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Farmer Market Healthy Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing

This potato salad is much more than just a plain potato salad. What I like best about this salad is that it has no cream, no mayo, no eggs and variety of fresh farm vegetables for crunchy texture! Oh - and a lite and tangy mustard dressing to balance all the flavors!

Clearly, this is salad is not like a traditional potato salad and screams summer in every bite! I mean, look at the pictures, does this look like "summer in a bowl" or what?

Potato Salads have reputation of being "heavy". However, making salads at home gives us option to keep'em healthy with ingredients of our choice! Isn't it? So, when I craved for Potato Salad last weekend, I decided to lighten-it up a bit!

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1) Since summers, without doubt, is THE season to enjoy fresh produce..... I decided to use a lots of fresh farm produce to give texture, and lots of color to my Potato Salad (plus, few daily serving of fresh veggies and fruits! A real bonus!)

2) Instead of regular creamy dressing, I made a no-mayo and no-cream, lite, and tangy mustard dressing that compliments the earthy potato flavors! (real key: a salad without heavy-side of guilt!)

3) Last, but not the least, I grilled some zucchini to add fresh grilled charred flavors to the salad! (A MUST flavor of summer cooking!)

In one line, this Healthy Potato Salad has lots of color, lite dressing, and grilled flavors! Sounds so summer-y, isn't it? 

This also gave me opportunity to keep it vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. A salad this good is not just perfect lite-side for your next Family-style Summer Grill-Out, but is also great side for healthy yet filling Weekday Chicken Dinner! And, it is still called "Potato Salad"! How good does that sound?

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PS: If you follow my blog, I'm sure you know I'm addicted to adding touch of fresh sweet fruits in my salads! This one has sweetness of fresh black seedless grapes. These juicy little fruits really bring out the tang of mustard and lemon, giving this salad some delicious savory notes. Plus, this also make it perfectly suitable for kids! (Just skip jalapeno, if serving kids.)

I hope you will like my healthy take on, classic and everyone's favorite, Potato Salad! Do let me know, what is your favorite Potato Salad?! And do you like potato salad creamy or lite, like this one?Vegan Potato Salad packed with healthy summer vegetables and lite mustard dressing | chefdehome.com

Wishing you all a great day ahead! -Savita

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Farmer Market Healthy Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing

Farmer Market Healthy Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 4-5 Cups Serves 4 Notes All prep can be finished while potatoes cooking.
Smart Swap For a nice and sweet change, replace Potatoes with Sweet Potatoes!

Ingredients

    Potato Salad
  • 1 lbs Potatoes  (3 medium, Red or Yukon Gold, boiled until fork tender)
  • 1/2 Red Onion  (diced)
  • 1 Zucchini  (sliced into thick vertical slices, grilled or steamed)
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes  (sliced into half)
  • 1 Cup Black Seedless Grapes  (sliced into half)
  • 1 Bell Pepper  (yellow or red bell pepper, small chopped)
  • 1/2 Jalapeno  (seeds removed, small chopped, optional)
  • Mustard and Herb Dressing
  • 1 tsp Stone ground mustard  
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Herbs  (fresh mint, thyme, oregano, parsley, small minced)
  • 1 Lime  (for 2 tbsp fresh juice, plus extra wedges for garnish)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt and Black Pepper  (adjust per taste)
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil  (extra virgin)
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar  

Directions

  • 1. Boil Potato: Bring a deep sauce-pan, filled with water, to rolling boil, and add potatoes, then cook until fork tender.
  • 2. Make Dressing: While potatoes are cooking, in a wide salad bowl, add all dressing ingredients except salt and pepper. Whisk to emulsify oil with vinegar. Add salt and pepper per taste. Set aside.
  • 3. Grill Zucchini: Heat an iron griddle (or use outdoor grill) and spray with oil. Grill zucchini until nice grill marks appear and is tender per your liking (I like to grill for 2-3 minutes each side). Season with salt and pepper, slice into bite size pieces, and set aside. Also chop rest of veggies, if not already.
  • 4. Assemble: Once potatoes are boiled, peel and discard skin. Dice into big cubes. Add to bowl with dressing with rest of the salad ingredients. Toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    Additional Notes
    Best when served 20-25 minutes after tossing ingredients into dressing.

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  1. This looks wonderful! I love the idea of going no-mayo AND how much healthier and lighter the overall salad is. No guilt here with this potato salad ;)
  2. Its nice to see a potato salad without mayo... Looks so light for sure. Addition of grilled zucchini is a terrific idea too... Absolutely loved this

    Gauri, thanks! Grilled zucchini was really delicious in this salad.
  3. I am loving all the colours. I also really like the dressing that you have used - it makes a nice change from a creamy dressing that usually goes on potato salad.

    Dannii, thanks! I love using mustard with potatoes, so added to the dressing as well. I'm glad you liked it.
  4. This is definitely summer in a bowl! I love all the veggies you added in here and that the dressing is so light and healthy. I can't wait to try this!

    Thanks, Keri! This dressing is really very delicious. I hope you get chance to try it soon!
  5. I am all up for this healthy potato salad! looks yummy! I love the use if fruits in your salads Savita, adds so much flavor!!

    Manali, thanks! Really, I love fruits in salads! As you said, add additional layer of flavor!
  6. So obsessed with this! I love love LOVE all the different vegetables you threw in here! I am so, totally, definitely making this!

    Annie, thanks! I'm so pleased you this salad so much. I hope you get chance to try it soon!
  7. What a fun dressing, Savita! I definitely enjoy creamy potato salads...but I don't like them to be swimming in mayo either. This version looks super light and healthy...oh, and the grilled zucchini in there is an awesome touch. Love it!!

    Thanks, David! Thanks for sharing you thoughts on potato salad. Trust me, Mustard Dressing is the STAR in this one!
  8. This looks like a gorgeous potato salad, Savita! Love the mustard dressing and the fresh flavors!

    Thanks, Gayle!