Vegan Warm Potato Salad Recipe with Spinach and Chickpeas

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I make it no secret that potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables: I cook them in different ways a few times a week, and I’ve featured a number of recipes with potatoes on my blog in the past. Today’s vegan warm potato salad recipe is quite simple, requires only one pan (less cleanup!), and is almost impossible to mess up!

Vegan warm potato salad with spinach and chickpeas - a mayo-free potato salad recipe

As you see, this is not your typical mayo-laden potato salad that’s usually served at barbecues and picnics. The absence of mayo makes for a simple yet elegant potato salad that can be used as a standalone dish or a versatile side.

In this recipe, potatoes are cooked with the rest of the ingredients in a hot skillet, and there’s no need to add any dressing at the end. The combination of fresh rosemary, basil and other spices brings all of the flavors together nicely.
Vegan warm potato salad recipe with spinach and chickpeas

I’ve been making a version of this potato salad for years, usually as a side for eggs before I went vegan. After the switch, I decided to experiment with the recipe to make it into a stand-alone meal that could work for lunch or even a light dinner. Well, ‘experiment’ is a strong word here: I mainly just threw in some chickpeas or black beans, and the dish came out great!

The experimentation continued with adding some fresh spinach to the pan just before taking it off the heat (shown on the pictures), or serving the potatoes on top of some torn-up kale leaves mixed with avocado and lime juice. Greens definitely complement the spiciness of the potatoes, and I like it how they slightly wilt under the warmth of the potatoes.Warm potato salad recipe - plant-based vegan mayo-free potato salad recipe

Fresh arugula is another type of greens that works great in this recipe. However, this warm potato salad recipe is very forgiving: if you don’t have arugula or spinach in the fridge, just omit them 🙂

I’ve listed oil spray as my preferred method of getting some cooking fat onto the pan in the recipe below, which works for folks who want to eat as little oil as possible.

At the same time, if you’re not concerned about oils, feel free to use regular pourable oil instead of the spray. My recent go-to has been avocado oil, but olive oil works just as well.
Warm potato salad recipe - plant-based vegan mayo-free potato salad recipe

The recipe below is highly customizable, as is the case with most of the recipes on my blog. You can use an entirely different spice combination, although I’m a big fan of adding fresh rosemary and basil. The former especially brings all of the ingredients together and makes the flavor stand out.

No fresh rosemary on hand? Dried is ok too, but you’ll need to add it earlier in the cooking.Warm potato salad recipe with spinach and chickpeas - a mayo-free vegan potato salad recipe

This potato salad works well with some crumbled tofu mixed into the potatoes instead of beans.

Yield: 2 servings

Vegan Warm Potato Salad Recipe

Vegan Warm Potato Salad Recipe

This vegan warm potato salad is made in a hot skillet, with vegetables and spices instead of mayonnaise. it makes a great side dish for any meal, or can be served on its own over some fresh greens.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium red potatoes, cubed into 1/2-inch pieces (can be left unpeeled)
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas or other beans
  • 1/3 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp red onion, chopped
  • 2-3 crimini mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • Handful fresh spinach or arugula leaves
  • Olive oil or avocado cooking spray

Spices:

  • 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped (optional)
  • Pinch cayenne (optional)
  • Salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed nonstick or cast iron pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add cubed potatoes, spray them with some more cooking spray, stir with a spatula to distribute them evenly over the pan, and cover with a lid.
  2. Cook for 8-10 min, stirring every 2-3 min to prevent the pieces from sticking to the pan. Meanwhile, chop onions, bell pepper and mushrooms.
  3. The potatoes are going to be almost done when they form a nice brown crust, and slide easily across the pan. If you pierce a piece with a fork, it should go in easily. At this point, add chickpeas, cover with a lid, and cook 2 min more.
  4. Remove the lid, add onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, salt and all of the spices except basil leaves. Cook another 2 min, stirring often.
  5. Stir in a handful of spinach or arugula leaves. As soon as they begin to wilt, take the pan off the heat.
  6. Serve immediately, sprinkled with chopped fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 570 Total Fat: 20g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 0mg Carbohydrates: 89g Fiber: 19g Sugar: 19g Protein: 20g
Please note that the provided nutritional information data is approximate.
Vegan warm potato salad recipe - vegan, gluten-free, mayo-free potato salad recipe

Question for you: Have you ever tried a warm potato salad before? What are your favorite potato dishes?

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About Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

Alina first made a switch to a vegan diet in 2013 to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. Being vegan eventually opened her eyes on the issues of animal welfare, environmental protection, human rights and feminism. Alina hopes that her blog will help its readers on their path to making this world a better place.

4 Responses to Vegan Warm Potato Salad Recipe with Spinach and Chickpeas

  1. Well that’s our dinner sorted! Thank you 🙂

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