When I was little, my parents used to call me "The Potato Queen" because I literally loved the root vegetable any which way: mashed, fried, twice baked—you get the point. And while baked or roasted potatoes in and of themselves aren't all so bad for you, when you top them with loads of mayonnaise and serve them potato salad–style, let's just say the nutritional factor decreases, and the calorie factor increases. But this is one of the quintessential summer salads since it's tasty, quite literally goes with everything, and can easily serve a crowd. So there has to be some way to still get our fill.
And there is: With a few swaps like a cashew-based mayo, half the number of potatoes, or mixing in grains and greens, potato salad becomes guilt-free. (Plus, some of these recipes are dairy-free, so your vegan and lactose intolerant friends will love you, too).
Keep reading to see some of our favorite healthy potato salads just in time for you to serve them at your next summer soirée—your guests will be so pleased you did.
Easy Cauliflower Potato Salad
Leave it to Root + Revel to create an easy way to decrease the carbs in this favorite dish. Simply replace half of the potatoes with cauliflower florets and go for a dressing with a base made with avocado oil mayo instead of the regular variety. Cornichons, capers, and spicy grain mustard make the flavor of the dressing pop.
The Best Potato Salad
This healthy potato salad recipe relies on a homemade cashew "mayo" for its more nutritional end result (the nut gets creamy and can be blended after it's soaked in hot water for 30 minutes). Lemon juice, fresh herbs, and dijon mustard blend into the "mayo," and the dish can be served hot or cold. Plus, you don't even have to worry about it going bad in the sun.
Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
Instead of your traditional all-potato base, opt for roasted sweet potatoes as a complement rather than the main ingredient. When mixed with spinach and quinoa and topped with a homemade lemon vinaigrette, this salad's still super filling (just lower-cal). Remember to store the dressing separately from the salad so it doesn't get soggy.
Simple Vegan Potato Salad
Minimalist Baker’s take on potato salad turns the traditional version into a vegan-friendly option, plus incorporates tons of fresh veggies like bell peppers, celery, and onions. A garlic-herb sauce is crafted from cashews, apple cider vinegar, spicy mustard, maple syrup, garlic, dill, and hot sauce (just don’t try to make this if you’re shy about getting some extra ingredients at the grocery store). Bonus points: Leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week.
Sweet Potato Wild Rice Arugula Salad
Leave it to this healthy potato salad to remind me of my Sweetgreen go-to (a custom version of the Harvest Bowl). It's more arugula than potato, which gives you a green light to go for second helpings, plus it packs on the grains to fill you up. Cashews and a light lemony dressing make it feel like summer in a bowl.
Roasted Potato Salad
If you've ever had roasted veggies, then you're going to totally love this salad. Two types of potatoes (sweet and Yukon Gold) are roasted with green beans and garlic. Then, everything is slathered in a mixture of parmesan, fresh dill, and garlic (um, who else could eat this all week?).
Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad
There's not just a simple swap in this sweet potato salad—the whole recipe is unique (and tasty). Dates add a hint of sweetness to the exotic-inspired dish made from sweet potatoes, eggs, pistachios, cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, and mint. Like the Half Baked Harvest version, this salad calls for a homemade cashew "mayo," only this time it contains spices like cumin, ginger, paprika, and allspice.
Now, go grab some potatoes and whip up one or more of these healthy potato salads (just call it research for your next get-together).