Enjoy a refreshing twist on a classic with this Nutrient-Dense Vegan Potato Salad. Made with crunchy radishes, crisp celery, carrots, and creamy vegan mayo-yogurt dressing, this salad is perfect for your next summer BBQ or picnic! Plus, it’s packed full of plant-based nutrients for a healthy, tasty dish.
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Savor the Season with Fresh Flowers
One of the highlights of this summer season was a visit to a local ‘you pick’ farm where I had a wonderful time picking flowers. These vibrant blooms added an aesthetic appeal to this dish. For me, this helps me have a more mindful eating experience. The colors from the flowers were hard to capture but beautifully complemented the vibrant radishes and green celery in the salad. Combining this was a feast for both the eyes and the palate.
If you are hoping to add more vegetables to your diet, this recipe is one way to pack in extra nutrients. There are many options to create this salad ergo this is also great for summer picnics. You can add as many other vegetables as you might like. And try different herbs as well.
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Radishes Are a Great Addition
By swapping out traditional ingredients with vegan alternatives, we can enjoy our favorite foods with fewer calories, less saturated fat, and more fiber. For instance, this vegan potato salad recipe replaces regular mayonnaise and yogurt with vegan versions, which not only cater to dietary preferences but also promote healthier cholesterol levels, and by adding yogurt, there are beneficial probiotics and less fat while still remaining creamy.
Incorporating seasonal vegetables not only brings a refreshing variety to our plates but also boosts the nutritional value of our meals, as these vegetables are often at their peak in terms of nutrient density.
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Let’s Add Fresh Herbs to this Salad
The addition of fresh basil to the salad lends more than just flavor. Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K, essential for our clotting cascades (so check with your medical team if you are taking blood-thinning medications), and also contains magnesium, which has many functions in the body.
It adds a pungent sweetness that pairs well with the tangy vegan mayo-yogurt dressing. These are flavors that I enjoy and I was fortunate to find some purple basil. It makes also for a candy-like appearance with the radishes.
Recipe: Nutrient Rich Vegan Potato Salad
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I chose to sprinkle some turmeric over the potato salad. This wonderful spice has been studied for its numerous health benefits, including its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric’s mild, earthy flavor doesn’t overpower the other ingredients, and its active compound curcumin is fat-soluble, making it pair well with the creamy dressing, thus optimizing its absorption. Be sure to add a little pepper as the piperine in it helps curcumin absorption as well.
The incorporation of these mindful choices into our meals helps us stay on the path of a balanced, nutrient-rich plant-forward lifestyle.
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Discover the joys of healthy eating with our nutrient-dense vegan potato salad, enriched with the crunch of seasonal vegetables and the vibrancy of fresh basil. The basil, packed with vitamin K and magnesium, beautifully complements the tangy vegan mayo-yogurt dressing, while the addition of turmeric offers a multitude of health benefits from anti-inflammatory properties to boosting brain function. This mindful recipe, inspired by a delightful visit to a local ‘you pick’ farm, is a perfect blend of taste and nutrition for those seeking a balanced, plant-based lifestyle. Experience this explosion of flavors and colors, making your meals not just a daily routine, but a feast for your palate and eyes. #VeganPotatoSalad #HealthyEating #SeasonalVegetables #BasilBenefits #TurmericBenefits #MindfulEating #PlantBasedLifestyle
1/2cup vegan mayonnaise (you can add more if needed)
1/2cup unsweetened vegan yogurt
1–2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4cup fresh basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Paprika for garnish (optional)
Tumeric for garnish (grated or fresh)
1. Scrub the potatoes clean, then cut them into 1-inch cubes. Place the cubed potatoes in a large pot and add enough water to cover them. Alternatively, you can boil whole potatoes and slice when done but the cooking time is longer.
2. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and let the potatoes simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until they are tender when pierced with a fork.
3. While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the other vegetables. Thinly slice the radishes and finely dice the celery. Set aside.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vegan mayonnaise, vegan yogurt, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon, salt, and pepper. This will be your dressing.
5. Once the potatoes are done, drain them well and let them cool for a few minutes.
6. After they have cooled, place the potatoes in a large bowl. Add the radishes, celery, and dressing to the bowl. Toss until everything is well-coated with the dressing.
7. Stir in the freshly chopped basil.
8. For the best flavor, cover the salad and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before serving, to let the flavors meld together. You can also make this salad a day in advance. If you take it on a picnic, it does need to be chilled.
9. Before serving, taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Sprinkle with paprika and/or turmeric. You can also add the turmeric directly to the dressing.
10. Serve cold or at room temperature (when ready to eat), and enjoy!
This salad is packed with nutrients from the potatoes, radishes, and celery, and it’s a great vegan alternative to traditional potato salad. Plus, it’s perfect for summer BBQs and picnics!
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