Potato Salad with Chickpeas

Chimichurri Chickpea Potato Salad

Is chimichurri vegan? While it is often served as a condiment for grilled meat, the Argentinian and Uruguayan sauce’s basic ingredients include parsley, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil. There are some variations in how it’s prepared, but it is traditionally a totally vegan sauce.

A few years back, I made a vegan recipe with chimichurri sauce. I served some potatoes on the side with it. And I couldn’t help but think, “This sauce tastes great on potatoes too.” So here we are, with a chimichurri potato salad recipe that’s absolutely delish.

Whether served at room temperature or chilled, this vegan potato salad with chimichurri sauce delivers! Enjoy it as an easy vegan bbq side dish, packed for a picnic, eaten for lunch, or whipped together as a tasty side for dinner.

Two things…

  • ・When you’re making the chimichurri sauce, you can pack your measuring cup with the stems and leaves from the parsley and the cilantro. No need to just use the leaves. The stems are tender enough that they will breakdown easily in the blender.
  • ・Fresh oregano often has a woody stem. It will not breakdown easily in a blender, so you’ll want to use only the leaves of the fresh oregano in the sauce.

I hope you love this recipe!

An easy vegan chimichurri salad with red potatoes and chickpeas

Chimichurri Chickpea Potato Salad

6-8 whole red potatoes, approximately the size of golf balls

¼ cup olive oil

3 garlic cloves, peeled

½ cup flat leaf parsley, packed

½ cup fresh cilantro, packed

⅓ cup fresh oregano leaves

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp salt

15.5 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1. Fill a pot of water with ~1 inch of water. Put a steamer basket inside. Bring the water to a boil. Then, add the red potatoes. Steam for 12-18 minutes or until they can be pierced with a fork easily and are soft enough to enjoy eating.

2. Remove the red potatoes from the steamer, and allow them to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, cut them into slices. Set aside.

3. In a small skillet, add the olive oil and garlic cloves.  Sauté over medium-low heat until it gets a golden toasty look on the outside.  Remove from heat, and allow to cool a bit.

Vegan Recipes with Chimichurri

4. In a blender or food processor, add the olive oil, garlic cloves, parsley, cilantro, oregano, red wine vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes and salt.  Blend until somewhat smooth. You still want some recognizable herbs, but you want the garlic to be well incorporated.

5. In a mixing box, add all the components together–sliced red potatoes, chickpeas and chimichurri sauce.  Carefully stir together. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed (more red wine vinegar? more salt?).  Serve cold or at room temperature.

Potato and Chickpeas Salad
An easy vegan red potato salad recipe with chickpeas and chimichurri sauce

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