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Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Although we absolutely love vegan king Bryant Terry's pesto potato salad, sometimes you want something a bit more traditional to take to a picnic. This recipe is adapted from the original Betty Crocker version, but we use Vegenaise instead of mayonnaise and add some pickle, celery seed and dill for an extra kick.

Be warned: This creates an extreme amount of potato salad. If you're making it as a side dish, be prepared to eat spuds for days.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 5-pound bag potatoes (russet or Yukon gold are best for this adaptation)

2-3 cups Vegenaise (this is the creamiest, most mayonnaise-like of all the vegan versions, in our experience)

1 red onion

3-4 stalks celery

9 baby dill pickles (or 2-3 full-sized) -- about 2/3 cup chopped

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2-3 tablespoons mustard

1/2 teaspoon dill

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

Salt, cracked black pepper and paprika to taste

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

1. Heat a large pot full of water -- you can either use a steamer basket or boil the potatoes directly in the water.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

2. Peel the potatoes.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Place the peeled potatoes in a medium to large bowl full of cool water so they don't brown while you chop them one by one.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Return them to the bowl after chopping into bite-sized pieces.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

When the potatoes are chopped and the water is boiling, add them to the steam basket or directly to the water if you're boiling. Cover and cook for 25 minutes or so, until they are fork-tender but still firm. Meanwhile, start preparing the dressing.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

3. Chop the celery into small pieces.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Finely chop the onion, too.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Chop the pickle, too (you can use relish if you prefer, or chop sweet pickles -- whatever is best for your tastes!).

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

When the potatoes are fork-tender but still hold their shape, it's time to turn off the stove.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Prepare a large bowl full of cold water.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Cool the potatoes in the water until they have stopped cooking and are cool enough to handle, then drain.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

4. Place the Vegenaise in a large bowl.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Add the celery, onion and pickle to the bowl.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Add the dill.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Measure out the celery seed into the bowl.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Add the apple cider vinegar (you can use white vinegar, too).

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Throw in the mustard.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Use your judgment with the salt, pepper and paprika.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

5. Mix the dressing together until thoroughly combined.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Add about a third of the cooked potatoes to the dressing.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Gently fold the potatoes into the dressing until they are coated.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Add another third of the potatoes and gently fold together.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Continue until you've gotten all the potatoes in the bowl.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Beautiful.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Dust with some extra paprika, if you like.

Traditional potato salad, vegan-style, for a cookout side dish on Meatless Monday

Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours, so the flavors can mingle.

Like any potato salad, this one begs for experimentation with proportions, spices and mix-ins. Try white or yellow onion instead of red, for example, and sweet pickles or relish instead of dill.



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