potato salad


we’re gearing up for memorial day weekend over here, aka the unofficial start of summer! i’m still not sure how it works here in LA, but back where i grew up on the east coast, pools and beaches open this weekend, and you can reliably count on warm, sticky weather until about mid-september. it also marks grilling season! and even though it’s been chilly, cloudy, and sometimes rainy here in los angeles, frank bought a small grill which just feels like we’re making a bigger commitment to cooking at home on the weekends, while also settling into our space and making it more “us” since moving in over a year ago. i’m so excited about the grill though, and since it’s not charcoal, i feel more confident to get out there and use it myself. i’m already conjuring up a bunch of recipes, i’ll share them when i do!

but memorial day weekend is also the unofficial/official start to potato salad season. if you’re familiar with my site, then you know i have quite a few potato recipes on here. around this time last year i shared a recipe for these salty smashed potatoes, and since then i’ve made a few different iterations of them. my favorite being a smashed potato salad. this one’s kind of a deconstructed potato salad as the potatoes aren’t completely smothered in a sauce/dressing (although you could totally toss it all together), rather they’re drizzled with a punchy, creamy garlicky vinaigrette, and sprinkled with sharp but sweet pickled red onions. it is by far my favorite potato salad yet! the potatoes are perfectly crunchy on the outside, and velvety on the inside. and if you’re a fan of traditional german potato salad, then you will dig this vinaigrette - at its’ base is plant-based yogurt mixed with apple cider vinegar, good dijon, olive oil, and few other pantry staples that really bring everything together. it’s the perfect, perfect side dish to bring to a bbq, serve alongside your summer meals, and while they’re best when straight out of the oven, the whole dish does make for pretty delicious leftovers.

be on the lookout this sunday, i have an announcement that i’ll be sharing with you all that i’m pumped about! until then, make this potato salad! ;)


crispy smashed potatoes w/ garlicky yogurt vinaigrette & pickled onions | v & gf

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  • new potatoes or baby potatoes yield the creamiest smashed potato. if you can, try to find fresh potatoes at a local market or baby potatoes at your grocer.

  • i use avocado oil spray here and it makes all the difference in even crisping. brushing it on from a bottle will give the potatoes a bit of a different flavor profile and goes on a bit thicker. if you don’r have avocado oil spray, then i suggest using an olive oil spray.

  • if you are not opposed to dairy, simply substitute the plant based yogurt for greek yogurt.

  • both the pickled red onions and vinaigrette recipes make extra. i like using the extra onions on salads, to top tacos or fajitas, etc. the extra vinaigrette can be used as a dip for sliced veggies or roasted sweet potatoes, i’ve also used it in chicken salad which was so good!

| serves 4-6 |

  • salt

  • 2 pounds baby potatoes

  • avocado oil spray

  • flaky salt

  • roughly 1/4 cup pickled red onions (recipe below)

  • roughly 1/2-3/4 cup garlicky yogurt (recipe below)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped herbs (i favor a mix of chives, parsley, and dill)

pickled onions (makes extra)

  • 1 cup filtered water

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

garlicky yogurt vinaigrette (makes extra)

  • 1 cup plant-based unsweetened yogurt (i use kite hill greek-style unsweetened yogurt)

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

  • 1 clove garlic, grated over a microplane or minced

  • fine salt & fresh pepper


  1. to a large pot, add a fat pinch salt and the potatoes. cover the potatoes with water, and bring to a boil. cover, and lower heat to a simmer. let the potatoes cook until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 15 minutes. drain potatoes and let them cool until ready to handle.

  2. preheat oven to 450°F and prepare 2 baking sheet with parchment paper, and spray each one with a thin coating of avocado oil. one by one, place the potatoes on the baking sheets, and using the bottom of a large glass, press down lightly and smash them. repeat with all the potatoes. spray the tops and sides with more avocado oil, and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. cook for roughly 20 minutes, until tops are lightly golden, then flip the potatoes over. place back in the oven and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until edges are golden and crispy. remove from oven and let cool for roughly 10 minutes.

  3. place potatoes on a large platter or a large shallow bowl. drizzle over the garlicky yogurt vinaigrette, and add the pickled onions. if you want, give everything a light toss, just to cover the potatoes (add more vinaigrette, if needed), and top with the chopped herbs. serve immediately.

  4. make the pickled onions. in a bowl, whisk together the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt until everything has dissolved. place the sliced onions in a jar and cover with the pickling solution. cover with the lid and store in your refrigerator for up to 1 week.

  5. make the vinaigrette. in a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oil, vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, and garlic. season with salt and pepper. taste and adjust if necessary. vinaigrette can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

more potato recipes:

roasted fingerling potato salad w/ romesco sauce & herby black quinoa

roasted fingerling potato salad w/ romesco sauce & herby black quinoa

warm fingerling potatoes w/ garlic -turmeric sauce

warm fingerling potatoes w/ garlic -turmeric sauce

salty smashed potatoes w/ harissa yogurt

salty smashed potatoes w/ harissa yogurt

Creamy Horseradish Potato Salad w/ Pickled Shallots & Dill | Vegan by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

if there were ever a kind of food i could just eat, and eat, and eat, i would say that california fare would be my everyday go-to.  it almost seems like you can taste the difference in the food that restaurants prepare, as if their ingredients haven't been flown in from thousands of miles away, but grown only a few miles from where their destination would end up being.  i feel like there's a natural ease to the way dishes are made -  a simplicity that's complex, but uncomplicated. 

during my last trip there a couple of months ago i scored reservations at gjelina.  after purchasing their cookbook months prior, all i wanted to do was go there and eat from their menu!  and since my sister-in-law and i were both pregnant, it was the perfect time to indulge in some perfectly made veg-centric appetizers and some bites of their insanely delicious pizza.  we started off with a few salad apps: summer squash with za'atar and tomatoes, roasted yams with yogurt and scallions, and my fave - a horseradish potato salad with pickled red onions that was off the chain!  

you may have noticed that i have a thing for potato salad (seen here and here), but there's a very specific potato salad that really makes my tastebuds grin, and that's a mildly creamy, kinda tangy, and crunchy potato salad.  this time around i riffed gjelina's version and made an everyday, vegan version made with cultured coconut yogurt flavored with a pungent kick of horseradish, some good dijon and dill.  and paired with pickled shallots for some mega crunch and sharp flavor.  it comes close to one my mom used to prepare in the summer months which had a similarly acidic undertone using mayo, dijon, vinegar, and red onion, but i would say this version here is even better - that horseradish and those crunchy shallots are just too good!  

this is the kind of food (pregnant or not) that i crave on the regular - especially during the warm summer months when we're bbq'n, packing up for a beach day, or bringing dishes to friends or family get togethers.  these simple, uncomplicated summer dishes are what i look so forward to! i hope you do as well :)


*oh!  and don't forget to stop by every friday for my new summer blog series: summer fridays! this week i'm going to be sharing my go-to fancy (but not really fancy) mocktail that i've been surviving on in lieu of popping bottles of rosé.  but for those of you who are not growing a tiny human, the recipe is totally adaptable for making it good and boozy ;)   

creamy horseradish potato salad w/ pickled shallots & dill | v

adapted from gjelina: cooking from venice california

the pickled shallots can be replaced by thinly shaved shallots or red onion, but if you have the ingredients and time, i think the pickling is well worth it.

| serves 4 |

  • 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, cut in half
  • fine sea salt

pickled shallots

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-5 shallots, sliced thin 
  • 3 thyme sprigs

horseradish sauce

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cultured coconut yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • fine sea salt & fresh pepper


  1. place potatoes and a few pinches of salt in a pot and cover with about 1-inch of water.  bring to a boil, cover and turn heat to low, simmer for 12-15 minutes, until potatoes are firm but tender.  drain potatoes and rinse under cold water to stop them from cooking.  spread them out on a dish towel and allow them to cool and dry.
  2.  make the pickled shallots. combine the water,vinegar, sugar, salt, peppercorns, and bay leaf in a small pot. bring to a boil, then lower heat and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. while the vinegar mixture is simmering, place the shallots and thyme in a large heat-proof glass jar (like a Ball jar), then pour the brine over top and let it sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before using, or up to 1 month in the fridge.
  4. make the sauce.  whisk together the yogurt, dill, mustard, horseradish, and salt and pepper to taste.  
  5. in a large bowl, combine the potatoes, sauce, and about 1/4 cup of pickled shallots.  toss to coat evenly.  garnish with extra dill and/or nasturtium leaves. 

more potato recipes:

warm fingerling potato salad w/ garlic-turmeric sauce

warm fingerling potato salad w/ garlic-turmeric sauce

roasted fingerling potato salad w/ romesco & herby black quinoa

roasted fingerling potato salad w/ romesco & herby black quinoa

chickpea flour flatbread w/ new potatoes & basil

chickpea flour flatbread w/ new potatoes & basil

roasted fingerling potato salad w/ romesco + herby black quinoa by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

some things that i'm into:

  1. my mom's saturday csa box from blue hill at stone barns
  2. FermUp
  3. this new-to-me store 
  4. each and every one of these images 
  5. Pure Green Magazine's #PGMinseason project is still underway, check out my homegirls claire and laura's inspiring and beautiful posts! 

speaking of said csa box, my mom is not so into peppers.  she has given me a total of probably 3 pounds of them in the past 2 weeks.  shy of just giving them away to pepper-hungry neighborhood folk, i've made a lot of romesco sauce, and i've got this harissa, and this muhammara on a serious to-make list.  i'm also wondering if bell peppers can be frozen for a later date...?  i'm assuming so, but i would love if anyone had any helpful tips here :)  

so, because of the monumental amounts of peppers in my possession, and because my husband went shopping at the farmers' market and bought double the amount of potatoes, we have this potato + romesco salad (of sorts) today!  most times throughout the year i'm a sweet potato girl, but these couple of yummy spud-filled months have my heart (and tummy), and therefore potato salad.  as i've mentioned in the past, this summer tater salad is delicious and has been on serious rotation; and as hard as it was not making it this time around, i knew romesco was necessary!  i used basically what i had on hand, which included hazelnuts in place of blanched almonds, and an herby quinoa toss for texture and a bit of protein.  definitely a respectable meal on its own, but also an awesome picnic-y side!

happy september, lovely people! xo

roasted fingerling potato salad w/ romesco + herby black quinoa (v + gf)

| serves 4 |

you can definitely substitute larger potatoes, just cut them into quarters or eighths and roast from there.  you can also sub the hazelnuts for blanched almonds, or maybe pine nuts? and the black quinoa can totally be replaced with whatever grain you have on hand.


  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes, scrubbed and dried
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • large grain sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup black quinoa, rinsed
  • big pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (plus more for garnishing)
  • 1/4 cup romesco sauce

romesco sauce

  • 2 small-medium bell peppers, roasted, skins removed and seeded
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons toasted hazelnuts, skins removed (plus more chopped hazelnuts for garnishing)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • coarse sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (or freshly ground pepper to taste)


romesco sauce

  • in a food processor, combine roasted red peppers, garlic, hazelnuts, olive oil, vinegar, a couple pinches of salt, and a pinch of cayenne.  blend ingredients stopping every few seconds to scrape down sides and checking for seasoning until creamy.  place in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use

roasted potatoes

  • preheat oven to 375° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
  • in a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt + pepper; spread evenly onto baking sheet.  place in the center of your oven for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes for even roasting. remove from oven and set aside

herby quinoa

  • while potatoes are roasting, make the quinoa.  combine quinoa with 1/2 cup water and a big pinch of salt;  cook for about 15-17 minutes. once water has absorbed, remove from heat and set aside.  in a serving bowl, mix the quinoa and the chopped parsley.  add the potatoes and the romesco sauce; check for seasoning and garnish with more chopped parsley and chopped hazelnuts

serve + enjoy!