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This delicious and creamy vegan potato salad is easy to make for a quick lunch and it's also perfect as a packed lunch to eat outside in the sun. It has a fresh and light flavour thanks to the herbs, lemon and olive oil. It's naturally vegan and has no greasy mayo, but thanks to our useful trick you'll get a super creamy dressing that we are sure you'll love!
Vegan potato salad is one of the first things we started eating as vegans. When we were still living in Dublin we would go to this incredible vegetarian restaurant in Wicklow St. called Cornucopia - a Dublin institution. I'd order their out-of-this-world vegan potato salad with crushed hazelnuts on top and would be happy for the rest of the week.
Steam, boiled, and baked potatoes are one of the world's healthiest foods. They are full of healthy carbs and minerals that will fill you up with energy and make you look slim and healthy. Yes. You can lose weight and be super healthy by eating good carbs all day long. Just like the longest-living populations around the world.
We prefer to eat our potatoes with the skin on. If you do so, better if you get organic ones. Their peel is rich in dietary fiber, phenolics, riboflavin, vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin B6. This means that potatoes (not french fries full of trans fats and salt) might have anti-carcinogenic properties, cholesterol lowering properties, hyperglycemic lowering properties (more here), on top of making you feel happy and satiated. Oh, and they are also cheap.
🥬 Ingredients & Substitutions
Organic potatoes: we use organic as we keep the skin on the potatoes. Pick potatoes with thin skin that are not too big. Yellow or red potatoes both work.
Chickpeas: canned or home cooked chickpeas are both fine. Chickpeas add some extra protein to the dish. You can replace chickpeas with lightly boiled edamame beans or white cannellini beans.
Fresh greens: we use dill, parsley, green onions and arugula/rocket to give the salad a fresh but intense flavour. Feel free to add some sliced celery for a more traditional spin. Other herbs that work well are chives and coriander.
Olive oil, garlic and lemon juice: to make the dressing light, fresh, and more mediterranean. You can replace this dressing with vegan mayo, but we do not recommend it.
Hazelnuts: people, hazelnuts and potato salad must go together. They add crunch and a rich nutty flavour to it. You can replace them with toasted almonds, walnuts or cashew nuts.
📋 Recipe Card
Vegan Potato Salad Recipe
- 2 pounds organic potatoes (900 grams)
- 1 cup chickpeas (160 grams)
- ⅓ cup hazelnuts (40 grams)
- ¼ cup olive oil (40 grams)
- 1 handful arugula (25 grams)
- 1 handful flat-leave parsley (10 grams)
- 1 handful dill (10 grams)
- ½ cup potato cooking water
- ¼ clove garlic
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 green onions
- ½ tsp fine sea salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 tbsp coarse sea salt (to salt the potato water)
- Scrub the potatoes under running water with your hands or with a metal sponge. Then cut them into 2 inches (0.5 cm) thick slices.
- In a large pot filled with water add a tbsp of coarse sea salt and the potatoes. Bring to boil, then cook for about 7 minutes. The potatoes should not be overcooked or they'll break apart in the salad.
- Save one cup of potato cooking water. Then drain the potatoes and quickly rinse them under cold water to lower their temperature.
- In a blender, add 1 slice of boiled potato, green onion, dill, parsley, juice of half lemon, garlic, salt, olive oil, potato cooking water, black pepper, and blend for a few seconds.
- In a bowl, add the potatoes and the drained chickpeas together.
- Add the herb dressing to the bowl and mix well together.
- Add chopped hazelnuts.
- Add chopped arugula/rocket.
- Give it a quick mix and serve it with some freshly cut green onions on top.
👨🏻🍳 Top tips
Don't peel the potatoes, scrub them
We try to eat our potatoes with the skin on as often as we can. The peel is the best part, don't throw it out. Instead, use a metal sponge to scrub off the darkest areas and dirt and you are good to go.
Salt the water!
The general rule of thumb when boiling vegetables is to ALWAYS salt the water! The potatoes will taste so much better and will need a lot less seasoning.
Cut the potatoes for quicker cooking
Cutting the potatoes before cooking them will make the potatoes slightly more watery and some people don't like that. However, for this recipe, we believe that the pros outweighs the cons. 1) your potatoes will cook much faster 2) they will absorb more flavour from the salted water 3) you won't ruin the potatoes cutting them after they're cooked.
Add some potato to the dressing
While this might seem weird, we like to add one piece of boiled potato into the blender while making the dressing. When blended, the potato will release a lot of starch that will make the dressing super creamy without you having to add mayonnaise, eggs, or any other unhealthy animal based products.
Save some potato cooking water
Add some potato cooking water to the dressing to make it come together. The potato water is very tasty and also rich of starch and will make the dressing extra creamy and tasty.
📖 Questions & answers
Yes, our recipe is gluten-free. If you add other ingredients such as vegan mayo, then read the label.
Yes, compared to traditional potato salad made with eggs and mayonnaise, our vegan recipe is super healthy. It has no animal based ingredients, no cholesterol, plenty of fiber, a good balance of protein given by potatoes and chickpeas, some healthy fats from the olive oil and the hazelnuts, and plenty of vitamins and antioxidants from potato peel, herbs, and rocket/arugula. Remember, potatoes are a very healthy food if you don't deep fry them!
Traditional potato salad made with mayonnaise and eggs is very fattening. However, it is unlikely to get fat eating our vegan potato salad recipe. In fact, you might lose weight. Why? Because we designed this recipe so that you become full before you consume too many calories.
Boiled potatoes with skin on and chickpeas are foods with very low calorie density. "Calorie density is the simplest approach to healthful eating and lifelong weight management. This commonsense approach to sound nutrition allows for lifelong weight management without hunger and more food for fewer calories."
Traditional potato salad might cause food poisoning due to the eggs and mayonnaise in it. Our vegan potato salad is unlikely to cause food poisoning as it does not contain any eggs, meat or dairy.
This potato salad will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Genoese style: a delicious salad inspired by the Genovese tradition of north-western Italy. In Genova, the home of pesto, people eat potatoes with string beans and pesto dressing. Follow our recipe for vegan pesto sauce, then use it as a dressing for the boiled potatoes and chickpeas, then add 2 handfuls of boiled string beans, et voilà. You got yourself a delicious original potato salad recipe!
Curry potato salad: you can make a delicious and simple dressing with an oriental twist by mixing together 130 grams of unsweetened soy yogurt with 1 tsp of curry powder, ½ tsp of turmeric powder, 1 sliced green onion, ½ tsp of sea salt, 10 grams of chopped cilantro, a pinch of pepper, and 1 stalk of chopped celery. An easy, simple and delicious vegan dressing for a potato salad with a twist. Add some chickpeas to improve the protein profile of the dish.
Refrigerator: you can store this vegan potato salad in an air tight container or in a bowl covered with a lid for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Can I freeze potato salad? Yes, you can. Especially since ours doesn't have eggs or mayo, your risk of bacterial contamination, and hence, food poisoning, will be a lot lower. To freeze the potato salad use a bowl or air tight container and place it in the freezer. It keeps for up to 3 months.
To thaw it, take it out of the freezer and place it into the refrigerator until completely thawed (it can take about 12 to 24 hours). It's important that you thaw your potato salad in the refrigerator because doing it at room temperature will foster bacterial growth on the surface of the dish. Never thaw food at room temperature!
Once thawed, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and a handful of freshly chopped parsley, give it a mix and serve. We do not recommend freezing potato salad as its consistency and flavour will never be the same as a fresh one.
🥗 Side dishes
Potato salad is often served as a side dish, however, we developed this dish to be served as a main as its nutritional profile is complete. If you want to you can pair this potato salad with some grilled vegetables or with some sautéed greens for a light, easy and healthy dinner.
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