Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Potato salad with vegan mayo

vegan side dishes for BBQ

This week (27 May- 2 June 2019) is a BBQ week. Many families will be having casual get-togethers and inviting neighbours and friends. Judging by the frequent smell of the burnt meat wafting indoors, our neighbours have already been firing up their BBQs regularly.
We don't have a BBQ that often, in fact we haven't had any this year so far. But as it's a midterm break, I hope we could have friends over for a casual meal at the weekend.
It will be a mix of meat-eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians.

One of my top favourite foods at any BBQ is a humble potato salad. This easy side dish is delicious, and goes well with most BBQed foods.
I don't need an excuse to make a potato salad. It's one of my favourite foods, and I'm happy to eat it, BBQ or not.

In this recipe I'm going to use two of the products which were delivered in the latest Degustabox - Kühne whiskey cornichons and a Hellmann's vegan mayo.
None of us are vegans, but I was very curious to try the vegan mayo.
I'm not a fan of vegan cheese (I tried many varieties and was mostly underwhelmed), but I enjoy some of the vegan milk alternatives.
One of the potato salad recipes that I tend to make has eggs, but since I'm making a vegan salad, they were left out.

vegan BBQ side dishes

Potato salad with vegan mayo
6 + medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh dill
8+ mini cornichons
1 tbsp mustard
1/2 tsp caster sugar
2 tbsp pickle liquid (from cornichons)
4-5+ heaped tbsp mayo

The basic steps for making a potato salad are the same whether it's a vegan or non-vegan version.
Peel and quarter potatoes, and cook them in salted boiling water or steam until soft (but not mushy, don't overcook them). Let them cool down, before chopping into smaller chunks.
Chop the celery stalks and cornichons.
Make the dressing by mixing together mustard, caster sugar, pickle liquid and mayo. If you cooked the potatoes in the steamer, you might want to add salt to the dressing.
Mix the potatoes with celery, cornichons and dressing. Chop some fresh dill and scatter over the top.

vegan potato salad

What did we think of Hellmann's vegan mayo? I was pleasantly surprised at how creamy and tasty it is.
It's definitely a perfect alternative to a dairy-based mayo.

vegan mayo

Kühne whiskey cornichons are crunchy and delicious. A lovely treat for all fans of pickles. I haven't tried them before, but I did buy a jar of Kühne gin cornichons recently in Ocado. Both flavours are great. Any dull cheese sandwich will benefit from this tasty addition.

Have you tried this vegan mayo? What did you think?


  1. Your potato salad looks amazing, I'd love to try it.

    I haven't tried this vegan mayo, but I tried others and they are really good. I'm going to buy this one as well, as I'm very curious about it.
    A couple of years ago I wasn't keen on vegan cheese, but now I love it. There is a vegan cheese suitable for grilling and that's amazing. It's not like any kind of dairy cheese. Give that a try if you are curious (it's a bit expensive though). I'm also very keen on vegan cheese on pizza, it has a different texture and I love it. For me these are great, as I'm moving towards a mainly dairy-free diet.

    1. Thank you, Anca, I don't think I'm ready yet to move on the vegan cheese, but am happy to try anything. The vegan mayo is quite a revelation. I don't often buy mayo anyway, but might switch to this one, as we liked the taste.
      What's the vegan cheese for grilling that you recommend?

    2. This one: Violife Mediterranean Cheese Alternative Style Block x2 - https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/violife-grill-me-200g
      I thought it will be similar to halloumi, but I think I like the taste of this one better than halloumi. I hope you'll like it as well. xx

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  3. I was very pleasantly surprised by the mayonnaise - I thought it would be horrible but it's really rich and creamy :)

  4. I have never tried vegan mayo actually, I use the normal Hellman one, it's available here in Sicily. By the way Galina, my daughter went to Paris and she brought me back Bonne Maman cookies. I asked her to buy them after I saw that you mentioned them. She brought the Petit Beurre, they are very good but I want the shortbreads. I will order them through Amazon.