Gluten-Free Vegan ‘Pucker-up’ Potato Salad

Gluten-Free Vegan 'Pucker-up' Potato Salad
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“Pucker up potato salad? What the heck is that?” you may be asking yourself. Even if you are not a huge fan of potato salad, this is not your mother’s potato salad (or your father’s or best friend’s). In fact this is not your average, run-of-the-mill potato salad at all. It is fairly low calorie, due to the absence of mayonnaise (although it does have olive oil as potato salad does need some fat) and the peas and red onion impart a lovely color and flavor. And the yummy blend of vinegar, Dijon mustard and garlic is really quite divine! That said, in all honesty, this potato salad isn’t so sour that it makes you pucker up; it’s more along the lines of a German potato salad. In fact, if you want to toss in some bacon bits (ala German potato salad), our Easy Peasy Bacon Bits go very well in it!

First, a few notes about the ingredients. Remember that not all sugar is vegan, as some is processed with animal bones, so be sure to get vegan sugar. Also, some mustards are not gluten-free, so be sure that you get gluten-free Dijon mustard if you need to be paying attention to that.

Finally, we use balsamic vinegar in this recipe, and it really does make a difference; that said, you can use another type of vinegar (rice vinegar might be interesting) if you like, it will just alter the flavor profile. (If you do make this recipe with a different type of vinegar, drop us a comment and let us know what you used and how it turned out!)

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Pucker-up Potato Salad


6 red potatoes
1 bag of frozen peas
1 red onion, sliced
1/2 cup of red wine vinegar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Fresh dill to taste (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Easy Peasy Bacon Bits (optional)


Cube potatoes and boil until tender. Cook peas according to directions on package. Run both under cold water and put in same bowl. Slice red onion and add to the potatoes and peas. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients, and then slowly add to the potatoes and peas, mixing with a spoon. Test it and make sure it is salt and peppered to your liking; if not, add more. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve!

If you want to add our (or anyone elses) vegan bacon bits to it, do so just before serving so that they stay nice and crunchy.

Yields 6-8 servings.

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