Creamy Potato Salad, Hold the Mayo


There’s a first time for everything: Eating rhubarb. Making steamed buns. Eating cool, creamy potato salad.

Yeah, you read that right. I only recently had my first bite of creamy potato salad. My aversion to mayonnaise (sorry, I know some of you think it’s good, but I find it repulsive!) had always prevented me from enjoying this delicious salad. Until now.

I was flipping through a recent issue of Food+Wine when I saw this idea. It looked like a normal potato salad, but it used hummus and yogurt. And, most notably, no mayo. It immediately got added to my “to try” list.


So one night we decided to grill up some burgers, and I knew that it was the perfect time to try this salad. I mixed it up, but I have to confess it looked so much like the potato salads that I’ve been avoiding all these years that I was a little hesitant to take a bite. (Which was ridiculous, since I made the stuff and I knew that there was absolutely no mayonnaise in it.)

So I took a small nibble. And it. was. awesome. I mean, we were lucky that there was any left by the time the burgers were done – I couldn’t keep out of it! For those of you who hate mayo, this is a great substitute. Those of you that do eat mayo will enjoy it too – Shawn said that it actually tastes very similar. It’s cool, creamy, and slightly tangy. The hummus flavor isn’t nearly as pronounced as you might imagine it would be, and it has a whole lot less fat (about 5 grams of fat in mine, compared to over 20 grams in traditional versions.)


Creamy Potato Salad, Hold the Mayo
A combination of fat free yogurt and hummus make a cool, creamy sauce for this mayo-free potato salad. I used Greek yogurt to prevent the sauce from becoming to watery, but regular yogurt could also be used. Add in whatever your favorite potato salad ingredients are; this recipe is only a guideline. I do like the crunch that the celery and pickles added though - without them the salad would be too mushy.
Serves: 4
  • 4 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup hummus
  • ½ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 Tbs chopped gherkins
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Place in a large stockpot and cover with water. Bring to a a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until potatoes are tender and. Drain and let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes with the remaining ingredients, mixing well to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 193 Fat: 5 Fiber: 6.5 Protein: 8.5




  1. Yum! this potato salad looks amazing! I’m going to have to try it. Curry powder is another good addition to potato salad.

    • That does sound good! I’ve made curry chicken salad before (using yogurt) that was great. I’ll have to remember to try some in my potato salad next time. :)

  2. Is there a good substitute for gherkins? I don’t think I can find those in hodunk Missouri… :/

  3. I have to try this! I’m okay with mayo, but I am more okay with yogurt and hummus!!!!

    Printing this out right now…

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. So. I hate mayo. I can’t even be in the same room as mayo. That’s how much I hate it. Therefore, this salad is a godsend! Love it!

    • Same here, I think it’s so gross! I accidental ate some one that was on a sample of a sandwich (somehow I didn’t think to inspect it first) and I immediately started gagging. Ew.

    • Haha! That’s how I found this post… looking for a way to enjoy potato salad without mayo. This recipe IS a godsend, and I can’t wait to make it!

  5. What a clever substitution for mayonnaise. I happen to be a mayo lover, even make homemade mayo sometimes. You’ve made me aware there are those who don’t like it. I had no idea. This feels like a duh moment.

    I’ve seen the bamboo plates at Marx. Thanks for the informative and helpful review. There are certainly times when they would come in handy. You made me think of the paper plate commercial on TV with someone trying to carry a very full paper plate and it was sagging and the food was beginning to slide. Not a pretty site.

  6. Excellnt idea, Im going to try this too. Actually turns one of my summer time guilt ino a virtual superfood!

  7. This sounds so good! I love the tanginess that yogurt adds to any dish, and my husband and I both LOVE hummus. Recently I used it in place of mayo for chicken salad and it was so flavorful and delicious, and lately I’ve been putting it on my eggs and thinning it out with water and dijon mustard for a yummy salad dressing!

  8. What a great sub for mayo in the hummus and yogurt! I would not have thought of that combo, but I can see where it would add the right flavors along with the perfect amount of creamy wonderfulness! Looks super tasty!

  9. My first thought was Greek Yogurt when you said no mayo… but addin hummus- GENIUS!

    it does look creamy and I love the rustic cut with the skins on- there is so much added flavor and texture with the skin! I would definitely try this and it seems it would be more picnic friendly since theres no mayo to spoil in the sun (im planning an office picnic for july so this is perfect)

  10. simply heavenly! i love greek yogurt in place of mayo or sour cream…YUM!

  11. I have had this open all night and I have been staring at it almost non-stop – in fact when I looked at it again this morning my hungry stomach rummbled.

  12. I have no aversion to regular potato salad but I definitely want to try this, hummus and yogurt have a much greater nutritional benefit than mayo!

  13. I LOVE potato salad. I always make it a habit to make it once every summer. Though, I find that I don’t really eat it out side of summer. I guess it’s one of those foods. :)

  14. Lyndsey @ I'm Lyndsey says:

    First, I just came here because you commented on Kath’s blog and your photography is beautiful!!

    I also NEED to try this delish looking salad. I love potatoes but end up avoiding it..moderation, right?

    • thanks for stopping by! Potatoes are actually really healthy and full of nutrients – just remember that there are 4 of them in the recipe so you can’t go eating it all (as tempting as it is! ;))

  15. I have made one potato salad too, my family all loved it. Gotta try your version : ) BTW, I have a bowl very similar to yours.

  16. I happen to like mayo, but I’m always looking for something lighter/healthier. I’m definitely intrigued by the hummus!

  17. My son despises mayo. I usually make potato salad with ranch dressing and yogurt or sour cream. Never thought about using hummus. Thanks for the lovely recipe.

  18. What a great substitution! I can’t wait to try a new and improved potato salad. :)

  19. This potato salad looks fabulous!

  20. Fantastic idea to add hummus to the healthy dressing! I will have to try this recipe.

  21. The salad looks fantastic! I am also not a fan of the kind of mayo. This sounds like it’s right up my alley :)

  22. Not liking mayo certainly puts you at a disadvantage in the potato salad department. It’s great you found an alternative. GREG

  23. This recipe looks fantastic. It’s amazing to me how many different ways one can make potato salad – so many possibilities regarding taste and flavor. I’ll be keeping this one in mind for this summer!

  24. Yum! I read some other blogs using hummus in place of mayo for tuna salad, but being pregnant, I haven’t tried it. Right now, this honestly sounds way better anyway! Yum, thanks for sharing:)

  25. What an awesome alternative to this classic dish! Well done Lauren!

  26. Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Perfect Potato Salad Contest! It looks delicious!

  27. Hey there, I’m so glad I found this! I’ve got IBS and I’ve been looking for recipes for food to take to work with me that are healthier than sausage rolls and burgers etc. I bloat when I eat bread, so sandwiches are out of the question. But even if I do have a sandwich, it’s only got meat and/or cheese, cos I HATE SALAD. That’s everything from lettuce to mayo and salad cream to any form of dressing whatsoever. I like yogurt and potatoes, and I’m willing to try hummous, even tho I have absolutely no idea what it is. I’d like to stick some bacon in this, or ham… Or chicken! If you have another other salad-y type recipes for the salad haters, please let me know? I am desperate to find food that I can actually eat. :(

  28. This looks amazing! I wonder if I could convince the rest of the family to try it next weekend at our cookout instead of the usual version. This would be perfect for the lactose intolerant folks in our group.

    • I’ve brought it to a number of cookouts and always get rave reviews. I bet people will love it!

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  30. we dont get hummus or dill around here :( what do i do? i looks so delicious!

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  33. I am so intrigued by this recipe! First, not being a mayo lover, the use of Greek yogurt grabbed me instantly. But then when I saw you added hummus, I was sold! Not only will hummus lend a Middle Eastern twist, but it will enhance the creaminess. Can’t wait to try it!

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