Serves 6 to 8
Total time: 1 hour || Active time: 15 minutes
Potato salad with a silky, creamy guac instead of mayo? Seriously. This is a favorite from Vegan Brunch, and I wanted to put it up for you just in case you’re looking for something a little different for your BBQ this Memorial Day. It’s ridiculously simple to make and beyond delicious.
The secret to the creaminess is a food processor. Prepare this as close to serving time as possible. It can sit for a couple of hours, but anything more than that and the avocado will brown.
2 lbs fingerling potatoes, cut into 3/4 inch chunks
2 tablespoons lime juice, from a lime or two
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
1 plum tomato, chopped
1 small red onion, diced small
1 smallish cucumber, diced very small
Scallions for garnish (optional)
Put potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Cover pot, bring water to a boil. Lower the heat to a rolling boil and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside to cool.
Once potatoes have cooled, prepare the dressing. Split the avocado in half, remove the seed and scoop the yumminess into the food processor. Add the lime juice and salt and puree until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed. Once smooth and creamy, add the tomato and onion. Pulse until they are incorporated but not completely blended. You should still be able to see the tomato and onion.
Put the potatoes and cucumbers in a large mixing bowl and mix them up. Add the dressing and mix well. Taste for salt and spice. Wrap tightly and chill until ready to use. Top with scallions, if you like.
Made this for a potluck. Had no regrets.
Made this for a pot luck at work and it was enormously popular. Since I was making it in advance, I kept the dressing in its own container, with a sheet of plastic wrap pressed down over the top, and then mixed everything together right at serving time. Delish! I wasn’t sure about the heat tolerance levels of folks so I left out the optional cayenne, but that definitely would have made it even tastier, so I will keep it in next time. Highly recommended! I’ve had to print 4 copies of the recipe in the last hour.
Delicious Thank you!
Made this for Mother’s Day brunch this past weekend to rave reviews! Absolutely delish!
Instead of cayenne pepper, if you like a kick, add a little bit of jalapeno to the dish. YUM.