Potato salads are well loved favorites anytime of year, but I think especially during the hot summer months when most of us don’t feel like fussing too much over a hot stove. In addition, they are portable and easily transported to potlucks, barbecues or packed for a picnic. The advantage this particular creamy potato salad has for taking along for a gathering is that it’s dairy-free, so it won’t spoil in the heat, especially if packed into a cooler.
I originally was going to go with an oil-based dressing for this salad, but instead went with cashews for a burst of protein. The result was a creamy dressing with some olive oil, zesty fresh lemon juice, nutritional yeast for a bit of cheesy flavor, some almond milk to thin it out, some zingy mustard and fresh herbs. Combine this dressing with baby potatoes, fresh peas, plump and salty Kalamata olives and freshly torn fragrant basil leaves. You end up with a refreshing and filling salad for any occasion. I assure you the mayonnaise won’t be missed.
The only complaint from those who got to try the salad — “you should have doubled the recipe”!
This recipe was inspired by some samples I received of mustard from Maille Canada. They now have mustard available in convenient squeeze bottles. I’ve been purchasing Maille mustard for years in jar form and its silky texture and tart flavor never disappoints. A little goes a long way. I was also surprised to see how many different varieties of mustard the company offers. In addition to their traditional offerings, the selection of gourmet mustards are quite intriguing.
|Creamy Potato Salad with Cashew Dressing and Fresh Basil|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner
Published on July 20, 2016
Creamy potato and pea salad in a creamy cashew and mustard “mayonnaise” style dressing
Makes 6 servings
Other potato salads to enjoy this summer:
Vegan Potato and Asparagus Salad Dressed with Avocado
Indian-Style Potato and Pea Salad with Tamarind and Chat Masala
Potato and Green Bean Chaat Salad
Warm Baby Potato and Asparagus Salad