Loaded Potato Salad

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Simple, yet so satisfying, this delicious mayo-free loaded potato salad is brimming with nourishing spring veggies, and perfect for al fresco dining and barbecues.

Apparently, May is National Loaded Potato Month and National Salad Month, so what better way to celebrate than with a super-healthy combination of both?

I love traditional British potato salad, I love Venetian potato salad, and I adore this loaded potato salad too.

When I sat down to write this post, I was tempted to write something along the lines of, “And with summer just around the corner,”… but then I remembered that this time last year, this happened…

So it’s probably best to not tempt fate, right?

Despite having had gloriously warm sunshine throughout March and the first 10 days of April, we had torrential rain in Kašelj last week, and this week we’re in Britain, where it’s also been chucking it down. It’s currently very chilly and soggy in this little Cambridgeshire village!

Still, I’m not in any way complaining – I actually love the rain. While I’m not keen on getting caught out in a downpour in cooler climates, when we lived in South Asia, I never minded getting a soaking!

Monsoon season was so welcome; in India, load-shedding is a regular thing but with power being provided by hydro-electric facilities, the closer we got to monsoon, the more power cuts we had. By the time the rains were a week away, we’d be chasing the electricity around Fort Kochi in order to find cafés to work from!

In Thailand, the rainy season brings a respite from the hot and humid weather, cleanses the last vestiges of the burning season from the air, and fills the paddies (as it does in India), kicking off a flurry of rice-planting activity.

Rainy season in Mae Hee, Northern Thailand

Planting rice in Mae Hong Song, Northern Thailand

When we lived in Morocco, in Taroudannt, not far from the Western Sahara, rain was a rarity, and when it came (usually only for one or two days a year), it was cause for celebration. Overnight, the land would transform from a barren, arid, dusty wasteland to a verdant, lush, fertile garden. It was truly remarkable.

A woman sweeping her yard in Taroudannt, Morocco

Camel eating argan leaves near Taroudannt

Goats in argan trees near Taroudannt

A very handsome goat in an argan tree near Taroudannt

No one ever complained about the rain because they understood that rain brings life. For the people of the Souss Valley, life is hard. Really hard. The rain makes it a little less so.

Unfortunately, it would have to rain a lot longer than two days to re-fill the river in Taroudannt…

Dried up river in Taroudannt

Or to make Guelmim-Es Semara as fertile as these fields in Britain.

Britain and Morocco from the Air (pics taken a few hours apart)

Whether it’s a lot or a little, no matter where I live, I never cease to appreciate the rain.

But I would also appreciate having some lovely, warm weather again, to go with this dish!

Loaded Potato Salad


  • filling
  • hearty
  • packed with veggies
  • garlicky
  • spicy
  • adaptable
  • mayo-free
  • gluten-free
  • nut-free
  • oil-free
  • vegan (of course!)
  • full of goodness
  • simple to make
  • truly delicious

This is a great meal to have on its own, and it’s also fab with a crisp green salad plus some protein. However you choose to have yours, I’m sure you’ll absolutely love this loaded spring potato salad.


How do you make your potato salad?

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