Creamy Potato Salad, Hold the Mayo

Vegetarian

A combination of fat free yogurt and hummus make a cool, creamy dressing for this mayo free potato salad.

Close up image of mayo free potato salad made with hummus and yogurt on a red bamboo background.

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.

What can you substitute for mayonnaise in potato salad?

I was flipping through a recent issue of Food+Wine when I saw this idea. It looked like a normal homemade potato salad, but it used hummus and yogurt.

And, most notably, no mayo.

This potato salad recipe immediately got added to my “to try” list.

A picnic plate with a burger, corn on the cob, and hummus potato salad made without mayonaisse.

So one night we decided to grill up some burgers, and I knew that it was the perfect time to try this no mayo potato salad.

I mixed it up, but I have to confess it looked so much like the potato salad dressing 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.

It turns out that the combination of yogurt and hummus makes the perfect mayo substitute!

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, or who just love potato salads, 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.)

This has become one of those recipes that I make over and over again, and it’s something of a signature dish for me at summer cookouts. If you’re looking for a lighter alternative to potato salads that’s made with real food ingredients, go ahead and give it a try — I bet you’ll become a huge fan, too!

More mayo free potato salad recipes:

big bowl of potato salad without mayo

potato salad with greek yogurt and no mayo

Creamy Potato Salad, Hold the Mayo

Yield: 4

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.

Ingredients

  • 4 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup hummus
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 Tbs chopped gherkins
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  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. 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

Amount Per Serving Calories 193Total Fat 5gFiber 6.5gProtein 8.5g

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By on May 11th, 2010

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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