbohydrates: 25.9g
- Fiber: 3.9g
- Sugar: 6.3g
- Protein: 5.8g