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Healthy Vegan Potato Salad

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Hello, all! I am so excited about today’s post because 1) The recipe is AMAZING, and 2) I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY!!! That’s right, one lucky reader is going to get a copy of one of my most favorite and valuable cooking references – Herbs and Spices: A Cook’s Reference by Jill Norman. This book is a treasure trove of information not only about (you guessed it) herbs and spices, but on really how to season food properly. I’m of the opinion that fresh herbs and spices are some of the most underutilized natural sources of flavor for home cooks, and especially vegan cooks. Since we don’t rely on things like butter or cheese for flavor (and who needs ’em anyway!) we can easily fill in the gaps using spices and herbs – and end up with a fresher, more flavorful dish. So if you’ve ever wondered what za’atar is, or what herbs go really well with rosemary; or even just wanted to know more about basil – this book is for you. See more details for entering at the bottom of this post!

Now onto this potato salad. This isn’t your traditional, heavy, mayo-ridden potato salad. This salad is really the epitome of using herbs and spices successfully in vegan cooking (if I do say so myself), so much so that you’ll wonder why you ever went for traditional potato salad. Imagine crispy yet tender fingerling potatoes, baked with heady rosemary and piquant black pepper, tossed with a mouthwatering spinach salad coated in a mustardy apple cider vinaigrette. YUM. And not only will this salad wow your taste buds, it’s completely healthy made with whole food, plant-based ingredients. Now THIS is a potato salad I can stand behind.

Healthy Vegan Potato Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #salad
Healthy Vegan Potato Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #saladHealthy Vegan Potato Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #saladHealthy Vegan Potato Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #salad

Healthy Vegan Potato Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #salad
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Healthy Vegan Potato Salad

This healthy vegan potato salad is made without mayo, with roasted rosemary potatoes and served with spinach tossed in a mouthwatering vinaigrette.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 -3 as a side

Ingredients

Potatoes

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Fingerling or New Potatoes cut lengthwise
  • A Generous Glug of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2-3 Tbs
  • 1 1/2 Tbs Fresh Rosemary Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Pepper

Salad

  • 2 Big Handfuls Spinach 2-3 Cups
  • 1/3 Cup Roasted and Salted Sunflower Seeds

Vinaigrette

  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • Pinch of Salt + Pepper

Instructions

Potatoes

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Prep the potatoes by washing and drying them, then cutting them length wise.
  3. In a bowl, combine olive oil, chopped fresh rosemary, and salt and pepper with potatoes. Mix well until potatoes are evenly covered.
  4. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, space out potatoes evenly. I put all of mine on the baking sheet flat side down, but you can do whatever you like.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until tender but slightly crispy on the outside.
  6. Let cool while you prepare the salad.

Salad and Vinaigrette

  1. To make vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together with a whisk or a fork. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired (i.e. add more pepper or lemon).
  2. To make the salad, take a little bit of the vinaigrette and toss with the spinach and sunflower seeds. Keep adding vinaigrette until you've reached your desired amount. I used all of my vinaigrette, but you may like a more subtle dressing.

Putting it All Together

  1. In a large bowl, combine potatoes with spinach salad and mix well.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

Healthy Vegan Potato Salad | Well and Full | #vegan #salad

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65 Comments

  • Reply
    Tamara M.
    April 26, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I absolutely LOVE mint. It can bright up a salad, a smoothie or a dessert right away. I also loveeee zaatar, I put it on everything!
    That salad looks so good, I might whip it up for lunch after work today !

    Thank you for the amazing giveaway ! xx

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

      I love mint too!! It’s such an underrated herb! And za’atar is the best ;)

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    Karlie
    April 26, 2016 at 9:42 am

    My favorite’s are basil and rosemary.. depending on the recipe/time of year. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Great choices!! :D

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    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    April 26, 2016 at 10:16 am

    This potato salad is EXACTLY as what I’d like to eat. And my favourite herb is definitely Italian basil!

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      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Italian basil is so great, especially in the summer with corn!! :D

  • Reply
    Katrina
    April 26, 2016 at 10:51 am

    These potatoes sound SO good!! I can never get enough of potatoes at home like this!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Katrina!! :D

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    April 26, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Can I say every? Hahaha! My spice cabinet is my pride and joy! But my top 3 are always Cinnamon, Smoked Paprika, and Turmeric!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 11:44 am

      “Every” is definitely an option ;) And smoked paprika is at the top of my list too! :D

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    Frances
    April 26, 2016 at 11:26 am

    My most favourite of many herbs is tarragon, fresh from the garden. Spices are more difficult. I think maybe paprika, although I also use ginger a lot to add heat to things because I can’t eat chilli

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Tarragon is such a beautiful herb! And I think paprika is a great way to add a little heat to things, but not too much :)

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    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    April 26, 2016 at 11:58 am

    My tummy is rumbling, Sarah! What a scrumptious potato salad with those buttery fingerling potatoes, dressing and herbs! I am a potato salad hound, especially during Summer, so this one is going on my must make list! I had no idea Jill’s book.. what a terrific giveaway! My Vegetarian Flavor Bible is always opened, but I’ve been curious about spices and herbs as this isn’t throughly covered in the flavor bible. Thank you for this recipe and opportunity! Delicious!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      I love potato salad in the summer too!! :D And thanks girl!! <3

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    Heather
    April 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Right now, I’m all about the mint — partly because it’s overtaking the garden, and partly because it’s a vibrant, light, nutritious addition to spring dishes! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      I LOVE mint!! It works so well in savory and sweet applications!! :D

  • Reply
    paige c
    April 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I love basil and mint!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Awesome choices!! :D

  • Reply
    Cara | Street Smart Nutrition
    April 26, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    YUM! That mustard flavor sounds amazing and the food photography on this is gorgeous! Will have to make this for our next pot lock, no doubt it would be a hit!

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      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you so much Cara!! :D

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    Natalie | Feasting on Fruit
    April 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    My goodness Sarah, I have no idea how you can make potatoes look so sexy! Potato salad is one of my absolute favorite dishes, this is such a beautiful version. I’m terrible with knowing my savory herbs and spices, this book sounds like exactly what I need!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Haha thank you Natalie!!

  • Reply
    Danelle
    April 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    My Favourite is cinnamon!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Great choice! Cinnamon is so good!! :D

  • Reply
    Eri
    April 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I would love to make this recipe with the Rosemary from my garden. Thank you for sharing the recipe:)

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      You’re welcome!! And thanks for stopping by, Eri!! :D

  • Reply
    Sarah
    April 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I love fenugreek! It smells just like maple syrup~

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      I know, it’s such a delicious scent!! :D

  • Reply
    danielle // rooting the sun
    April 26, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    sarah, herby potatoes are pure comfort for me! absolutely beautiful book you’re sharing – i’m completely invested in having a serious herb garden this year, and i’m very excited to explore favorites, old and new. – – on a side note, i checked out your pretty face on NOM and you’re great. xo

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Awww thank you Danielle! I’m working on my herb garden this year too and loving every second of it :)

  • Reply
    Jacky
    April 26, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Smoked paprika, za’atar, hawaj spice, and berbere spice!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Oooh very exotic choices, I love it!! I’ve actually never heard of hawaj, I’m going to go look it up now!! :)

  • Reply
    Evi @ greenevi
    April 27, 2016 at 1:27 am

    What a wonderful salad! So summery and beautiful! I have to make it next time when we have a barbecue. Pinned :)
    I really can’t tell you what’s my favourite spice, I simply love way too many! However the last 2 weeks I literally put dill on everything :D

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Thanks Evi!! And dill is such a great herb for spring dishes!! :D

  • Reply
    Heather
    April 27, 2016 at 9:17 am

    This potato salad looks so good!! I can’t stand the regular stuff covered in mayo. This one looks light, refreshing and delicious and I m glad to hear about you herb book. I definitely underutilize herbs and I and am anxious to learn more! I’m planting a little herb garden this summer and hope to learn more ways to incorporate them. Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Thank you, Heather!! I’m glad you like the lighter, mayo-free approach too :)

  • Reply
    Susan
    April 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Well, this is such a hard question! I love them all….considering I lovingly run a beautiful Herb shop in Winnsboro, Texas!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Wow that’s amazing!! I love garden and herb shops!! What’s the name of your business?

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        Susan
        April 27, 2016 at 11:05 am

        StarDragonfly Herb Company. The shop has hundreds of teas (black, herbal, medicinal, etc.), hundreds of herbs and spices for cooking and medicinal use. We teach classes and have events and support farmers market. I do not do a lot on the website, would rather garden.

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          Sarah
          April 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

          That’s awesome!! If I’m ever in Texas, I will be sure to check out your shop!! :)

  • Reply
    Susan
    April 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Would love to have you visit!

  • Reply
    jacquie
    April 27, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    hard question in deed as I have a couple – cardamom, rosemary, thyme to name a few

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Awesome choices! :D

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    Keith @ How's it Lookin?
    April 27, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I gotta try this. Rosemary potatoes are my favorite, thanks for the idea

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      You’re welcome!! I love rosemary potatoes too! :D

  • Reply
    Roseanne
    April 27, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    My favorite is definitely smoked paprika! :) Mild enough to add to many things, but still remains flavorful :D

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Smoked paprika is right up there with my top favorites too! I love how it adds a hint of smokey flavor and a bit of spice!! :D

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    Dana O
    April 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Cinnamon! I think it goes well with everything.

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Great choice!! I love cinnamon in anything baked – cookies, breads, you name it ;)

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    Marla
    April 27, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I put Turmeric in everything!!

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      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Awesome choice!! And so good for you too! :D

  • Reply
    Heather S
    April 27, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Cilantro is my FAV <3

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      Sarah
      April 27, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      I love cilantro too!! It just makes everything taste fresh! :D

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    Alexandra
    April 29, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Yum, this is so pretty and springlike! Aren’t fingerling potatoes just the greatest?

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      Sarah
      April 30, 2016 at 8:58 am

      They are!! So easy to cook and so delicious!! :D

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    Jessie Snyder
    April 29, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    This is so vibrant and beautiful Sarah! I hope you’re having a gorgeous week :)

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 30, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Aww thanks Jessie! <3 Hope you're having a lovely week as well :)

  • Reply
    Samantha
    April 29, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I love Zaatar in my cooking.

    • Reply
      Sarah
      April 30, 2016 at 8:57 am

      I LOVE za’atar! Great choice!! :D

  • Reply
    Molly
    April 30, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    So many favorites! Cilantro, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, rosemary, Himalayan pink salt!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      May 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

      All amazing choices!! :D

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    Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow
    April 30, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Looks gorgeous! Herbs are always a cook#s best friend!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      May 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

      They definitely are!! :D

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    Liv Lively
    May 25, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Absolutely love this! Im seriously obsessed with your blog lately. I hope it’s ok that i mentioned this blog in an article about living mindfully on my blog? :) http://www.livlively.co.uk/2016/05/25/7-ways-mindfulness-can-change-your-life/
    If not, I’ll take it down immediately!
    Thanks for the lovely post, I cant wait to try it!

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