Side Dish

Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Kale

  • Ready Time: 35min
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  • Prep Time: 15min
    Cook Time: 20min
  • Potato Type: White
    Cuisine: American
  • Serves: 8
    Prep Method: Mashed
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Recipe by: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN

Olive oil mashed potatoes w/ kale is a supercharged version of classic mashed potatoes. Since it’s naturally gluten free and vegan, it’s a great holiday side to please many different types of eaters. But hey, it’s also easy enough to make for a weekday dinner paired w/ salmon, chicken, or tempeh.


  • 3 lbs. / 1.4 kg. White, russet, or yellow potatoes
  • 1 tbs. / 15g. Sea salt + extra for seasoning
  • 8 tbs. / 120 ml. Olive oil, split
  • 6 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Small bunch kale, leaves only & finely chopped (about 6 cups/130 g.)
  • 1/2 tsp. / 1 g. red pepper flakes

Prep Time: 15min | Cook Time: 20min

  1. Wash potatoes, peel half of them, and cut all of them into 2” cubes.
  2. Put cubes into a 5-quart pot, add cold water (enough to cover them) and salt, bring to a boil and then turn to a simmer, cooking for about 20 minutes, until tender.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, in a skillet over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil and garlic, cook for 1 minute. Then add kale and cook until wilted, about 8 minutes. Set aside.
  4. When potatoes are tender, reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid and drain the rest.
  5. Right in the pot, mash or rice the potatoes with another 3 tablespoons olive oil and slowly add in some of the reserved cooking liquid to get to the consistency you want.
  6. Add the cooked kale mixture to the potatoes and gently fold it in. Add salt to taste.
  7. Put in a serving dish, drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.


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