Father’s Day Recipes…all My Dad’s Favorites and Then Some.
The best Simple Vegan Potato Salad…classic potato salad made healthier, mayo-free, and extra creamy. The creamy cashew dressing includes a mix of both cashew butter and tahini for the perfect blend of flavor. There’s also whole-grain dijon, garlic, and of course, plenty of garden-fresh herbs. The taste is similar to a traditional potato salad but better, with a creamy, buttery texture and herby, garlic flavor. The sea salt on top just seals the deal. Since there’s no mayo, there is also no concern for allowing this to sit out at summer picnics and BBQs. Most importantly…it’s all-around delicious!
I never really thought I would say this, but potato salad is really where it’s at. I’ve realized it can actually be so delicious.
Growing up, my family wasn’t the potato salad eating type. I know that a creamy potato salad is a pretty classic summer side at most BBQs and backyard gatherings, but it wasn’t something my family ever served. Because of that, I just assumed that potato salad was gross.
And to be very honest, I do think that most potato salads are not really my thing. Cold potatoes tossed in a heavy mayo-based dressing, just isn’t my cup of tea. But again, I know there are many people who love potato salad.
Because of that, I allowed my brother and sister-n-law (hi Bren and Lyn’s) to convince me to make a potato salad recipe. But their twist? Make it vegan.
They both love the potato salad that Lyndsie often makes, so I decided it was time I create my own recipe. And the verdict?
Well, let’s just say I never knew I could love potato salad. But you guys I do. I really love this simple vegan potato salad. Even my parents, who have always looked down on these particular types of spuds, agreed that this is really good.
Promise it doesn’t disappoint. It’s just as creamy as traditional potato salad, just healthier and tastier.
First things first, start with the potatoes. Yukon golds are my favorite for this. They’re creamier and butterier than all the rest. I find they make a really delicious salad.
I boil the potatoes until they are just fork-tender. Then I drain them and add them right back to the hot pot, cover, and steam the potatoes. Cooking the potatoes this way yields the perfect creamy, but not overcooked potato.
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this dressing. It is very unique, but in the most delicious way.
I use a mix of cashew butter and tahini to create a creamy dressing that mimics mayo. You can use just cashew butter, or just tahini if you prefer. But I love the combination of the two for the best flavor and creaminess factor. It’s just slightly nutty, yet buttery and garlicky at the same time.
And the whole grain dijon brings in even more flavor.
Also very important. I use fresh basil, dill, chives, and oregano, but use your favorite mix of herbs. I will say that dill is especially delicious and pretty classic in a potato salad.
And that’s really it. Very simple and quick to create, yet we found this to be so delicious weather eaten warm or cold. What’s also great is that you can make this well in advance, making it perfect for low-key summer entertaining. It goes with everything and anything, so a great recipe to keep handy all summer long!
Looking for other summer side dish recipes? Here are a few ideas:
Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken Avocado Orzo Salad with Honey Mustard Bacon Dressing
Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Chickpea Salad
Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Melon Basil Burrata Salad with Crispy Prosciutto
Lastly, if you make this Simple Vegan Potato Salad, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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I would eat this every day. It doesn’t seem like it’d be a mind blowing as it is, but I can tell you it will knock some socks off!
I really appreciate you giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday! xT
Made this for my son who is vegan. I am not vegan so it was a treat for him. Instead is honey I used sweet relish. And I added my own seasonings like garlic salt and Mrs. Dash. I also added very small minced carrots and celery. I added all the fresh herbs you called for and It was a hit. Loved the tahine and cashew butter combo and the tang of the lemon and vinegar.
Happy Monday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I am so glad it was a winner:) Have the best week! xx
This is a surprisingly delicious recipe! I made it for July 4th, and it was delicious. The cashews are unassuming, adding a velvety texture that is so unctuous and flavorful! I also added chopped rosemary to the food processor, and liked the added herb. The salad was also even better (didn’t think that was possible) the day after! YUM! Your recipes are so easy and never disappoint! Thank you!
Happy Wednesday! Thanks for sharing your review and making this recipe, I am so glad it was a winner! xxTieghan
Can you adapt this recipe for Instant pot?
Sure, you could cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan
Delicious! I used 2 tsp honey cause it was a bit tangy for us, and only had fresh basil and not the other herbs, but it still tasted fresh and flavorful.
Happy Sunday!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! xx