Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes taste rich and creamy without any milk or butter. This easy 3-ingredient vegan Mediterranean recipe is the ultimate side dish perfect for both Thanksgiving and comforting weeknight dinners. It's ready to enjoy in just 30 minutes!
To me, it simply isn't Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes. While it's common to add butter and milk to make them creamy, olive oil is a delicious alternative.
Not only is olive oil an important ingredient on a vegan Mediterranean diet, it gives the spuds the perfect rich and velvety texture. And using it instead of dairy makes this Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes recipe not only vegan, but allergy-friendly as well, so all of your guests will be able to enjoy it.
Looking for a pressure cooker recipe? Check out the recipe for no-drain vegan Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.
Why you'll love this recipe
- It's rich and comforting and only requires 3 ingredients (plus salt and pepper).
- It's easy to make in 30 minutes.
- It's dairy-free making it not only vegan, but allergy-friendly.
- Yellow potatoes such as Yukon gold
- Fresh garlic
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh chives (optional)
Not sure how many servings of mashed potatoes to make? A good rule of thumb is to allow half a pound of potatoes per person.
While I've kept the seasonings simple by using only salt and pepper, plus fresh chives for a pop of color and flavor, you can easily add other ingredients to suit your tastes. For example, try stirring in any of the following:
- Caramelized onions or shallots
- Roasted garlic
- Minced herbs such as rosemary and thyme
- Vegan pesto sauce
- Vegan cheese
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
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- Add the potatoes and garlic to a large pot of salted water. Cook the potatoes until fork tender. Drain and return to the pot and start mashing.
- Pour in the olive oil.
- Continue to mash until they are smooth and creamy.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh chives, if desired.
And for quick and easy weeknight dinners, they pair well with pan fried chickpeas and your favorite vegetables.
Leftover olive oil mashed potatoes can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. For best results, do not freeze.
Reheat in the oven in a covered baking dish at 350°F until heated through. Or cover and reheat in the microwave.
Feel free to leave the skins on for a more rustic dish. However, peeling them will result in a smoother, creamier texture.
Yes, Yukon gold potatoes are a type of yellow potato.
If yellow or gold potatoes are unavailable, any thin skinned variety such as white or red will work for making mashed potatoes.
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Dairy-Free Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
- 2 pounds yellow potatoes, (such as Yukon gold) peeled and quartered
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled (keep cloves whole)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- fresh chives, minced, for garnish (optional)
- Add the potatoes and garlic to a large pot of salted water. Simmer over medium heat. Cook the potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.2 pounds yellow potatoes, 4 cloves garlic
- Reserve about a cup of the cooking water by dipping a coffee mug into the pot to collect the liquid. Then drain the cooked potatoes and garlic.
- Return the drained potatoes and garlic to the pot. Using a potato masher, start mashing the potatoes and garlic.
- Pour in the olive oil. Continue to mash, adding a little of the reserved cooking water at a time, as needed, to thin out the potatoes.¼ cup olive oil
- Season to taste with salt and pepper, and continue to mash until they reach your desired creaminess.salt and pepper
- Transfer to a serving bowl and top with minced chives, if using.fresh chives
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Nutritional information is an estimation only.