Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fainting Couch Potato Salad

I swear before all the gods on Mount Olympus that I will post something other than salad recipes during my Greek-themed Vegan MoFo, but the weather remains so hot and humid that the idea of making (or even eating) anything above room temperature is distinctly unappealing. Then again, this is a really good potato salad, and it makes a nice change from more traditional mayonnaise-based versions, which may have lost some of their luster after a long, hot summer.

So I promise to be back with something more complicated - or at least warmer - once I'm feeling less languid. For the present, the fainting couch beckons, and the Elizavegan Month Of Salad Days continues!

Fainting Couch Potato Salad
~ 2 lbs. waxy potatoes (I used Yukon Gold)
~ ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
~ 1 red onion, sliced into thin quarter moons
~ 6 large scallions, sliced
~ 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
~ ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
~ 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
~ 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
~ 1 tsp. each: salt, basil, dill, oregano
~ ½ tsp. each: thyme, white pepper
~ 1 red bell pepper, diced
~ 1 heaping cup fresh parsley
~ 3/4 cup sliced black olives (optional)

~ Cook the potatoes until cooked but still a bit firm; cut into approximately 2" chunks and set aside to cool. (I made this on a really hot day, so I stabbed and microwaved them for 10 minutes.)
~ While the potatoes are chilling, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet, and cook the onion over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, until quite soft.
~ Add the scallions and garlic and cook another minute or so. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
~ When the onion mixture has cooled, stir in the lemon juice, vinegar, and dry seasonings and mix well; this is your dressing.
~ Place the cooled potatoes and diced bell pepper in a large bowl, and pour the dressing over them. Add the fresh parsley and olives (if using) and mix well, being careful not to break up the potatoes.
~ Cover and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours and serve cold.


  1. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog! You have an amazing writing style and I'm loving your salad recipes for Vegan MoFo! Can't wait to read more from you.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I hope you enjoy the recipes; the weather has actually cooled down a bit, so I really will be posting some recipes for *cooked* dishes later this week.