Who doesn’t love a good potato salad?
Unfortunately, the traditional potato salad recipes often have mayonnaise. Substituting this for a vegan mayo is a great start, but many store bought brands and recipes still have oil in them.
But you don’t need egg or oil to have a delicious potato salad.
For recipes that call for it, you can always make and add your own homemade vegan mayonnaise. You’ll find a few oil-free recipes below, including a couple of soy-free versions.
Before your next get-together, try out these 7 oil-free vegan potato salad recipes. Some are more “traditional,” while others just happen to be made with a potato base. Because why not mix it up a bit now and then?!
1. Southwestern Potato Bowl
Not your traditional potato salad, but it’s a potato-based salad all the same. This potato bowl is made with Yukon Gold potatoes and pinto beans, then loaded with vegetables, spice, and a touch of cilantro. It’s colourful, filling, and you can’t go wrong with Yukon Gold potatoes. The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet is a good place to find more recipes by Rip Esselstyn.
2. Spring Herb Potato Salad
PlantPlate brings you a creamy vegan potato salad with finely chopped red onion, dill, chives, and parsley. With the smell and flavour you grew up with, the oil-free dressing adds the final touch. Nugget or any small potatoes work well in this salad. Maybe try out a couple different varieties to see which you like best.
3. Vegan Barbecue Potato Salad
This Barbecue Potato Salad from The Vegan 8 is sure to establish itself as one of your favourites. It’s made with gold potatoes along with celery and corn for added crunch. As it starts to come into season, fresh corn is a nice option, but frozen works well too. Load up the potatoes with your prepared vegan barbecue sauce and dig in! To keep the sauce gluten-free, just use a gluten-free, vegan Worcestershire sauce.
4. Vegan German Potato Salad
Here is a Vegan German Potato Salad recipe via Fat Free Vegan to add to your recipe collection. It’s made with basic enough ingredients, yet together they pack a powerful punch. Yukon Gold potatoes are definitely the ones to use for this recipe! The more unique ingredient in this vegan potato salad is hickory smoked salt. In case you can’t get it in your local grocery stores, you can find it here.
5. Vegan Potato Salad
A tofu and oil-free recipe, the “mayo” for this Vegan Potato Salad from Brand New Vegan is made with white beans. Red potatoes and celery make up the base of this potato salad along with red onion, bell pepper, and a bit of dill (or sweet) pickle relish. The dressing used for this recipe could certainly come in handy in for other dishes too.
6. Vegan Rainbow Potato Salad
Using tri-coloured potatoes and a range of colourful vegetables, this really is a Vegan Rainbow Potato Salad! Loaded with herbs and veggies, it has all the flavour you could wish for. To make this recipe oil-free, you can prepare your own vegan mayonnaise. For your oil-free vegan mayo you can use tofu, or not. You can also go with the dressing used in Brand New Vegan’s Vegan Potato Salad (see above).
7. Creamy Vegan German Potato Salad
Cooking with Plants makes a Creamy Vegan German Potato Salad with simple ingredients – and it’s quick to prepare too! Boiled potatoes, pickles, mustard, and dill make up this vegan potato salad. The dressing uses the same ingredients as well as sunflower seeds, so it’s oil-free and soy-free. Adding a touch of water or vegetable broth can make the dressing even creamier.
Since fresh is best, you can grow your own herbs in a backyard or patio garden for the freshest taste, smell, and flavour. Once you’ve found a sunny area for them to grow in, all you need to do is get some seeds and get planting!
Whether home grown or bought from a store or market, the potato salad lover will want to have dill on hand. Fresh or dried, it’s not difficult to care for your dill. And, it’s especially nice to have some nearby in the summer!
Salads don’t have to be boring, but they can still be healthy. These Vegan Potato Salads are a great example of this.
To add a few more salad recipes to the list, you won’t compromise on flavour with whole grains either, and they pack a nutritious punch too!
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