Vegan Potato Salad

Vegan Potato Salad -- Epicurean VeganJust in time for Labor Day Weekend! This is an ideal side dish for a summer picnic or get together. We are planning on having a picnic up in the mountains tomorrow, so after chilling in the fridge for a day, this salad is going to be perfect. The dressing is not all mayonnaise-y tasting like typical potato salads, nor is it mustard-y. Just enough of both and I think using shallot salt is perfect, especially with potatoes. Whatever you decide to pack into your three-day weekend, have fun and be safe!

10 C potatoes, cubed (about 10-11 medium russet potatoes, but feel free to use red or Yukon Gold potatoes)
1 red bell pepper, diced really small or finely chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 C fresh parsley, chopped
3/4 C green onion (green & white parts), sliced
3/4 C Vegenaise
1-1/2 Tbs Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp dried dill
1 Tbs dried chives
3/4 tsp shallot salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbs nutritional yeast

Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes. Do not overcook! You want the potatoes firm, but cooked enough that a fork easily pierces them. Drain and rinse with cold water. You can also plunge the potatoes into cold water. Cover and chill in the fridge. In the meantime, get your other veggies chopped. . .

Vegan Potato Salad -- Epicurean Vegan. . . and make the dressing  by whisking together the mayo, mustard, vinegar, dill, chives, salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast.

Vegan Potato Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Combine the chilled potatoes with the other veggies and parsley. I think it’s best to use your hands for this—it’s gentler on the potatoes.

Vegan Potato Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Using a rubber spatula, fold in the dressing and coat the potatoes and veggies thoroughly. Chill for several hours. Enjoy!

Vegan Potato Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Vegan Concert: Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO

Last night we saw Ray LaMontagne and David Gray at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO—just west of Denver. If you’re never been to a show at Red Rocks, you have to make a trip; it’s one of the BEST venues around to see a concert.  It just doesn’t get any better. The weather was phenomenal and with a view of the Denver lights, there’s not a bad seat in the place. Then the moon came out. It was like an orange slice in the sky:

We went with another couple, who also happen to vegan, and since you’re allowed to bring outside food in, it was easy to throw together a picnic. Before we left for the 1 to 1-1/2 drive, I made up some hummus wraps:

On a garlic and herb tortilla, I spread on some hummus, added cucumber, tomato, and sprouts. I also brought along some extra hummus and some very delicious multi-grain flax seed crackers.

Our friends brought fruit, cookies, and some amazing banana cake/brownies that were so delicious! (I will definitely get the recipe)! There is nothing like going to Red Rocks and seeing some of your favorite musicians, while enjoying some awesome vegan food! It can be done!