This luscious vegan potato salad is made with tender red potatoes in luscious cashew dressing with fresh dill, scallions and a (totally optional!) sprinkling of tempeh bacon. Rich, creamy, and packed with flavor!
Stir soy sauce or tamari, vinegar, maple syrup and liquid smoke together in a small bowl.
Stir in the tempeh and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. (You can skip to making the potato salad in the meantime.)
Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with oil and place it over medium-high heat. Add tempe and the marinade.
Cook until most of the liquid has cooked off and tempeh is nicely browned, about 10 minutes, flipping once or twice.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, bring the water back to a boil and allow to cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.
Drain the potatoes into a colander. Return them to the pot and allow them to cool while you make the dressing.
To make the dressing, place the cashews, milk, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and garlic into a blender or food processor bowl. Blend until completely smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl or pitcher as needed.
Cut the potatoes in half, then place them into a medium bowl.
Add the cashews mixture to the bowl, along with the red onions, scallions and dill. Stir until the ingredients are distributed and coated with dressing.
Season with salt, pepper, and (optionally) red pepper flakes to taste. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Prep time does not include cashew soaking time.