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Vegan Potato Salad

August 14, 2018

By Kath Dedon


A couple of weeks ago I used my Instant Pot to cook potatoes for a Vegan Potato Salad. Using the Instant Pot made it so quick and easy! We took the potato salad to a potluck party and brought back an empty bowl. Bob and I both loved it!

I doubled the ingredients in my All-American Potato Salad for Two, omitted the hard-cooked eggs, and used vegan mayonnaise to make it vegan. (I like Just Mayo vegan mayonnaise, which I can find at QFC and Safeway.)

Bob has mentioned at least a couple of times how much he liked the Vegan Potato Salad since I made it. I guess I’ll have to make it again soon. 😉


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Vegan Potato Salad

(Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe for All-American Potato Salad for Two)


(print the recipe)


Serves 6 – 8

Most of the ingredients for the dressing



2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces

1 cup water

2 tablespoons dill pickle juice

2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

½ cup vegan mayonnaise

2 small celery ribs, minced (about 2/3 cup)

3 tablespoons dill pickle relish

1 shallot, minced (about 4 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon celery seeds

½ teaspoon fine sea salt (or table salt)

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. Put the potatoes in a steamer basket in the Instant Pot. (A steamer basket makes it much easier to remove the cooked potatoes and to drain them, but if you don’t have one just put the potatoes in the pot.)


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2. Add the 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot; put the lid on and lock it in place. Make sure the pressure release handle is in the sealing position.

3. Select Manual. Set the time for 4 minutes at high pressure.


4 minutes - High pressure


4. When the 4 minutes of cooking time are up, use the Quick Release method to let the steam out.

5. Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Immediately pour the pickle juice and the vinegar over the warm potatoes. Stir gently and set them aside for about 20 minutes.


Pouring the pickle juice and vinegar over the warm potatoes

Vinegar and pickle juice


6. Make the dressing while the potatoes are cooling. Stir the mayonnaise, minced celery, pickle relish, minced shallot, minced parsley, dry mustard, celery seeds, salt, and pepper together.


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Dressing for vegan potato salad


7. After the potatoes have cooled for about 20 minutes, gently stir the dressing into the potatoes. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


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Vegan All-American Potato Salad - Copy


4 Comments leave one →
  1. bingingonabudget permalink
    August 14, 2018 4:02 pm

    Wow this recipe looks amazing. I love potato salad. Are there any other recipes on your blog I should try?

  2. August 17, 2018 5:17 am

    Love a good potato salad and love my Instant pot for cooking spuds. Vegan Mayo. Hum, I’ve never tried it. Does it taste different than regular mayo?

    • August 17, 2018 9:57 am

      I have found two brands that taste just like regular mayo: Just Mayo and Best Foods (or Hellman’s) Vegan.

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