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Potato-less Potato Salad with Poached Radishes

Potato-less Potato Salad with Poached Radishes | @withfoodandlove

Potato-less potato salad.

Don’t judge me.

This is something that you want.

No, really.

Keep reading.

As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m out in Denver. Parading around my old neighborhoods and spending as many hours/minutes/seconds/breaths as I can with my nephew, and all the other people here that I love a lot. It’s Friday and it’s a holiday weekend {yay, summer!} and keeping this light on the words is best for everyone. So let’s jump right into this potato-less potato salad.

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I understand that the best part of the potato salad is the potato. Those starch-y, carb-y, comforting vibes are what pull you in. But also I’ve been working really hard to take off my Midwestern coat. If you want to know more about what that means, read this. So, as self-proclaimed potato salad lover {this one from the archives is a favorite} I wanted to come up with a potato-less potato salad that I could eat more often than just every once in a while.

Radishes, although less carb-y, are equally {not quite, but hope you’re still with me here} comforting when poached or roasted. Making them the best potato substitution in potato salad. Radishes are abundant, inexpensive, low in calories and high in nutrients, and often underused. They’re a member of the Brassica family, aka cruciferous vegetables, and they’re loaded with disease-fighting phytonutrients. You want more of these in your diet.

Radishes are spicy when eaten raw, so often they are overlooked as a capable mainstay veg. But when you cook a radish, especially when you poach a radish, its flavor profile changes completely. It becomes mellow, less spicy, soft and potato-like.

This potato-less potato salad uses Hellmann’s new Carefully Crafted Dressing & Sandwich Spread. It’s organic, and free of GMO ingredients, cholesterol, eggs, dairy, gluten and artificial colors and flavors. Albeit non-GMO, it does contain soy. And in general I don’t consume a lot of soy, but if I’m going to make a vegan, rich and creamy potato salad, I need something that will do the job. And this is the best tasting mayo-substitute I’ve ever had. Also worth noting, because I think this especially important to mention, as much as I love supporting small businesses, I also love to get the word out about big businesses doing good. Or at least making an effort to change the landscape of our food industry in ways they can. By supporting non-GMO crops, and providing the public with affordable, allergen-friendly food.

This potato-less potato salad has all the components of a traditional potato salad. With all the right textures. The radishes are potato-like. And the dressing is creamy, and mustard-y, and the celery and shallots and dill bring the right crunch. Also it comes together in ten minutes, YES TEN MINUTES! I hope this inspires you to do more with your radishes. Or, with your food in general.

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Potato-less Potato Salad with Poached Radishes
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This recipe comes together in about 10 minutes. You can serve it warm, but I definitely prefer to serve it chilled like a traditional potato salad. Refrigerate after cooking for about 2 hours. If you don't want to use Hellmann's Carefully Crafted, any classic mayonnaise will work great.
Makes: 4
  • 3 bunches red radishes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ cups water
  • ⅓ cup Hellmann’s Carefully Crafted
  • ½ cup celery, diced small
  • ¼ cup shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Wash the radishes, trim the leaves off the top and halve. In a large pan combine the radishes, olive oil, water and a heavy pinch of salt and pepper in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil uncovered. Then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Now the radishes should be soft and tender, and most of the water should have been absorbed. Remove the radishes from the heat and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the Hellmann’s Carefully Crafted, celery, shallots, dill, mustard, pepper, salt and lemon juice. Spoon the mixture over the radishes and combine well.
  4. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate and serve cold.

This post is sponsored by Hellmann’s; all opinions are my own.

20 Responses to "Potato-less Potato Salad with Poached Radishes"

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    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    May 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    This is genius! I wouldn’t have ever guessed those weren’t potatoes at first glance. I’ve never poached radishes but you better bet I’m going to change that this weekend! <3

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:17 PM

      At first taste you wouldn’t know they weren’t potatoes either – promise! And, genius, I kind of think so too ;)

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    May 27, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    This sounds like the perfect Memorial Day picnic fare.

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    May 27, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    I’ve been seeing this Carefully Crafted biznit all over the internetz, but for some reason I’m just now realizing (thanks to your education) that it’s VEGAN. Duh. So good to know since our little bug is still mostly dairy- and totally egg-free. And I agree that, as much as I love local, boutique brands, it’s the biggies that probably have the most impact on the mainstream food landscape, so we should absolutely give them their place and celebrate wins like this. No shame, girl. Also, I might not totally buy radishes-as-potatoes, but I do love radishes-as-radishes and the color here is too pretty. Definitely game to give it a shot. Have fun in Denver!! <3

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    Emma Galloway

    May 29, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Such a brilliant idea!! Love it.

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    Sarah | Well and Full

    May 30, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    I LOVE the idea of a potato-less potato salad, especially one made with radishes! So creative :)

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    Pure Ella

    May 30, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Wow! So creative, delicious and beautiful – I can’t love this more!

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    Jess @Nourished by Nutrition

    May 30, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    I would have never thought to replace potatoes with radishes. This is such a creative recipe. I can’t wait to give it a try! P.s. I love seeing your work in Feast magazine. It’s always so beautiful.

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:21 PM

      Aw – thanks Jess!

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    May 31, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    This was beyond delicious! And everyone I’ve shared it with can’t believe how good it tastes and that it is made with radishes! They are so sweet, tender, just the right texture. I like them better than potatoes and don’t think I will ever look back! Also, I was able to make my batch with some of the rainbow radishes, which just added to their pretty color palate! Thank you!

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:22 PM

      Lea! I’m so excited you dig it as much as I do. I know it’s unexpected, but it REALLY works. Thanks for the sharing the love, xx.

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    June 1, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    This is brilliant! Giving this a go with the mess of radishes I have hanging out in the garden. Thanks for such a creative recipe!

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    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    June 4, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Adding cooked radishes to a “potato” salad is such a smart way to make it healthier! I’ve been vibing hard on radishes lately and can’t wait to try this recipe this summer! Hope you had an awesome trip in Denver:)

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:24 PM

      Denver was lovely. Also – so exciting that soon I’ll see you! xx

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    June 8, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    YUM radishes!!! That actually sounds really delightful – I’ve never been a super fa of potato salad because I just… don’t like potatoes that much, but this healthy version (not to mention, I LOVE radishes), just seems amazing!! I’m going to bring it to a bbq/potluck thing and see if anyone comments :).

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      June 14, 2016 at 10:14 PM

      You’ll LOVE this Betty, promise. xx

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    June 18, 2016 at 2:29 AM

    Just in time for the Radishes in our garden! I can’t wait to make it.

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    February 21, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    I boiled the radishes so I’m not sure if that’s why they were ‘wet’ when you bit into them. Anyone else experience this? Other than that it was a good recipe. It would have been better if the radishes weren’t ‘wet’.

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      March 2, 2017 at 10:43 PM

      Hi Betty – boiling vs. poaching the radishes may have affected their moisture level. But most likely the radish itself had a higher water concentration. I’ve never experienced this level of ‘wetness’ but I will say poached radishes won’t have the exact same dryness and texture as a potato, in case that’s what you were expecting. Thank you for your feedback!

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