Potato Salad is one of those dishes that people have a strong set of opinions on. It usually has to do with how they had it growing up. I don’t really remember my mother making Potato Salad but I do remember having it at Church Pot Luck dinners and other group events. Where I grew up the “mayo” was really Miracle Whip which I still don’t understand the miracle of it, it’s not even Vegan!
For this recipe I did not peel the potatoes. You can but it’s a matter of preference plus you can be lazy and say it’s good for you since there are loads of good vitamins in the skins! Also you really shouldn’t worry about cutting the potatoes uniformly as different sized pieces will help with the creaminess of the dish, but obviously you don’t want the pieces to big or it’s hard to eat. Try not to overcook the potatoes or they fall apart when you mix in the other ingredients. In this recipe, the Cashew Cream acts as the “mayo”. I used 1/2 Cup but then added 1 Tablespoon more because I felt it needed a bit more moisture. As for the Salt- this is again a personal issue. I added about 1 1/2 teaspoons at the very end. Remember that the Capers and Relish have saltiness so be sure to taste before you add (and take a big bite so you get a good taste!), start with a little and add as needed. Potato Salad, like many things, is usually better on day 2 so make it ahead of time.
Yields Approx. 5 Cups
- 2 lbs Potatoes (combo of red & gold) diced
- 1/4 Cup scallion, sliced
- 1/2 Cup Cashew Cream (see Recipe in Pantry)
- 1 Tablespoon Chopped Jalapeno Peppers (Jarred, deli style)
- 3 Tablespoons Capers, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
- 3 Tablespoons Sweet Relish
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, Chopped
- Salt to taste
- Dice the Potatoes (*see Pro tip), then boil until a fork can pierce them (do not over cook). Drain and spread on baking sheet(s) and allow to cool completely (you can do this a day ahead .
- Mix the remaining ingredients together. Gently fold the potatoes into the Cashew cream. Adjust the seasoning and serve.
*Pro Tip: Dice the potatoes in different sizes- this will make it so the smaller ones get crushed up a bit during the mixing process and helps with creaminess.