Veggie Potato Salad
As healthy as a potato salad can get, super creamy, savory and filling without all the guilt, cholesterol or unhealthy fats from tradition style mayo. A whole food plant based veggie loaded recipe to make all year long.
A veganized version of a European classic known as “A La Rousse Potato Salad, Salata de Beouf or Insalate Rustica”.
Served during special occasions like Easter and Christmas, this potato salad is a combination of cooked diced potatoes, carrots and green peas mixed with dill pickles or roasted red bell peppers before being dressed with a creamy thick plant based mayo. Traditionally shredded pieces of beef or chicken were also added into the mix, thankfully humanity has evolved and we can now make it cruelty-free and good for us.
The Cashew Mayo
- Basically it’s this vegan aioli I made last week using soaked cashews, avocado (you can’t even tell), garlic, dijon mustard and lemon juice. It all gets blended together into the fluffiest creamiest dressing ever. Easy peasy delicious!
- Don’t feel like making your own aioli or mayo? Just use some store bought Vegenaise and call it a day!
Can I freeze potato salad?
How to Make Potato Salad with Peas and Carrots
- Start by dicing your potatoes and carrots then boil them with some bay leaves in heavily salted water until tender. Don’t worry, all that extra salt will drain away and the potatoes will be perfectly seasoned before even being dressed.
- Add some frozen green peas at the last minute of cooking just until warmed through.
- Drain all the veggies then mix together with the pickles or roasted red peppers, fresh herbs and coat in the cashew aioli. Best served chilled after all the flavors have had a chance to marry.
Veggie Potato Salad with Peas and Carrots
Make the Cashew Aioli Mayo:
- Soak the raw cashews in hot water for 20 minutes, drain then transfer to a powerful blender (I love my Vitamix for this) with the rest of the ingredients. Puree until fluffy and smooth on the smoothie setting. Refrigerate until needed.
Prepare the Salad:
- Peel the carrots and rinse them well together with the potatoes. Use a sharp knife and cut them into small dice. Transfer to a medium soup pot and cover with water. Add the bay leaves and a heavy pinch of sea salt then bring to a simmer. (You want the water to taste like sea water so the potatoes will be perfectly seasoned inside. Do not worry, all the extra salt will drain away just like when we cook pasta). Boil the potatoes and carrots until tender but not mushy. Drain in a colander, discard bay leaf and allow the veggies to dry off in their own steam for a few minutes.
- If using frozen peas just run them under some hot water to defrost for a minute or so or add them to the pot with the potatoes and carrots in the last minute of cooking. If using fresh green peas you can chose to steam them separately or cook them with the potatoes and carrots for a few minutes.
- Transfer the cooked potatoes, carrots and peas to a large mixing bowl together with the chopped cornichons (or roasted peppers). Drizzle with the aioli mayo and combine until all the veggies are coated well. Add in the fresh dill and adjust seasonings with sea salt and black pepper.
- Serve with a sprinkling of fresh chives or green onions on top.
- If you like to thin out the aioli you can do so by adding some of the pickling juice from the cornichons or roasted peppers.
- Don't want to make the cashew aioli ? No problem, use our classic homemade vegan mayo or use your favorite store bough mayo instead!