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Potato Salad with a Vegan Maple Mustard Dressing

With the Labor Day weekend coming up, picnics and barbecues are on my mind. This weekend feels like summer’s last big hurrah, before school really starts to get under way and temperatures start to cool down.

(Of course, I have no kids and temperatures in LA are going to stay hot for another month… but that’s beside the point. I’m still ready for all the apple and pumpkin-spice things that fall will bring!)

One of the dishes that is always a must-have for barbecues and picnics both, is potato salad. And this version ought to make an appearance at your Labor Day celebration this weekend! While I’m all for mayonnaise-heavy potato salads, this version is great because it’s a little lighter (who wants to go swimming in the ocean after feasting on heavy potato salad?), it won’t go bad like mayonnaise-based potatoes will in the hot sun, and (if you leave off the bacon and eggs) it’s vegan, too!

The tangy-sweet dressing is addictively good, and this goes great with whatever meat (or non-meat) you’re grilling or serving alongside. I made this potato salad for my family’s Fourth of July celebration, and it was loved by vegans and carnivores alike (seriously, there were no leftovers).

Potato salad

Potato Salad with a Vegan Maple Mustard Dressing, from Cooking and Beer.


  • 1.5 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 3 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • optional toppings:
    • chopped green onions
    • chopped parsley
    • diced hard boiled eggs
    • crumbled bacon

Cooking Directions

  1. Put the potatoes in a large pot. Fill with just enough water to cover the potatoes, and salt the water generously. Turn the heat to medium-high, and cook the potatoes until just tender, but not mushy. Remove from the stove and drain. Immediately transfer the potatoes to the refrigerator to chill.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the whole grain mustard, vinegar, dijon mustard, and maple syrup until completely smooth. Continue to whisk as you start drizzling in the olive oil, and don’t stop whisking the dressing until it is perfectly smooth.
  3. Toss the potatoes with the dressing and add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with the optional toppings, or leave them on the side for everyone to garnish their own potato salad. Eat immediately, or refrigerate until you are ready to serve!
  4. Enjoy!

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Friday Fridgg Favorites

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a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

it may not be the “foodiest” of places, but i gotta admit i kind of have a thing for nothing bundt cakes. hence my immediate adoration of this cake! {Homemade Hooplah}

this strawberry and watermelon smoothie sounds like the most perfect summer drink {foodfulife}

i’d have to agree that these look like the best brownies ever {Peas and Peonies}

with my newfound love for eggplant, this recipe sounds so good! {Simple Seasonal}

i love one pan dinners, especially when they look this tasty! {A Saucy Kitchen}

mustard soup is a new-to-me food, but it sounds delicious! {Have Another Bite}

i could snack all day on this baba ganoush {Have Another Bite}

i just adore the colors of this photo {Have Another Bite}

i’m usually meh about profiteroles, but add chocolate and i’m all over it! {Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen}

seems like eggplant is the theme of the week… because i’d love this eggplant curry! {Whitbit’s Indian Kitchen}

i’ve always wanted to try making handmade noodles {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

i definitely would love this s’mores toffee {Tikkido}

this is such an interesting-sounding salad, i’d love it! {No Spoon Necessary}

samoas are my favorite girl scout cookie… so i know i’d love these samoa cookie doughnuts! {The Simple Sweet Life}

this sounds like a perfect game day snack {Fa’s Kitchen}

there’s just something so cute about these mini southern sliders {Runway Chef}

i absolutely love the colors of this photo {CaliZona}

i wish i could start my morning with a breakfast like this every day! {The Devil Wears Parsley}

this fried okra sounds like a most wonderful appetizer {That Square Plate}

if you’re in need of a decadent dessert, this sounds like an amazing (and easy!) option! {Sugarhero!}

these peanut butter cheesecake bars sound absolutely dreamy {Marsha’s Baking Addiction}

hello, beautiful doughnut! {Marsha’s Baking Addiction}

it’s just about fall, and i’m totally ready for all things apple! {Accidental Happy Baker}

fries with mayo… totally my guilty pleasure {Eva in the Kitchen}

such a satisfying-sounding spicy noodle dish {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

this homemade jerky looks wonderful! {Jerkyholic}

totally trying this coconut rice – it sounds so good! {Kawaling Pinoy}

this pork chile verde totally sounds like comfort food {Onion Rings and Things}

i’ve been into curries a lot lately, and this chickpea and potato version sounds fantastic {And Cakes Too}

i’ve fallen in love with having fruit in my salsa. mango salsa is awesome, and this peach salsa sounds wonderful too {Home and Plate}

everything about this mango lobster roll sounds amazing {Estalystic}

love this pretty dill pickle photo {Simple Seasonal}

i can’t believe i’ve never had sparkling lemonade before… it sounds so good! {Oh Sweet Basil}

such a hearty, delicious-sounding harvest stew {Bowl Me Over}

we absolutely adore “salt and pepper” dishes at chinese restaurants, so we’re sure we’d love these salt and pepper pork chops {Kawaling Pinoy}

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!

Weekly Wanderings {week 27}

In our ongoing search for easy, delicious, healthy foods, we came across this chickpea salad at Whole Foods, and we are in love. Something about the flavor combination just works so well. …and then Son came up with the idea of adding potato chips to it (the black pepper and sea salt flavor is the best) and it became dangerously delicious. And not quite as healthy. But it’s all good, because it’s tasty!

Chickpea salad

Also, I’ve been experimenting with curries lately. Current recipe: saute some zucchini, add it to a couple of cans of coconut milk, a few tablespoons of green curry paste, a bag of frozen chickpeas, and a couple of bags of frozen spinach. Simmer until warmed through. Serve with basil, fish sauce, and sliced seitan, over rice. Satisfying, and oh so delicious (and SPICY)!


On a walk, we came across the most interesting butterfly. We get monarchs all the time in LA, but I’ve never seen a butterfly that looks like this!


Naturally, I had to celebrate National Lemonade Day, especially since I had managed to go all summer without any lemonade whatsoever. (I know!) This mix of strawberry and mango lemonades hit the spot (and I promise Son wasn’t as grumpy about it as he looks in the photo!)



Links I’ve loved lately:

Kitchen tips? More like BEST LIFE HACKS EVER. :D


Friday Fridgg Favorites

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a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

this cheesy taco skillet sounds like comfort food! {Homemade Hooplah}

i’ve been in the mood for all things frozen, like this dreamy strawberry vanilla smoothie {Simply Stacie}

fascinated by the flavors of this spicy thai basil cucumber cocktail {Vintage Kitty}

it’s snow cone season! {Tikkido}

the styling of these popsicles is so pretty! {Vanilla and Bean}

these cloud eggs sound like such a fun breakfast {A Life of Geekery}

i could totally be vegetarian if i could eat dishes like this king pao cauliflower every day {The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen}

i’ve been very much into lavender lately, so i would love these lavender lemon ice cream cupcakes {How to Philosophize with Cake}

hot dog season ain’t over yet, and i would love to try these hawaiian hot dogs! {The Endless Meal}

i love how flavorful yet easy this scallion beef stir fry is {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

very much into the combo of chocolate and coconut lately {Ruffles and Truffles}

love the color of this pistachio cheesecake {Measuring Cups, Optional}

a very scrumptious looking pulled chicken sandwich {Rough Eats}

this shrimp salsa is perfect for a pool party! {The Life Jolie}

this lovely snack cake just looks so darn delicious {Lisa’s Lemony Kitchen}

i’m not much of an alcohol kind of person, so these mousse shots are totally my kind of shots {Peas and Peonies}

i think i need to throw a party, just for an excuse to make this pimento cheese spread {Accidental Happy Baker}

always looking for healthy, tasty recipes, and these thai sweet potato skins totally fit the bill {Kitchen Sanctuary}

very much interested in the idea of this potato and eggplant curry {Shweta In the Kitchen}

it’s the hottest time of the year – perfect for watermelon lemonade slushies! {Home and Plate}

these vegan bbq sliders sound like a perfect healthy alternative {Gouda Monster}

love the colors of this photo {CaliZona}

always in the mood for some good breakfast hash {Use Real Butter}

polenta croutons are a cool salad idea {Oh, Sweet Basil}

this fried rice sounds tasty {Kitchen Sanctuary}

i really want to try these fun xiao long bao {Dude For Food}

i like my french fries crispy! {Domestically Blissful}

love the vibrant green color of this gazpacho {The Endless Meal}

always love the idea of street food {Whitbit’s Indian Kitchen}

this chinese beef dish sounds so good! {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

adore the pretty colors of these breakfast popsicles {Vintage Kitty}

this is the tastiest zucchini idea i’ve seen all summer {Cooks with Cocktails}

never would have thought to use kiwi in drinks, but it sounds great! {No Spoon Necessary}

absolutely in love with the colors of this photo {CaliZona}

los angeles is always hot well into fall, so these pumpkin popsicles sound like the perfect way to get my fall flavor fix {Countess Candida’s Hunger Guide}

such snackable curried chickpeas {Whitbit’s Indian Kitchen}

fabulous-looking peach streusel muffins {Life, Love, and Good Food}

a most delicious way to take advantage of summer abundance {And Cakes Too}

so much yes to these ribs {Onion Rings and Things}

definitely would love one of these chocolate and coffee cookies {The Culinary Jumble}

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!