I was just listening to a radio program that talked about how potato salad belongs to almost every Finnish celebration (except Christmas). Yes, absolutely true! I couldn't imagine May Day, Midsummer or the New Year without potato salad. Could you?

In addition to potatoes, this fresh potato salad contains pickles, onions, apples, capers and oat-based crème fraîche.

The recipe is by no means particularly vegan, so it can be prepared either with oat fraiche or with regular cream cheese. I used to make this with a cream base, and now I use oat fraiche. The taste is just as good either way you do it.

With or without mayonnaise?

This will surely divide opinion, but I personally enjoy potato salad preferably without mayonnaise. The end result is fresher and lighter without it.

However, if you are used to eating potato salad with mayonnaise, you can put, for example, half oat fraiche and half mayonnaise.

How long should the potato salad be made?

Preparing the salad itself is extremely easy and takes less than half an hour, but remember to set aside a couple of hours for the salad to cool down - it doesn't taste the same warm.

You can conveniently prepare the potato salad the day before, because the taste only gets better when it can be made in the refrigerator. On the other hand, if you're in a hurry to get the salad to the table, a couple of hours in the fridge is perfectly fine.

Potato varieties suitable for salad

For potato salad, it is recommended to use a firm, i.e. potato variety sold in a green bag. It takes the longest to cook, but it also doesn't crumble easily when cooked.

When carefully cooked, the general purpose potato sold in a yellow bag also works well in potato salad. I've used them too. You just have to watch them very carefully and stop cooking as soon as the fork sinks into the potato. Some of the potatoes will still crumble, so it might be worth cooking a little more than the instructions say, because some will go to waste.

Adding the sauce

If possible, you should preferably add the sauce to the potatoes when the potatoes are still a little warm, like hand-warm. Then the potatoes will really absorb the sauce inside and the taste will be perfect.

Fresh potato salad
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Fresh potato salad

Fresh potato salad without mayonnaise

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  • Author: almost vegan
  • Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Portions: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

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This easy and fresh potato salad contains, in addition to potatoes, pickled cucumber, onion, apple, capers and oat-based crème fraîche.


  • 500 g potato
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 small apple
  • 2 pickle
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • 200 ml oat fraiche
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (mild) mustard
  • a pinch of black pepper


  1. Cook the potatoes until cooked, but be careful not to overcook them.
  2. Pour off the potatoes' cooking water, and leave the potatoes to cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. Peel and dice the apples.
  4. Place the apple cubes in a bowl and sprinkle lemon juice over them to prevent them from darkening.
  5. Dice the onion and gherkins, and add them both to the bowl.
  6. Add the capers.
  7. Prepare the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together. Mix well.
  8. When the potatoes have cooled enough that you can easily hold them in your hand, peel them.
  9. Cut the potatoes into cubes and add to the bowl with the other ingredients.
    Potato salad ingredients in a bowl
  10. Add the sauce and mix well again.
    Potato salad in a bowl
  11. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • Prep time: 20
  • Creation time: 120
  • Category: Salads
  • Cooking method: No cooking required
  • Cuisine: Finnish

Keywords: wonderful potato salad, fresh potato salad, potato salad without mayonnaise, vegan potato salad, caper potato salad, May Day, Midsummer, New Year

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