Creamy Roasted Potato Salad


Earth Day is quickly followed up by National Picnic Day. A bit early in the year for picnics I would think, but perhaps it was scheduled as a gentle reminder to get outdoors and enjoy the earth! Regardless, I’m not the best at planning ahead with recipes, so I’ve taken this opportunity to be ahead of the game by creating a roasted potato salad recipe for your upcoming picnic needs – though we thought it was a pretty tasty side dish to enjoy year round! It’s tasty both warm and cold.

Creamy Roasted Potato Salad Recipe - Vegan

I started with a delicious recipe idea from Ina Garten, but decided to take a different cooking approach for more flavor, hence the roasted potato salad name. I also added my own special ingredients and reduced the mayo and overall dressing to keep from overwhelming those yummy vegetables (yes, plural – carrot offers delicious contrast and flavor!). If you want to cut the fat even more, try substituting part of the mayo with unsweetened or plain dairy-free yogurt. I would omit the sugar in this case.

The creamy texture in this roasted potato salad is created with a mixture of mayo (vegan and soy-free such as Vegenaise for special diet needs), unsweetened coconut milk beverage (this is my preferred choice due to richness and flavor), and zesty Dijon mustard. The result is an eggless potato salad that we love far better than the pre-packaged grocery store variety. In fact, my picky niece who hates potato salad gave it a “pretty good” – I’ll take it. Tony and I devoured it – we loved the richness and bold but bright flavors.

Though the recipe was dreamed up and executed in my kitchen, this picnic day idea was brought to me by So Delicious Dairy Free, and is being shared in honor of their big recipe contest! For a discount on their vegan yogurt, non-dairy milk, or ice cream, get a So Delicious Coupon

Creamy Roasted Potato Salad
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I like to add carrots to my potato salad for both color and their lightly sweet flavor contrast. If your crowd doesn't love this orange veggie, try subbing parsnips - their color and flavor will blend more with the potatoes. This recipe was created in my kitchen, and is sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free.
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • 1-1/2 lbs potatoes (I use Yukon gold, unpeeled), cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
For the Potatoes:
  1. Preheat your oven to 425ºF.
  2. Put the potatoes and carrots on a baking sheet and toss with the oil and salt. Once thoroughly coated, spread them out - it is best if they aren't touching one another - for just a wee bit of breathing room.
  3. Roast for 35 to 45 minutes, turning them about half way through, or until they are tender and just slightly golden. Note that they may not brown as easily during high humidity.
  4. Let potatoes cool for 15 minutes.
For the Dressing:
  1. While the potatoes are cooking, whisk together the mayo, coconut milk beverage, mustard, dill, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Whisk in the celery and onion.
  3. Once the potatoes and carrots have cooled, combine them with the dressing in a large bowl until thoroughly coated. Enjoy warm or cover and chill until ready to eat. The flavors will meld a little with some resting time.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  3. I need a vegan salad for a Derby party I’m going to on Saturday. I’ll be the only vegan there so I gotta make something yummy for me that will wow all the omnis as well! I think this is just what I’ve been looking for.

  4. Roasted potato salad? I am in! Love hearing that a picky teenager likes them too. Don’t you just love whole grain mustard? It’s always my first pick, especially for salads.

  5. Was trying to see the recipe on my iPhone and clicked on “Get the App”. I was redirected to a “dating” website called “Be Naughty”. Has the mobile version of your site been hijacked?

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