Vegan potato salad in a white bowl on a colorful tablecloth.

Vegan Potato Salad

Simplicity and the flavors that everybody knows and loves, that’s the secret behind this Vegan Potato Salad. Soft potatoes, crunchy pickles and creamy sauce make this easy salad so scrumptious.

Who said salad needs to be light? This one is an awesome example that salad can be a dish on it’s own, just as well as a side.

My favorite potato salad surprised many vegan food skeptics, disappearing as a first dish on few garden parties already.

Why we love this Vegan Potato Salad?

  • simple and quick to prepare
  • very hearty – can serve as a meal itself
  • no mayo
  • very budget friendly
  • 100% plant based
  • good also next day – great work lunch
  • fantastic BBQ or garden party salad

Vegan Potato Salad no mayo in a glass bowl.

Ingredients in Vegan Potato Salad

I love that the ingredients in this salad are simple and easy to get, and dressing is very creamy although it doesn’t contain mayo.

BABY POTATOES

Baby potatoes are much more delicate, moist and less starchy than mature ones. Their skin in thin and they usually remain intact when cooked, which makes them such a perfect choice for salads.

Where I live small potatoes are considered reject; unworthy any culinary efforts. In Cyprus potato is considered edible when it’s at least size of the fist. Good for me! I buy lovely baby potatoes for 30 cents per kilo on our local farmers market.

You can prepare vegan potato salad using regular size potatoes and cutting them in smaller pieces too. I just find the baby potato version tastier and prettier.

Washed and scrubbed potatoes before boiling.

PICKELED CUCUMBERS – GHURKINS

Now here you have few options, you can use pickled cucumbers, so called gherkins (they are usually pickled with vinegar, mustard seeds and other spices).

My favorite version however is with cucumbers from the brine – brined pickles. Instead of vinegar, only salt and water is used to preserve this type of pickles. They are typical for eastern Europe, so you can get them in Polish, Bulgarian or Romanian shops. Or – fun project – you can make them at home using for example this recipe.

This type of brined pickles is actually super healthy and promotes good gut bacteria.

If you are not fan of pickles at all, you can substitute them with fresh cucumber, but then you may want to add a bit more onion.

Vegan potato salad in a white bowl on a colorful tablecloth.

SWEET PEAS

Any type of good quality canned peas is good. You can also use frozen sweet peas and boil them for around 4-5 minutes. Strain them and put in the ice cold water to stop process of boiling immediately. Drain them well and they are ready to be added to the salad.

ONION

I like to use red onion, it is my favorite type for any salad. Shallots will be a good choice too, or a bunch of spring onions with a green part.

APPLE

Any sweet and crispy apple variety will do well. Juicy and sweet Honeycrisp, crisp Gala, sweet-tart Jonagold. Or maybe delicate Golden Delicious?

DRESSING

Many potato salads use mayo as a dressing, but not this one. Dressing in this vegan potato salad is fresh, tangy and intensive. Creamy, due to very simple trick.

We will need mustard (preferably one sweet and one tangy), some kind of sweetener (agave or maple syrup for example), gooood! quality olive oil, vinegar, and from spices department just salt & pepper.

Vegan Potato Salad

Recipe by VegnFitCourse: SaladsCuisine: EuropeanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Total time

10

minutes

Simplicity and the flavors that everybody knows and loves, that’s the secret behind this Vegan Potato Salad. Soft potatoes, crunchy pickles and creamy sauce make this easy salad so scrumptious.

Ingredients

  • 500g / 1 pound baby potatoes

  • 1 can sweet peas (400ml / 15 oz)

  • 5-6 medium pickled cucumbers

  • 1 medium apple (sweet)

  • 1/2 red onion (or 1 shallot)

  • salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh dill or chives

  • DRESSING
  • 2 tbsp spicy mustard (e.g. french, dijon)
    2 tbsp delicate mustard (e.g. yellow mustard)
    2 tbsp sweetener (agave syrup, maple syrup)
    2-3 tbsp olive oil of good quality
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  • Clean and scrub the potatoes (no need to peel off the skin). Cook in water with 1tsp salt until tender. Depending on the size of your potatoes it will take 10-15 minutes.
  • In the meantime open and drain sweet peas, chop pickles, onion and apple (you may leave or remove apple skin).
  • Put all the ingredients of dressing in a small jar, close it and shake well until everything is combined. This will help making your dressing creamy. Try and adjust seasoning according to your liking.
  • Drain potatoes and leave them to cool.
  • Mix all the ingredients with the dressing, add chopped dill or spring onion if using.
  • Cut your baby potatoes in half (or four pieces depending on their size). Gently mix the potatoes into the salad, not to break them too much,
  • It’s best to chill your salad in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, so the flavors combine perfectly.

Notes

  • Because we have a rather distinct dressing in this salad, we want to keep the spices simple. Salt and freshly ground pepper will do very well.
  • Check detailed instructions of every step below the recipe.

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HOW TO SERVE VEGAN POTATO SALAD

It is great barbeque salad. It pairs perfectly with vegan burger or anything from the grill.

I find this vegan potato salad a fantastic light summer lunch on it’s own.

Like salads? Try also:

Vegan Chicken Salad – with Crispy Soy Chicken

Vegan Egg Salad – with one magic ingredient that makes it so real

Vegan Beet Salad with Feta

Vegan Potato Salad no mayo in a glass bowl.

How to make Vegan Potato Salad

COOK POTATOES

What’s so great about baby potatoes? Aside from the fact that they are delish.. No need to peel them.

There are so many vitamins inside and right under potato skin, we should eat them as they are as often as possible.

Clean and scrub the potatoes under running water to get rid of any dirt. Cook them with some salt for 10-15 minutes until tender. Don’t overcook! as they will fall apart in the salad. You can check them with the fork to make sure.

While waiting for the potatoes to cook and cool you can prepare remaining ingredients of the salad.

Boiled baby potatoes in a pot.

CHOP AND MIX INGREDIENTS

Drain the peas from the brine. If you are using frozen sweet peas cook them for 3-5 minutes and rinse with ice cold water to stop boiling process.

Chop pickled or brined cucumbers into 1cm / half inch pieces.

Depending on the type of apple and your preference you can peel it or leave the skin. Again, apple skin has loads of vitamins and fiber in it. Dice it similar way to pickles.

I like to chop onion finely for this potato salad, but you can also go for slices or strips.

Green peas, chopped apple, red onion and pickles in a glass bowl.

PREPARE DRESING

Start with the proportions from the recipe. Put everything in the jar and close it very well. Shake the jar in all directions (like you wanted to make a drink in a shaker). This will cause the oil to combine well with other ingredients for a nicely creamy dressing.

Set the jar aside and open it after a minute. Try the dressing and adjust it according to your liking.

Are you a fan of mayo and want to make the dressing even more creamy? Check out the recipe for The Best Vegan Mayo and add 2 table spoons of it to other dressing ingredients.

A jar with dressing mixed for the potato salad.

ADD DRESSING AND MIX EVERYTHING

Mix apple, pickles, onion and peas with the dressing, salt and pepper. We want to mix everything very well now, so that later we can just gently add the potatoes in.

Ingredients for vegan potato salad being mixed in a glass bowl.

CUT POTATOES

After your baby potatoes cooled down you can cut them in half or in four pieces. It is much easier to cut potatoes when they are cold, so sometimes I even cook them one day before I want to prepare this salad.

ADD POTATOES AND ADDJUST SEASONING

Gently mix the potatoes in so they get covered with creamy dressing. Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge for at least half an hour. The taste of the salad really gets better with time and after cooking down.

Vegan Potato Salad no mayo in a glass bowl.

DECORATE AND ENJOY !

I like the addition of fresh dill or spring onion to this vegan potato salad. You can mix them in or just use as a garnish on top.

Vegan potato salad in a white bowl on a colorful tablecloth.

How to store Vegan Potato Salad?

This Vegan Potato Salad without mayo only gets better with time. You can easily store it in the fridge for 3 days in an air tight container.

I like to take it as my lunch to work, so I pack it in single portion plastic containers and store it in the fridge for next two days.

I would love to hear how did you like this Vegan Potato Salad! Feel free to share the recipe on Pinterest and Yummly!

Vegan Potato Salad no mayo in a glass bowl.

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8 thoughts on “Vegan Potato Salad”

  1. Tavo De Obaldia

    The potato salad was soo good. We finished it in one meal. I loved the addition of pickled cucumber.

  2. I love the addition of the apple – so unique! All these ingredients blend well together, and I love having another vegan potato salad to enjoy throughout the summer. Thank you!

  3. The flavours of the sweet peas/apples and the salty cucumbers with the potatoes worked well together. Yum, love it!

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