Why do we love vegan potato salad so much? Three good reasons: we all used to love it growing up, it brings back memories of good times, and, it’s just so incredibly tasty! And it’s the perfect combination of two essential food groups: potatoes and salads. This dairy-free and egg-free potato salad recipe will completely floor you with fantastic flavor, as well as bringing back the cheeriest of childhood vibes.
It’s creamy, super satisfying, and so easy as a “bring-along” dish to any barbecue, garden party, picnic, or potluck. Plus, it’s even more delicious the next day. A summer plate wouldn’t be perfect without an authentic American potato salad.
So fellow potato lovers, are you ready to make this ap-peeling recipe? Spudtacular!
It will come as no surprise that the spud takes the stage as the potato salad superstar. While it’s possible to substitute other veggies for the plain potato, nothing comes quite as perfect as this ravishing root vegetable. This tempting team of powerful plant foods is top notch!
Everyone needs a great go-to potato salad recipe, and we hope this will become yours. Here are just a few reasons why…
1. It’s Easy-peasy! – When you have to go somewhere and need to prepare something in advance you really want to keep it simple and uncomplicated, right? Apart from boiling potatoes, this recipe has no other lengthy or complicated steps. Just boil, peel and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Voila!
2. It’s a Perfect Side – This filling vegan potato salad makes a great companion to other yummy vegan mains. A fantastic side for a vegan burger, vegan hot dogs, or some plant-based sausages. What about eating alongside (or on top of) a green salad? So many options. Hard to choose, right? Why not try them all?
3. It’s Budget-Friendly – You can make a big batch of this vegan potato salad using very inexpensive ingredients. A 5-pound bag of potatoes is super affordable, and we always have (most likely!) some vegan mayo in our fridge anyway. As if that was not budget-friendly enough, this salad keeps in the fridge for up to a week! Weekly lunches sorted!
4. It’s Gluten-free – For those who suffer from gluten intolerance or sensitivities, this salad is the total winner! Potatoes mean no gluten and also lots of nutrients. Perfect! And don’t miss our other gluten-free vegan recipes to go with it.
5. It’s Versatile – This easy to follow recipe with simple ingredients allows you to get creative and let your inspiration run wild! You can use different herbs like parsley or dill. Or you could try sweet potatoes or mixed white and sweet and have a super colorful vegan potato salad!
The thing we love most about potato salad is that it’s not only awesome on its own, but even better when it’s paired with a plate of plant-based food. Here are our favorite tips and tricks for making the most out of this downright delicious dish:
While we think this savory spud salad is already sensational, there’s always room for improvement or improvisation. We came up with a few suggestions for making this salad your very own:
Mayo Not Your Main Squeeze? No problem! If you want to make it a bit lighter, you can use less vegan mayo and dilute with water or soy milk. You can tweak your version to your liking! Perfect, right? Feel free to use avocado, hummus, pesto, vegan sour cream, tahini, or dairy-free yogurt instead.
You Could Do Without Dill? Totally fine. Other herbs that would work well in this recipe are chives, tarragon, basil, parsley, or fennel.
Add in veggies! You can ramp up the nutrition in your potato salad by adding in other veggies like string beans, green peas or sliced red pepper! You may want to add in a bit more mayonnaise to compensate for the extra ingredients.
Say So-Long to Spuds! If you just don’t like potatoes (eek!) or need to cut carbs, try using chunks of zucchini, cauliflower, english cucumber, or even steamed carrots or turnips! Follow the recipe the exact same way, except swap out the potatoes for one of these veggie variations.
Longing for Low-Fat Options? You can easily use alternatives to vegan mayonnaise if you are particularly craving this potato dish and need to lower the fat in your diet. Simply substitute mayo for a low-fat, plant-based plain yogurt, tangy mustard, or a zesty vinegar in its place.
The Perfect Pickle Pairing? Go wild and add a few different types of pickles to this recipe. Instead of the classic dill, peruse the pickle aisle and choose bread & butter, sweet or sour pickle relish, gherkins, cornichons, or make your own refrigerator pickled veggies!
Are you salivating over this vegan potato salad? Better put those potatoes into the pot ASAP!
The basic principle is the firmer the better! The best choices for potatoes are the red and Yukon Gold, which keep their shape and texture for easy mixing and serving. So keep your eyes open if you see them on sale during the summer.
You can pretty much use any type of potato you fancy, but the starchier type tends to get too mushy when cooked and the waxy-skinned styles are better for sliced potatoes. It’s completely up to you!
Great question! American potato salad usually uses mayo in the recipe and is served cold. German potato salad is mixed with vinegar and is served warm.
The main reason that potato salad is not considered “healthy” is because of the higher fat content of mayonnaise. Because we use vegan mayo (without eggs), it’s cholesterol-free and is not as high in saturated fats it would be if it were made with eggs.
Definitely. Instead of vegan mayo, you can use red or white vinegar, low-fat dairy-free yogurt, mustard, hummus, or an avocado.
Whether summer is in session, you’re prepping for the 4th of July or Memorial Day, or you’re just feeling the itch to fire up the grill, World of Vegan has you covered with dozens of vegan barbecue recipes that are perfect for sunny outdoor eats. Here are a few of our favorites.
Did you try this recipe? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!
Best Vegan Potato Salad recipe photos by Kathy Chrzaszcz for World of Vegan. Article written by Gina House and Kathy Chrzaszcz. Vegan dill potato salad recipe and photographs copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved.
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Such a perfect potato salad! You nailed that classic flavor. I’m brining this to all the summer cookouts!
Isn’t it delicious? Totally agree with the classic flavor 🙂
I love chives in my potato salad. So good.
Me, too! Especially fresh garden chives 😀
I love potatoes and to make this creamy salad really hit the spot. I had this for the week and loved it every time
Thank you for reminding me to prep another batch this week! 😀
This looks great, excited to give it a try for our next Summer party.
Let us know how you like it!
Such a classic! Perfect for summer bbq!
It really is such a great side for any summer bbq. It’s always a winner 😀
I’ve tried a lot of vegan potato salad recipes and this is the best!!
Yay! So glad that you shared this with us!
I finally made this last night. It was very good last night, but today, after all the flavors melded together, it is amazing!
Yes! I’ve definitely found the same thing. Something magical happens in overnight for sure! 😀
I love potatoes (especially Yukon Gold or Japanese Sweet!) and I used to LOVE my grandma’s potato salad recipe. It’s amazing how close this comes to her creamy, heavenly recipe! I could literally eat this entire recipe myself in one sitting – lol. You really have to try this!
When you leave them in the pan with the lid on for a few hours, is the water drained first?
With the water still in the pan 🙂
I like to know this as well
I used the Yukon Gold potatoes for the first time with delicious results. The texture was perfect. We have a potato lover over here who thoroughly enjoyed!
This is such a perfect side to a hearty veggie burger, and a great dish to share at potlucks, picnics, and barbecues. Can’t wait to make it again!